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1 Corinthians 16:12

Apollos told the apostle, "I am sorry, but I have something more important to do." Does Paul give any indication of being offended, or that Apollos did something wrong?

We have been taught to obey without thinking. That is wrong. In every situation, God wants us to think! It is not wrong even to tell an apostle, "I am sorry, but I feel I have something else to do that is more important at this time." That is not heresy! That is the truth of God. God put this episode in the Book to show us that we are a free moral agent. Sin is not involved in this; it does not concern the law of God. This is simply a circumstance that arose, and there is no indication that Apollos was disrespectful. He merely felt that he had to do something more important at that time—even though an apostle urged him to fill this need for the sake of the church.

John W. Ritenbaugh
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