Clean up the church!

You may think I’m harsh but I believe a main problem with the church today is sin on the inside. Christian’s aren’t living according to the ways of Christ and unbelievers can see it.

It’s not a new problem. Sin is sin and it exists in all. But when someone has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, then a transformation must take place in that life – a change that is discernible by all.

Part of the weaponry of outsiders includes sins not policed within the church – sins like adultery, fornication, drunkenness, or lying.
The church can often overlook these things.
I have had couples in my church that were living together. Granted they were not in any form of leadership in the church. I believe the leadership of the church should be good examples for everyone and must not engage in behavior that would give cause for accusations.

In the Corinthian church was a problem with sin that the church allowed.
Paul said,

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles — that a man has his father’s wife! 1 Cor 5:1

A sin that the Gentiles (pagans or heathens) wouldn’t do!

Paul’s recommendation was this.

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. 1 Cor 5:5

More or less – get him out of your church.

Pray for him – sure!
Be friends with him – definitely.
Love him – yes.
But you cannot allow this type of behavior in the church according to Paul.

Paul continues with his thoughts and advice to the Corinthian church.

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.” 1 Cor 5:12-13

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