Does not hold to teaching God's commands in 1 Cor. that women should have long hair, and that men are commanded to go after speaking up in the church service. A plain bible believing reading of 1 Cor. 12-14 shows that today's church services don't follow God's instructions of how God wants a church service to be conducted. How have we arrived at the place were the modern church service today is accepted as biblical? I think Martin Luther's words give the answer. " I have observed that all the heresies and errors have arisen not from Scripture's own plain statements, but when that plainness of statement is ignored, and men follow the Scholastic arguments of their own brains" .
- Lawrence, With respect, this is an incredibly short-sighted review / response that ignores the nature of overall scripture over the course of time. Your intentions are pure, no doubt; however, your obstinacy to understand how God works with humanity at their own level (rather than expecting them to operate as his level) -- to meet them where they're at and speak in ways in which they understand at their time and in their place -- will generally cause incorrect views and understandings about who God is, and what He wants / expects from us. It will, in-fact, often cause you to misunderstand many portions of His word and, if that wasn't enough, relay incorrect messages to others, thereby causing them to be choked-out by "thorns" (Matt. 13:7). If you wanted to limit to only a plain reading, then you should be following all of the 613 commandments of the Torah, since Jesus stated explicitly that every last pen-stroke of the law will last until Heaven and Earth pass away (which, btw, are still here) and, furthermore, He said that only those who keep every ounce of the Torah (i.e. pen-stroke) and who teach others to do the same will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:17-19), which is why he came to fulfill / uphold / practice the law, and did not abolish one iota from it. Likewise, compare John 14:21, 23; or very importantly, 1st John 2:3-6 (and many more). And by this, you should be wearing Tzit-Tziot (i.e. blue tassels) and much more. All of Messianic Judaism is built around this premise -- that the Torah is obligatory until Heaven and Earth pass away. And this is based on a plain reading of scripture. On the other hand, a plain reading of scripture also tells you that there was a global flood, yet, even with the textual contradictions (and there are reasons for that), and while ignoring deeper scientific evidence about it, we can know from basic logic that there couldn't be a global deluge, namely, because the Ark is said to have rested on Mt. Ararat with all land animals for the Earth, yet all marsupials somehow knew to head across the Levant, across Eurasia, across the Himalayas, across South-East Asia / modern-day China, then swam across the South China Sea and Indian Ocean, all the way to Australia, and doing that without going anywhere else on Earth, and without leaving a single skeleton along the way. So how would they know to do that all-together? And how did they know not to go anywhere else on Earth? And how did they not die along the way? And how did they swim across the ocean (can Kangaroos and Koala Bears swim that well)?? Instead, if we understand the Flood narrative as a parable-ethical type of store (just like parables Jesus told), we can see it being a story about sin, falling away from God, as well as punishment, mercy, forgiveness, and rebirth / renewal. That holds a very beautiful and meaningful message for us to better understand what kind of God it is we serve. But if you limit it to a plain reading, you not only diminish that beauty and meaning, you also cause a stumbling block for your brethren who have enough sense to see it can't be what you're claiming (i.e. literal history), and thus conclude the entire Bible must be a sham. If you think that's okay, or if you're justifying to yourself that it's their fault, I urge you to read 1 Cor. 8:13. The Bible is as the Bible does. It is whatever it is, because it's God's word to us. If we tell God what His Word can or can't be, then we have in essence placed ourselves at his level, if not above him, in authority. That's a dangerous place to be, and not one where I want to be. Instead, we should always be willing to learn more about who God is, and what His Word says, and what His Word is. He is so in-exhaustively complex, we can never be done learning about Him, and I think he's laid out His Word for us in such a way that even 2,000 years later we can continue learning new things about it, and about Him. I'd strongly urge you Lawrence to reconsider your judgmental attitude, and to reconsider the concept of an "only a plain reading" approach. It doesn't seem to be helping you with love toward others (based on this approach), nor in mercy and patience, but driving you toward judgmentalism and incorrect understandings. Very respectfully, - Jim