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1 Corinthians 5.5
Now here’s a hot potato of a chapter for us to study. I have isolated one verse here that seems to be overlooked by the tolerant and cultural church.
How would it work for churches today to excommunicate someone for their unrepentant sin? The churches would be empty. But another problem is, how many pastors are just as guilty as his congregation? How many pastors lead habitually sinful lives and think nothing of it?
Leonard Ravenhill said this, “If Jesus came back to today, He would cleanse the Temple, He would cleanse the pulpit.”
Paul, in fact was saying if a brother or sister was willfully sinning without repenting, that the church was supposed to (by commandment), excommunicate and shun the person straight out the door of the church, and have nothing to do with him. The members were to ignore him until he repented. He was to be delivered into the world so that he would not be under the protective covering of the church. He would either repent or be consumed in his sin. If a biblically saved brother ended up being judged for his sin, at least his soul would be saved.
Do we deal with sin like this today? Of course not. There wouldn’t be many churches still in existence if we did. And of course, when money rules, they only way a pastor can feed his lifestyle, is through paying members.
SO DON’T ROCK THE BOAT!
Protect your lifestyle at all costs, even if it means turning a blind eye to the sin that is spreading around you. Paint over the mold, and cover up the leprosy. Love, love and more love!
Wrong. For if a pastor allows the leaven of sin to spread amongst the church, then all will be affected by its grasp. You must cut out the cancer before it kills the body. You must cast out the leper before he spreads his disease.
The Bible commands it! Shouldn’t that be good enough? We read in verse 11:
“But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner–not even to eat with such a person”
Don’t even eat or keep company with such a person. This person is not a rank sinner of the world, for Paul said you would have to come out of the world and isolate yourselves. No, this is a fellow believer who has fallen into sin and is non-repentant.
It couldn’t be any plainer.
We must obey or be judged. We must comply or be damned as apostates. Would you want to be blessed as obedient servants obeying your Master’s wishes, or would you rather stand before Him on THAT Day guilty of mutiny?
There really isn’t a choice for the believer. It’s a matter of obedience.
And I have found that as the Church (for we each are the Body and ARE the Church), I have had to do the hard task of obedience in this as well. Not an easy nor easily fought out truth to bring to bear, but we have to nonetheless. Remember, we must forgive, but we also must not join up again with unrepentant sinners. God commands it. And the Good Shepherd always protects His own. This is one way in which He does that. Pray for those who have been turned over (few as there may be in these days), that God may grant them deep and genuine repentance and life everlasting, reborn and remade through the biblical Christ.~AGM
Gratefully reblogged from paultheslave….