Topic: Sunday Message Verse: 1 Corinthians 5:13–5:13
Two Different Approaches
When it comes to judging and confronting others, there is a difference between those inside the church versus outside the church. There is a greater encouragement from the Bible to speak into the life of another Christian based upon: (1) Our mutual commitment to the authority of Scripture; (2) Our mutual commitment to the command to love. Those mutual commitments aren't there with non-Christians, so a Christian can't expect the same kind of receptivity.
1 Corinthians 5:1-13 NIV
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father's wife. And you are proud! Shouldn't you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this. So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked person from among you."
Where the Church Gets it Wrong
Too often, Christians and churches contradict the instruction given in 1 Cor. 5 and the rest of Scripture. We're harsh with outsiders, but soft on insiders. We're harsh with newcomers, but easy on longtimers. We're harsh on fringers, but easy on leaders. As a result, the people get hurt and Christianity loses credibility. These patterns should be reversed where leaders and longtimers are held to a higher standard of accountability.
Judging in the Church #1
(1) Act on fact, not on rumor.
Judging in the Church #2
(2) Judge biblical sins, not personal convictions.
Judging in the Church #3
(3) Sometimes love means speaking up.
Judging in the Church #4
(4) The closer the relationship, the greater the impact.
Judging in the Church #5
(5) If you enjoy it, you’re doing it wrong
Judging in the Church #6
(6) In serious situations, involve church leaders.
Next week Pastor Dan will conclude our "Judge Not..." series as he talks about what it means for us to hold convictions while also remaining compassionate toward others. We will also celebrate communion together as a church family. The following Sunday (July 5), we'll begin a new series entitled "Walk Wise"--a look into the practical life wisdom from the book of Proverbs.