Accept Everybody?

Romans 16:17-18 “Watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.  For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.”

You can’t keep everyone around.  “A little leaven leavens the whole lump (Galatians 5:9)”. The Bible teaches that we have to use discernment and make sure that we “avoid” or “remove” those relationships in our lives and in our churches, that are hypocrites.  The people who claim to follow Christ, but are actually intentionally following their own paths and leading people away from the Lord by their rebellious and selfish motives are people who God EXPECTS us to stay away from.  God will not be offended when we cast these people out.  In fact, it is a great service to them, as well as the body of Christ, because this is the only opportunity for them to repent.  We are not talking about people who struggle with sin, but are open to change, correction, improvement, and growth.  We are talking about people who won’t change, who are not open to correction, who will not improve, and who are not interested in growth.  These people create divisions because they draw unsuspecting and/or weak Christians away from the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  REMOVE THEM or REMOVE YOURSELVES if those in your leadership will not (1 Corinthians 5:1-2).   If you are not rid of this person then that one bad apple will ruin the whole bunch!

One of my favorite quotes in the military is:  When you ignore a standard, you create a new standard.  The same goes with Christianity.  When we allow sin and destructive issues into the body of Christ, that culture of sin becomes the new standard by which people are allowed to operate.  Pretty soon, the group doesn’t resemble Christ at all, just a bunch of people who go to church and talk about believing in Jesus but do whatever they want.

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