Saturday, August 22, 2020

What did Paul say?!?

It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father’s wife. You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst.

For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 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. 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 NASB

So what is this about? What is Paul saying?  Read it again.  This is about sinful corruption within a Church being called out.  Called for what it is.  How many Churches today would think that this letter to the Corinthians was written to them?  Probably none, yet in truth it is written to them.  

Paul's chief reason to write was immorality but read on as he expands it to include idolatry among other things. 

Idolatry includes bringing in the playing of university songs as part of a worship service to God.  It includes anything that is being focused on that isn't Jesus Christ in a worship service.  This is the path a Church went evidently in what we read in Revelation, the one that forgot her first love.  All kinds of programs and zeal but idolatry moves the heart away from God to something of man. 

I am not writing this to keep on going on about it, but to reveal truth.  Idolatry is alive and thriving in the modern Church.  Idolizing people to organizations from the pulpit or the choir.   To call it what it is, is what Jesus would do. 

Where is anyone edified or lifted up in the name of Jesus when the Ohio State University fight song or alma mater song is played and sung right before proclaiming that you want the Heavens to open up so that they can see Jesus? That's what happened.  People being taught it's ok to worship a University alongside of Jesus Christ. 

What does Scripture say? It says that God says He is a jealous God.  Paul would turn over such idoliters who claim to be believers to Satan for the destruction of the flesh.  The message of the Bible never needs changing with the times.  The truth is the same yesterday, today and forever. 

Oh dear reader if your Church is caught up in idolatry get out!  Run!  Scripture is clear where this is concerned. 

Think long and hard on this.  Paul is writing the Corinthians to get them back on track with Godly living.  To keep the Church pure. 

Churches get large for 2 reasons either God is behind it or Satan is.  Satan will easily help a Church that is willing to compromise to get more people in it.  

Consider well your own life in regards to how you have allowed compromise to enter in. Now is the time to return to Christ while you still have that option and opportunity. 

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