Summary: 4 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...
SIN ACCOMODATING CHURCHES-IV—1Cor. 5:1-13
The Zika virus is a feared disease that is spread by mosquitoes. The insidious nature of the virus is heartbreaking. It’s damage is most notable in that the infants of infected pregnant women are born with microcephaly. It also causes other severe brain defects in unborn children & may also cause eye defects, hearing loss, & impaired growth.
Now across the street on the west side of the church, there is a city lot which is overgrown & has a building which is unused & in disrepair. Apart from the problem of the building there are some discarded tires in the lot. When it rains(if it ever rains again!) the tires hold water, which mosquitoes need & will use to breed.
Now...Suppose we allow the tires(breeding ground) to remain undisposed of. The Zika virus spreads. Children are deformed. The families of those of childbearing age suffer tremendously & needlessly. Why? Because individuals & the community did not see fit to do its part to remove a problem!
*Dance around rather than taking care of a problem.
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...
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’!
Regardless, neither the lost nor the church can afford to submit to such abuse.
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?
9 deficiencies of sin accommodating churches.
We had previously visited the fact that,
Sin Accommodating Churches skirt/deny...
3. God’s PRESENCE(:3)
4. AVAILABLE ARSENAL/Weaponry(:4)
5—Sin Accommodating churches skirt/deny...
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY(:5)—See #10 :13
:5—“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.”