Summary: 6 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-VI—1Cor. 5:1-13
Everglades City, FL is located in Collier County on the Gulf of Mexico in the ten-thousand-island region of southwestern peninsular Florida. The town was known as a way-point for the illegal drug trade, given its isolation & proximity to Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, etc.
Surely those who owned the marina(s) in town had to have at least suspected & probably had some knowledge about the illegal drug content of some of the boats arriving.
And so the drug trade blossomed.
*Dance around rather than approaching an object.
Many thousands(millions?) of people die every day. Many if not most of these die without Jesus. How many of them die in Franklin County without Jesus? How many of them die in Carrabelle without Jesus?
Have we made sure that they have heard the truth?...that truth is not muddled by the world & our apathy, inattention, distractions?
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’!
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. CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY(:5)—See #10 :13
6. DAMAGE POTENTIAL(:6)
8—Sin Accommodating churches skirt/deny...
:9—“I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.”
Paul had written in this or another letter. Here he references that authority employed to adjust behavior. The Christians at Corinth are “not to keep company with sexually immoral people.” This direction regards relationships within the church as :10 & :11 make plain. Such interrelationships encompassing the world are to be undertaken in a different light.