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Summary: 3 of 7. Paul admonished the Corinthian church because they had allowed/accommodated heinous sin in their midst. The church must not tolerate/accommodate sin in their midst. But How are they to act against such? Sin Accommodating Churches skirt...

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SIN ACCOMODATING CHURCHES-III—1Cor. 5:1-13

Attention:

In the days of wooden ships & boats—A ship or boat whose hull is known to have shipworms below the water-line. Shipworms have an overwhelming presence in every ocean. In the 1700’s the British covered the hulls with copper. In the 1800’s creosote began to be used as a deterrent.

Suppose a captain docks the boat not concerned with the detrimental shipworms. The boat is given harbor, protected from the wind & adverse weather, all the while allowing the shipworms to infest the boats & docks of others, weakening that which is depended upon.

*Dance around rather than approaching an object.

Similarly, The Church proper is populated by Christians, all of the same heritage...they are brothers & sisters by the blood of Jesus. None of them are Christian sympathizers, they are actual Christians!

However, the sympathizers are readily invited to witness & be involved with the true Christian work but only to a limited extent...

...Because...

1)The church works so closely with the world, & that...

2)We cannot ultimately determine the reality of anyone’s salvation(only God can per 1Cor. 4-5) & that...

3)We minister with those who consider themselves ‘saved,’ the church can inadvertently & ignorantly become party to worldliness.

4)Our hearts can deceive us so that we think we are doing God service when in fact we are undermining the Kingdom(Jer. 17:9-10; Jn. 16:2-3)!

Such a hodge-podge can invite a label of ‘hypocrisy’ upon the Church among outsiders, who lump all so-called ‘Christians’ together, assuming everyone who claims the name ‘Christian’ is the ‘real-deal’...

Such a hodge-podge can also invite a label of ‘hypocrisy’ upon the Church from insiders, who impose legalism upon the Church in order to ‘weed out’ sympathizers from the ‘real deal’!

Paul admonished(called out) the Corinthian church because they had allowed/accommodated heinous sin in their midst.

The church must not accommodate sin in their midst.

*How can the true church effectively act against sin in their midst?

When does a church accommodate sin?

10 deficiencies of sin accommodating churches.

We had previously visited the fact that,

Sin Accommodating Churches skirt/deny...

1. BASELINES(:1)

2. BROKENNESS(:2)

3. God’s PRESENCE(:3)

4—Sin Accommodating churches skirt/deny...

AVAILABLE ARSENAL/Weaponry(:4)

Explanation:(:4)Evident/Provisioned power

:4—“In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,”

By “the name of” the Church’s & Paul’s “Lord Jesus Christ” there must be action taken(:5). When the Church is “gathered together,” it is openly recognized as the representation of Christ’s body on earth. They are also “gathered together” “along with” Paul’s “spirit(his judgment/determination(:3)), as well as “with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Thus the Corinthian church is to enter an action concisely described in :5. It is the righteous compulsion of the Church to do so.

“& meeting in the name of our Lord Jesus”...“if taken with "gathered together"(sunacyentwn) Paul assumes less apostolic prerogative to himself. But he did have such power & used it against Elymas (Ac 13:8ff) as Peter did against Ananias & Sapphira (Ac 5:1ff).”—RWP


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