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Humility and Discipline - by Michael Phillips
1 Corinthians - Part 5
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1 Corinthians 5:1-13
May 27, 2012 am - Corinthians 5 is one of the easiest chapters in the Bible to understand-and one of the hardest to obey. The topic is Church Discipline, what to do with a brother who is not sorry for his sins and has no intention of giving them up. What do we do with him? I thought of three options: We can (1) do nothing, treating the sinning brother as if he is not sinning; or (2) we can 'work with him' for as long as it takes even if there is no change and it takes forever; or (3) we can put him out of the church, as Paul says here and as our Lord commands in Matthew 18. The first option is the easiest because it is always easier to do nothing than to do something, especially when the something is unpleasant. The second option is harder, but only for the person 'working with the impenitent sinner' while the rest of us leave him be. The third option is the hardest because it calls the whole church to act decisively, and to do things that are sure to be called 'proud, intolerant, unloving, and judgmental'. 1 Corinthians 5 lays down a challenge, first to the church in Corinth, now to the church in Fremont, and to every church until the Second Coming of Christ when Church Discipline will be taken ... More >>>


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