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Sin tolerated is deadly!

Scripture reading for February 27: Deuteronomy 21-26

One of the most difficult things to do is to change.  We are by nature procrastinators and easily get comfortable with sin and evil in our lives and culture.  We blame others for our bad habits and use the victim mentality to justify our own rebellion.  We easily judge others who are “worse than us” and can see their need to change.  Looking in the mirror and admitting that I need to change is another story.  Through Moses’ sermon to the younger generation, we can gain insight about the radical methods God prescribed under the Old Testament Law to remove sin and guilt from our lives and community. Moses repeated many times: “purge evil from among you”.

“If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, then his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious.  He will not obey us.  He is a profligate and a drunkard.”  Then all the men of the town shall stone him to death.  You must purge evil from among you. All Israel will hear it and be afraid.”  (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)

According to this passage, one form of evil is dishonoring and rebelling against your God-given authority. This was a breaking of God’s law in Moses’ day, the only true source of knowing good and evil for the nation of Israel.   A son who refused to listen and be corrected by his parents exhibited rebellion.  Evil cannot be negotiated with or excused.  Discipline was to be used to remove it or drive it out of one’s home or life.  If excused, evil will affect community and nation.  It is more than a personal matter. 

Now, don’t jump to the conclusion that we should stone our children today.  This law was for God’s family under the old covenant.  It is teaching us principles of parenting and community involvement in setting standards for evil and its removal.  If we tolerate evil, it always spreads.  A lack of swift justice or discipline allows evil to grow.  A swift punishment instills a holy fear of God’s Word and reinforces the seriousness of evil as a source of death.  Notice the elders were involved here.  Those with wisdom and maturity helped the family deal with the rebellious child.  Their goal was removing evil from the midst of the community and promoting order and peace.  They cared about all the children and the future.

The general lesson for us is our need for a clear definition of good and evil in community and support for parents disciplining their children (Ephesians 6:1-4). Do you think that our culture understands disrespect of parents or authority to be sin or evil? What results when a culture tolerates evil or excuses it? Pray today for our parents and those in authority.

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Judging inside Christ’s church

Scripture reading for August 7th: 1st Corinthians 5, Psalm 6, Proverbs 1

1st Corinthians 5: 9-13 “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people–not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler–not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.””

The Word of God makes it clear that sitting in the place of God and judging others is not right. Only God is righteous and knows how to judge each person as He knows their hearts perfectly and sees all facts. He has given all judgment to His Son, Jesus Christ. However, God has given limited judgment to His people to purge evil from His Church. This judgment is to be exercised based on facts of two or more witnesses. Opportunity to repent and ask for grace is to be given. If there is a refusal to repent, the unrepentant person who claims to be a believer must be put out of the church and association with them cut off. This is to bring them godly sorrow in hopes of repentance and restoration. Sin, like leaven in bread, can infect the whole church if not dealt with. Lord give us grace to hear and obey!

Psalm 6:8-9 “Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.”

Prayer: Father God, it has been with weeping and pleas for repentance that I have obeyed this passage in Your Word. Thankfully, I have seen fruit of repentance in some but others turned away. I am thankful that all final judgment is given to Jesus Christ, the righteous Judge. Help me and Your church leaders to follow Your instructions to purge evil from Your church and see Your grace draw many to the cross.

Proverbs 1:32-33 “For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

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Discipline in Christ’s Church

Scripture reading for August 31st: 1st Corinthians 5

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 5:1-5 “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. For although absent in body, I am present in spirit’ and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the Name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.”

Christ’s Church is His body on earth and is required to reflect God’s holiness and truth found in His Word. As the Church is formed out of the culture with converted sinners, some of the sinful culture seeps into the body. Not all believers are quick to repent and some strongholds are more difficult to break. Paul wrote to the Corinthians about a man in their body who was sexually immoral but nothing was being done about it. He told the leaders that they were arrogant for not confronting this problem and explained how to do it. If the man would not repent, he was to be turned over to Satan by putting him out of the fellowship of believers. The goal was the destruction of this stronghold in the man’s life through repentance and eventual restoration. The evil person must not be allowed to stay in the church of Christ Jesus until a turn-around was made.

1st Corinthians 5:6-7 “Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father, thank You for giving discipline instructions to Your Church leaders. As a member of Your body here on earth, I want to be a new lump without leaven. I have accepted Christ as my Passover Lamb that I might be unleavened. Help Your Church to apply these discipline instructions where needed to reflect Your holiness and to possibly bring healing and restoration.

1st Corinthians 5:12-13 “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.””

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Dealing with gross sin among believers.

Scripture reading for August 31st: Isaiah 30-32, 1st Corinthians 5

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 5:9-13 “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people–not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler–not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.””

There was gross immorality in the church at Corinth. Paul wrote to them concerning the handling of this problem. The world is full of sexual immorality but it should not be in the church. God’s Word is clear concerning this truth. Those who claim to be ‘brothers’ or ‘sisters’ and are living in immorality, idolatry, drunkenness, or other sins are not to be taken into the fellowship of the church unless they repent. Those inside the church must be disciplined by church leadership. God will take care of those outside.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for clear instruction for Your church in dealing with gross immorality among those who call themselves believers. Help Your leaders to faithfully apply this instruction.

Isaiah 30:15 “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling . . .”

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Purging evil from the congregation!

Scripture reading for February 27th: Deuteronomy 21-26

“If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, then his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious.  He will not obey us.  He is a profligate and a drunkard.”  Then all the men of the town shall stone him to death.  You must purge evil from among you. All Israel will hear it and be afraid.”  (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)

One form evil was dishonoring and rebelling against parents.  This case was not a first incident, but had been dealt with many times without repentance by the son.  The son had refused to listen and be corrected by his parents was exhibiting rebellion that if left uncorrected would spread evil to the community.  Discipline was to be used to remove it or drive it out of one’s home or life.   Evil leads to death and that can spread to others in the community.

Now, don’t jump to the conclusion that we should stone our children today!  This law was for God’s family under the old covenant.  But it can teach us principles that will help us raise godly children who will be a blessing to the community.  We must not tolerate evil in our children, but discipline them in love and teach them God’s Word.  Swift punishment of evil instills a holy fear of God’s Word and reinforces the seriousness of evil as a source of death.  Notice the elders with wisdom and maturity were called upon to help.  They cared about all the children and the future well-being of the community.

The general lesson for us is our need for a clear definition of good and evil.  This is found in the Word of God.  The community working together to purge evil and promote respect for God’s law was foundational to God’s blessing of His people.  Contemplate these truths and ask God how to apply them personally and in the community we belong to!

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