DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
The Word of God is pellucidly clear when it comes to righteous living and proper conduct within the body of Christ. God is not a God of compromise, He is not a God that will waver in His thoughts, nor He is not a God that will uphold immorality in the body of Christ. Our God is pure, He is Sovereign, He is all righteous and He is a Holy God. He demands for us to be holy as He is Holy.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 5: 1-12
“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? 3 For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this. 4 So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5 hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. 6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”
Paul rebuked the Corinthian believers about associating with and turning a blind eye to the sin within the body of Christ. He cautioned the church that if sin persists and goes uncorrected the entire church will be affected and infected. He also advise the church to disassociate itself from any member who sins publicly and to expel that member from the church.
As it was back then, so it is with the body of Christ today and God is sounding a warning that enough is enough. God is calling for a purging within the church, God is calling for us to rid the church of the bad apples that will corrupt and contaminate the entire congregation, and God is calling us to dispose of the ‘garbage’ in His church.
Jesus gives guidelines as how to treat believers who sin. Matthew 18: 15-17 state: “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”
Christians have a responsibility to uphold a high moral standard where ever they go and on a daily basis. When a believer misses the mark, he or she must be disciplined in love, regardless of the title he holds in the church. There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
As Christians, we should consider our ways and become wise to the ways of God. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. If we are born of God, we should resist sin and let the word of God richly dwell within us. We are to flee youthful lusts and follow after God’s righteousness and holiness.
We read in the Book of Revelation, Chapter two of the warning given to the church in Ephesus: “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
God is calling His people to repentance. As believers in Christ, let us not follow the beaten path that we once lived. That path leads to death and destruction. Let us live blameless and pure, as children of God without fault in such a perverse generation, so we can have everlasting life with Christ Jesus. God demonstrated His own love toward us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But the Blood of Jesus is still powerful today to wash us and cleanse us from all our sins. So let us change direction, get back in line with Christ, ask for repentance of our sins and live a life that pleases our heavenly Father. A life of truth, a life of obedience and a life of righteousness. For the righteous shall inherit the Kingdom of God. Amen.