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Judging Immorality (11 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 5:1-13
September 15 2004
1. This evening, Paul turns our attention to the subject of
immorality. He begins in the very first verse, revealing the ugly facts--that a man was having an illicit and intimate relationship with his step-mother. Ugly, yes, but what even makes it uglier is that the church was aware of the sin and had swept it under the rug (vs. 2).
a. Let me say, God will not bless a church that hides sin
and refuses to do the right thing. Sin tolerated in the church affects the entire body.
2. What was even worse about this was that the Gentiles,
considered by the Jews to be unsaved heathen...even they would not tolerate such at thing: (Vs. 1b), "It was not so much named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife."
3. Let's take a look at a few important issues involved in this
chapter, as it relates to our message, "Judging Immorality."
Immorality in the Church
Toleration in the Church
Judgment in the Church
I. IMMORALITY IN THE CHURCH
A. It was carnal knowledge: "It is reported...there is fornication among you."
1. Let me say at the outset; every church has its
problems--not one is exempt. The only prefect church is the Church of Christ gloried and in heaven--that's yet to be. Hebrews 12:23, "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect."
2. Little has changed since Paul's letter to the Corinthians. We have trouble with sin, pride, division and disunity; we struggle in our churches with laziness, gossip and jealously. We see selfishness and self-will and self-centeredness...and, of course, much of this is often swept under the carpet. Shame on us!
a. However, there is a sin that seems to do more
damage to a church's reputation than any other--it is the sin of ...
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