One of the problems the apostle Paul dealt with in the church in Corinth is how the Corinthians exalted the fleshly and the worldly. We know from 1 Corinthians 12-14 that they wanted flare and attention getting, as seen in their elevation of tongue speaking over all other spiritual gifts. They praised speaking style and entertainment value of the speaker as seen in 1 Corinthians 1-4. They elevated displays of boldness and power. The book of 2 Corinthians reveals that some were very critical of Paul’s suffering and sacrifices. This was such a problem that some doubted his apostleship because of all he experienced in suffering as an apostle. What is interesting about these problems Paul dealt with is that Paul would have a similar problem today.
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