Should the Christian Church Maintain Godliness? 0513

Should the Christian Church Maintain Godliness?

“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. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore ‘put away from yourselves the evil person.’ ” (I Corinthians 5:11-13 NKJV)

The church is the body of Christ. How can a Christian condone or silently permit anyone who claims to be “Christian” to think, look, or act sinfully as the world is without rebuke? The buildings and organizations that are called churches today, frequently do this very thing.

“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.”

Here is the rub…. What happens when church leadership condones or normalizes worldliness within church attenders or members? Biblically it’s the duty of every Christian to lovingly rebuke their Christian brother. But the churches of today would rather ask a godly Christian brother to leave rather than rebuke those that normalized worldliness.

Evangelism is done out in the world. Discipleship is done in the church.

Hearing God’s word leads to Regeneration leads to faith leads to repentance leads to baptism leads to justification leads to the gift of Holy Spirit leads to becoming part of the church leads to sanctification leads to glorification.

Why would a true Christian open the visible church to impenitent unbelievers?

Maybe the visible churches are led by false teachers and filled with tares.
“Therefore ‘put away from yourselves the evil person.’ ”

It’s easy to see the idolatry of a tattoo. It’s easy to see the fashion and behavior of the sexually immoral. It’s easy to see the passions and hear the fowl language of a reviler. But most of the worldly have one costume on Sunday morning and another for the rest of the week. We must know each other well enough and love each other close enough to have the emotional right to do our Christian duty to rebuke our brothers and sister’s in Christ.

Christ must come first. His standard our goal and our guide, personal and corporate.

In Jesus name!

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~ by az4christ on May 13, 2013.

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