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Christians and the Courts (12 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 6:1-8
September 22. 2004
1. We going to spend a few minutes this evening
listening to Paul's discussion on "Christians and the Courts." Let me just say at the outset, it is an embarrassment to the Church when believers cannot settle matters among themselves, and they resort to using unsaved people to judge issues that should be judged among themselves.
a. We are not saying that believers should not have
access to the courts--by all means; we should exercise our rights as citizens to prevail on public courts when it is in our best interest to do so. We know that Paul used the courts to his advantage.
b. I am glad for the Pacific Justice Institute and the
Christian Law Association and others who defend our religious liberties in the courts of law. We would be in big trouble if they didn't.
2. What we are talking about are Christians who sue
Christians...God's people who think nothing of taking another brother to court. Paul said in (vs. 1), "How dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to the law before the unjust, and not before the saints?"
3. Today there are many good Christian arbitration
organizations available to assist with the needs of settling disputes among Christians. I took a couple of minutes to do a search and came up with several good sources...one of which had this purpose statement:
The purpose of Christian conciliation is to glorify God by helping people to resolve disputes in a conciliatory rather than an adversarial manner. In addition to facilitating the resolution of substantive issues, Christian conciliation seeks to reconcile those who have been alienated by conflict and to help them learn how to change their attitudes and behavior to avoid similar conflicts in the future.1
4. I want to give you two points to our outline:
I. The Issue at Hand
II. The Principal at Heart
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