Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Let the world see the church of God does not tolerate iniquity!!

1Co 5:11-13 - 'But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.' {NASB}

The holy name of God is being dragged through the mud by men like Doug Phillips and his recent sex scandal, by Driscoll and all his hypocritical actions which are too lengthy to mention here, by men who claim to have authority and use that as an excuse to belittle, oppress, and and make large sums of money.  Organizations like World Vision have damaged Christ's name with their recent decision to hire homosexuals, then retracting that statement and stating ' We are asking for your continued support'. Sure they are!!! It's always about money, power, etc with false religions.
Why isn't the church dealing with men and organizations like these?

The Apostle Paul had NO problem laying down guidelines, from God, on how to deal
with impenitent men. How are we to deal with the sexually immoral? The idolater? The reviler? The swindler? And so on...
They must be removed from the church! Yet, we see men like Driscoll still in the pulpit. Let's look at a couple of sins the Apostle mentions here a bit closer, using commentary from Albert Barnes to do so...

The railer, or reviler - "A reproachful man; a man of coarse, harsh, and bitter words; a man whose characteristic it was to abuse others; to vilify their character, and wound their feelings. It is needless to say how much this is contrary to the spirit of Christianity, and to the example of the Master, “who when he was reviled, reviled not again.”
The drunkard - " Perhaps there might have been some then in the church, as there are now, who were addicted to this vice. It has been the source of incalculable evils to the church; and the apostle, therefore, solemnly enjoins on Christians to have no fellowship with a man who is intemperate."
John Gill does an excellent job in his commentary, " The apostle's meaning is, that in his prohibition of keeping company with men of the above character, he would be
understood of such persons as were called brethren; who had been received into the
church, and had been looked upon, and had professed themselves to be such; and who might be mentioned by name, as notoriously guilty of fornication, covetousness, idolatry, and extortion, mentioned in the former verse; to which are added two other sins any of them might be addicted to, as "railing" either at their fellow brethren and Christians, or others giving reproachful language to them, and fixing invidious characters on them: and "drunkenness"; living in the frequent commission of that sin, and others before spoken of; and that such persons remaining impenitent and incorrigible, still persisting, in such a vicious course of life, after due admonition given them, were not only to be removed from their religious society, from the communion of the church, and be debarred sitting down, and eating with them at the Lord's table, or at their love feasts, but also were to be denied civil conversation and familiarity with them, and even not suffered to eat common food at the same table with them: which though lawful to be used with the men of the world, yet for some reasons were not advisable to be used with such; partly for vindicating the honour of religion, and preventing the stumbling of the weak; and partly to make such offenders ashamed, and bring them to repentance."
The Apostle doesn't say, 'oh, we all sin', or 'we must forgive one another'. These are some excuses I've heard concerning grievous sin in the church; however, Paul is very straightforward, 'I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother' ...'not even to eat with such a one.' That seems clear doesn't it? Once again, read what Albert Barnes says about not associating with a wicked brother, "To be wholly separated and withdrawn from such a person. Not to associate with him in any manner."

Concerning the command to not eat with such a one, Barnes says " To have no contact or fellowship with him of any kind; not to do anything that would seem to acknowledge him as a brother; with such an one not even to eat at the same table. The reasons may have been:
(1) The necessity of keeping the church pure
(2) In respect to the pagan, there could be no danger of its being supposed that
Christians regarded them as brethren
(3) This entire separation and withdrawing from all communion was necessary in these times to save the church from scandal, and from the injurious reports which were circulated.

Lastly, the Apostle commands to 'remove the wicked man from among yourselves'. Again, I like what Albert Barnes says here, "Excommunicate him; expel him from your society. This is the utmost power which the church has; and this act the church is bound to exercise upon all those who have openly offended against the laws of Jesus Christ.

Remarks On 1 Corinthians 5 {from Barnes}

1. A public rumor with regard to the existence of an offence in the church should lead to discipline. This is due to the church itself that it may be pure and uninjured; to the cause, that religion may not suffer by the offence; and to the individual, that he may have justice done him, and his character vindicated if he is unjustly accused; or that if guilty he may be reclaimed and reformed - Offences should not be allowed to grow until they become scandalous; but when they do, every consideration demands that the matter should be investigated.

2. People are often filled with pride when they have least occasion for it; 1Co_5:2. This is the case with individuals - who are often elated when their hearts are full of sin - when they are indulging in iniquity; and it is true of churches also, that they are most proud when the reins of discipline are relaxed, and their members are cold in the service of God, or when they are even living so as to bring scandal and disgrace on the gospel.

3. We see in what way the Christian church should proceed in administering discipline; 1Co_5:2. It should not be with harshness, bitterness, revenge, or persecution. It should be with mourning that there is necessity for it; with tenderness toward the offender; with deep grief that the cause of religion has been injured; and with such grief at the existence of the offence as to lead them to prompt and decided measures to remove it.

