1 Corinthians 16:15-16 KJV
I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.
Submission is a dirty word in our current climate. We have elevated ourselves to the point that we do not easily see a reason to ever put ourselves under another. There are few causes for which we, like our American forefathers, would give our lives, our fortunes and our honor.
- The average American may not even care if he has a testimony of honor
- Duty is of little value
- Virtue is almost unheard of
And yet the Word of God instructs the Corinthian believers, a church filled with Christian inconsistencies, error and sin, to submit themselves to those who had addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints.
The most effective way to correct the error in the church was through submission.
That is still the case.