Borrowed Truths

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Borrowed Truths

Remove Them

Are there people in your church that should not be there? Interesting question, and I have yet to hear anyone say anything other than of course not, all are welcome. There are commandments that the individual is to adhere to, commandments that the leaders of the congregation are responsible for, and Scripture references that are applicable for the entire body of Christ, whether they are assembled or not. When they are assembled, together as a group, these commandments are just as imperative as any of the others we are to obey, in fact, in some ways even more.

The unrepentant sinner is not to be a continuing presence within the assembly of believers, (1 Cor. 5:1-2) and there are many reasons for this, but the most important one is that God says so. When my lovely wife and I were discussing this she brought up an excellent point, one that I must admit I became a little too adamant about, and that was that these individuals will lead astray some within the congregation. I can completely understand her point, for not only is it valid, but it is true, if there is one thing that is rare in evangelical circles these days it is informed Christians. Oh, they are well versed not only in the ways of the world, in what is going on in their community and beyond, but when it comes to the precepts of the Word of God, not so much.

They, along with the hierarchy of the church, will allow the unrepentant sinners entrance week after week, year after year, hoping that by continually appearing and taking their now well worn “assigned” seat in the pew, that perhaps someday they will come to the knowledge of the truth, repent, and truly become children of the Most High. They will give excuses and rationalizations for disobeying the Scriptures, and the unlearned will not only agree with them, but will indeed be led astray by those who should not even be in attendance. The majority of the blame of course is to be laid at the pastor’s feet, “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.” (James 3:1) But many times those in authority would rather count heads than save souls.

There again, the reasons are many, economics, pride, a desire to have a large church, dead or otherwise, then a smaller one filled with people whose only desire is to honor God. But the Word of the Lord is to be obeyed, here and in all manners, these “spots on your feast” (Jude 1:12) are not to be allowed to participate for one main reason above all others, the name of God will be blasphemed. Recall David here when Nathan visited him almost a year after his sin with Bathsheba, (2 Sam 12) “Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme.” (2 Sam. 12:14) These individuals, for reasons unknown save to themselves, will continue to darken the doors of your assembly, your time of worship and praise, until they are met face to face with an ultimatum. They will go about their wicked, sinful lives during the week, and in moments of revelry, drunkenness, lewdness, and all the other paths that the lost are placing themselves on, will say to others that they are members of such and such church.

The name of God, the reputation of His Holy name, this individual will besmirch, without a second thought, with no care or concern that his actions are what the lost see as the actions and words of not only that particular church, but Christians as a whole. This is the reason for these commandments my friends, and those who say that them being in the assembly as often as possible is the surest way to bring them to Christ are dead wrong and in direct disobedience to the Word and will of God.

This is not an easy subject, but serving Christ does not promise easy, He promises joy, and that joy will not be given unless we obey. Some pastors will not obey for various reasons, most in the congregation will not speak up for many different reasons of fear, fear of authority, fear of expulsion, real or imagined, so that only leaves you. This is not the brother or sister who is in open rebellion, (2 Thess. 3:6) these are the wicked, the unrepentant, and they must be confronted. The truth of the matter must be known first, then the so-called ladder of authority must be climbed. Trust me here, if the pastor tells you in a word to mind your own business, you are in the wrong church, but that does not excuse you in the eyes of the Lord, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17) The man of God can do no less, it is Christ we are to serve, no matter the consequences. I am afraid that in some churches if these commandments are followed, there will indeed be few left in attendance, but our Lord does not need many to follow Him, sometimes all He needs is one.

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