4. The exercise of discipline belongs to the church itself; 1Co_5:4. The church at Corinth was to be assembled with reference to this offence, and was to remove the offender. Even Paul, an apostle, and the spiritual father of the church, did not claim the authority to remove an offender except through the church. The church was to take up the case; to act on it; to pass the sentence; to excommunicate the man. There
could scarcely be a stronger proof that the power of discipline is in the church, and is
not to be exercised by any independent individual, or body of people, foreign to the
church, or claiming an independent right of discipline. If “Paul” would not presume
to exercise such discipline independently of the church, assuredly no minister, and
no body of ministers have any such right now. Either by themselves in a collective
congregational capacity, or through their representatives in a body of elders, or in a
committee appointed by them; every church is itself originate and execute all the acts of Christian discipline over its members.

5. We see the object of Christian discipline; 1Co_5:5. It is not revenge, hatred, malice, or the more exercise of power that is to lead to it; it is “the good of the individual” that is to be pursued and sought. While the church endeavors to remain pure, its aim and object should be mainly to correct and reform the offender, that his spirit may be saved. When discipline is undertaken from any other motive than this; when it is pursued from private pique or rivalship, or ambition, or the love of power; when it seeks to overthrow the influence or standing of another, it is wrong. The salvation of the offender and the glory of God should prompt to all the measures which should be taken in the case.

6. We see from this chapter who are not to be regarded as Christians, whatever may be their professions; 1Co_5:11. A person who is:
(1) A fornicator: or,
(2) Covetous; or,
(3) An idolater; or,
(4) A “railer;” or,
(5) A drunkard; or,
(6) An “extortioner,” is not to be owned as a Christian brother.

Paul has placed the covetous man, and the railer, and extortioners, in most
undesirable company. They are ranked with fornicators and drunkards. And yet how many such persons there are in the Christian church - and many, too, who would regard it as a special insult to be ranked with a drunkard or an adulterer. But in the eye of God both are alike unfit for his kingdom, and are to be regarded as having no claims to the character of Christians." Barnes

If the church continues to ignore and excuse sin, then the LORD will certainly deal with it, including those who did nothing.


Jon Gleason said...

I Peter 4:17 "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:"

Modern evangelicalism suffers from the Corinthian malady. Apparently, they were proud of their "toleration," their willingness to be "patient" and work with people.

Our Lord calls us to be personally tolerant of others, but not to be tolerant of sin.

lyn said...

Agreed Jon. It seems the church has forgotten that. Driscoll is still in the pulpit and embraced by many, Piper is as well and he is embraced by many.

Then there's Rick Warren; the SBC lets him be...why? $$

C.J.Mahaney is involved in scandalous sex abuse allegations, and yet, he is still embraced by his peers.

Al Mohler speaks at BYU and is more concerned with teaming up with Mormons on their stance for marriage and family than he is at calling out their false beliefs.
I don't recall Christ teaming up with the Pharisees, and He certainly was NOT nice to them.

Christianity in America is highly superficial, fleshly, and driven by pride, self, the love of money, etc. Rather than be a part of it and share in its soon destruction, I separate from all of it and follow the Lamb. He loves His own and He will not let us be led astray.

Darrel said...

This is a problem that has been around from the beginning of the church as evidenced from the text. It seems to have grown worse with all the end time ingredients added to it. One such ingredient is that the love of many shall wax cold (Matt.24:9-12) producing a kind of "circling the wagons" around one's self to the point that no one matters but self. No wonder there is no "church discipline" with most concerned that if their friend's faults are exposed and dealt with so will mine. It seems that the "tare-to-wheat" ratio has long ago tipped in favor of the tares who definitely do not want their sins exposed

All this aside, the bright side is that in spite of the condition of any church our Lord is still about His business of saving His chosen ones, and that from within the walls of these delinquent churches (social clubs). Many are the stories of people saved from the religious lies they had been subject to and saved into the glorious kingdom of God having been set free from their sins only to walk with and praise their Risen Savior. In fact, this is all there is as far as people being saved that I can find. It seems that our Lord has put a halt to "churchy revivals" that produce more false converts. The stories are all different and yet they are all the same: "I see my sin and turn from it to the One who has mercy and the Lord has saved me" or something similar. It's coming up on ten years since the Lord found me in my sins and saved me and yet there is always the reminder of what He saved me out of and into-out of sin, into Him. Thanks be to God for this unspeakable gift!!!!

lyn said...

Amen Darrel; the 'wagon circling' mentality is growing and it's quite ugly isn't it? God have mercy when He unleashes His severe judgment on America. These men who huddled together, defended one another, and overlooked sin for the sake of $$ and being men pleasers should be very afraid.

I love this, 'He saved me out of and into- out of sin and into Him'....amen!!