The Church Was Never Inclusive
I find it interesting that now the Church, under the guise of being progressive is allowing cross dressers and gay people join their Church. It was never supposed to be this way and now in an attempt to get butts in seats many Churches have just given in to social pressure under the fear of lawsuits from left wing activists.
I really didn’t understand the Closed Brethren Groups when I was younger but now absolutely do. They are making an attempt to keep the Church Holy and Pure. Not that there isn’t sin in the Church but known sin is dealt with by the Church. It seems like the Church today has no interest in discipline or Bible teachings (except the fun good parts) and is more interested in financial gain , programs and entertaining people.
I do not remember the last time I heard a message on sin, holiness or repentance. Do you?
Here is some Scripture to think upon:
Matthew 18:15-17 New International Version (NIV)
Dealing With Sin in the Church
15 “If your brother or sister sins (a fellow Believer), go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. (Some manuscripts sins against you) If they listen to you, you have won them over.16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. (Deut. 19:15 – Old Testament Principle) 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
Corinthians 5 speaks about how to handle fornicators and drunkards in the Church
9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
Corinth was a mess. There was false teaching going on and if someone was found to be living a sinful lifestyle you were not to have anything to do with them. Today we would say that person is toxic to my faith and I cant hang around them.
No we are not supposed to judge those outside the Church. God will be their judge. We are to be careful not to let the leaven in. If someone that is living a lifestyle contrary to what God accept then they are to be confronted.
The purpose of Church Discipline is ALWAYS spiritual restoration.
There are 4 steps.
1) Matthew 18:15 (personal one on one)
2) Matthew 18:16 (two or three witnesses) The reason is to make sure that the person is still in sin and that there are witnesses tat they still aren’t ready to repent
3) If the person still is not willing to repent then The elders of the Church will be told and then they will communicate the offence to the Body appropriately. They should appropriately warn the person if they are still in sin what step three and four entails.
4) Ostracism – they are to be treated as a tax collector, not treated badly but treated as someone outside the Body. When a professing believer refuses to repent, the church is to treat him as if he were outside of the fellowship. This does not mean no contact and every opportunity that presents itself to admonish him or her to repent should be taken. (this is not shunning)
So with this I see some Pastors and Elders today who allow flagrant abuse of Scripture and the Church to be abused who need to be rebuked. They are members of the Body at large and yet go against what God has said in His Word.
We can disagree on the secondary matters but the Church of God is not a place of entertainment. It is a spiritual fight for life.
I will leave this here
Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.