There is no doubt in my mind that this subject is one that most pastors and church leaders rather avoid than deal with. I agree and fully understand that sin in the church is not a pleasant matter and why we humanly tend to avoid confronting it.
I want to give a few reasons why we should not avoid this difficult topic.
1. When the Early Church dealt with Ananias and Sapphira lying to the Holy Spirit, “great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things” (Acts 5:11). The benefit of reverence for the Lord was confirmed and established in the whole church.
2. The Church is purified so she can be more effective in her work in this world. Christ is always “sanctifying her [the Church], having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, so that He might present the Church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:26-27).
3. Paul makes this point to the Corinthians and says, “do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump. Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump” (1 Corinthians 5:6-7). The purpose of dealing with sin is for restoring newness in the body.
4. Confronting persons who sin, is always in view of bringing them to repentance. When Paul confronted Corinth, he did so, “not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting…godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret” (2 Corinthians 7:9-10). Jesus said, “there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).
Being unified on sin brings great blessing to the individual and the whole church.
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