Lawsuits and immorality among believers!
Scripture reading for August 10th: 1st Corinthians 6:1-20
Lawsuits are a big thing in our culture. Lawyers advertise to entice people to file suits and win big settlements. Of course, they get a big cut themselves. Everyone needs to have liability insurance to help in case of some negligent act triggering a lawsuit that will take their savings and even their home. It was happening in Paul’s day!
“If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world , are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life? (1st Corinthians 6:1-3) Paul’s statements about saints ultimately judging the world and even angels are amazing revelations given to him by God. He likened the disputes that believers had here on earth to trivial matters compared to what was to come.
The name of Christ was being shamed by believers going to court and arguing with other believers in front of unbelievers. Paul told them that they would be better off just suffering the wrong than take their brothers to court with unbelievers. They should judge among themselves in the church or just drop the matters of dispute.
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders no thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Paul taught them that people practicing wickedness indicated that they are not really saved. A person who thinks they are right with God when they are really not is incapable of repenting.
Today’s main argument for homosexual sins is that they are genetic. People are not responsible because God made them that way! God’s word teaches that sin is a choice and that this list of sins leads to death and eternal separation from God. God can cleanse and deliver people from all of these sins!