Christians often seek to justify particular practices by appealing to scripture to authenticate them. On the subject of worship the paucity of relevant material can lead to the misuse of what is available. In recent times 1 Corinthians 12 – 14 has been exploited to find grounds for practices which seem to distort Paul’s teaching. A brief account of some of these flaws is followed by an exegetical study which seeks to demonstrate how the structure and coherence of Paul’s argument requires particular verses to be understood, in ways which are not widely recognised. This suggests modifications of some practices when Christians gather together.