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A Time To Confront

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! And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. 1 Corinthians 5:1-2 (NKJV)

What would you do if your child (or any child for that matter) got a hold of a bottle of bleach, had opened the lid, and was about to drink it?  I am sure this seems like a no brainer, as we would all say that we would stop the child immediately; after all, failure to do so would lead to certain death.  I believe we would do this out of love for the child and the family.  Now, what if instead of bleach the child had struck a match and was about to set the house on fire?  Again, you would probably confront him or her and take the necessary action to stop them — this time out of concern for the child and everyone else in the house.  

In 1 Corinthians 5 we can see the Apostle Paul confronting the Church of Corinth in much the same way.  Paul confronts them about their liberal tolerance of sexual immorality within the church. Now, God’s Word clearly states we are not to judge others (Matt. 7:1-5), but this is referring to our judging them to condemnation — only Jesus has this right (Rom. 8:34).  But we are told to use good judgment, and this will include our confronting our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in flagrant sin — those who deliberately sin, feel no guilt, and refuse to repent. We do this because leaving this type of public sin unconfronted or undisciplined within the church will have a dangerous influence on the entire body. If left uncorrected it will bring about confusion and division among the congregation. 

A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Galatians 5:9 (NKJV)

Tolerance can be a good thing, but never when another believer is in ongoing unrepented sin.  The Corinthian believers had actually become proud of their tolerance and grace — so much so they failed to confront those who were in ongoing sin, nor did they mourn the sinful acts they were engaged in.

I want to be clear here — as Christians we will stumble in sin occasionally, but we should never be comfortable in our sin, nor should we be comfortable with allowing ongoing unrepented sin within the lives of our fellow believers within the body.  God has asked us to put off our old sinful ways of living, and to put on the new way of living in Christ Jesus (Col. 4:20-24).  We must remember we have been called to live differently — to reflect God’s light in the midst of this dark world. 

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…Philippians 2:14-15 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 2:14-15 how are we to conduct ourselves?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to confront those around you who are living in the darkness and death of unconfessed and unrepented sin?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to confront in love, those who are believers in Jesus Christ who are living in open and unrepented sin so they may be restored.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for Your whole counsel; including this passage of Scripture to show me Your heart on confronting sin within the body. Help me to first take the log out of my own eye in any area where I may be in sin, and then give me a proper heart to confront others in love.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be blessed, Pastor Scott


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