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Dore_woodcut_Divine_Comedy_01“…deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”

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.

surfboatDo 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!

Right?

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. 

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As for false professors and religious predators…Shepherds, know who is in your church. Know how they work and keep them out of the flock….guard the sheep from the voracious wolves who love to insinuate themselves into it for their own predatory gain. That is what a good shepherd does…he protects Christ’s flock. No matter what. No matter how the predator will try to make it look or try to be a martyr. Protect Christ’s sheep. The world calls them narcissists, sociopaths, God calls them depraved tares, wolves who will not spare the flock, and who infiltrate with a smile, a knowledge of the word (to an extent…grill them on application, inspect their real lives…). The days are evil, and evil has entered the pews. Know the enemy. And employ the word of God and obey it.

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