How to Deal with a Church Scandal - Pt. III (17 of 40) by Ernest Easley

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How to Deal with a Church Scandal - Pt. III (17 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 5

Two words, when used in church, that often make us uncomfortable: Sex and Scandal. What makes us even more uncomfortable is when those two words are used together: Sex Scandal.

We're not that surprised or caught off guard when a sex scandal happens in the work place, but we are when it happens in the church place and for good reason: the church should be a sex scandal free zone, but sometimes it's not. And when it's not, how are we to respond?

This morning we took a 30,000 foot look at these passages in 1 Corinthians 5 in thinking about How to Deal with a Church Scandal. Tonight we are going to fly at a lower altitude and dig a little deeper as well as expand our flight path before moving on to chapter 6 next Sunday morning.

Now to get us all caught up, the church at Corinth had a member who was involved in porneia, sexual immorality, fornication: He was having a sexual relationship with his stepmother and the news of it had moved beyond the church into the community and had reached Paul who was living in Ephesus.

So, how do you deal with a church scandal? Ignore it, hoping it will go away? Sweep it under the carpet like it never happened? Tolerate it so not to appear judgmental?

Well, that's not how Paul was led by God to deal with it. Ignoring it, Sweeping it under the carpet or Tolerating it are not God's way of dealing with a church scandal.

So, how would God have us deal with a church scandal? Well, let me quickly mention the place to begin:

(1) Our ATTITUDE when a Scandal Strikes.
Not prideful. Not boastful. But mournful. Apparently, the membership decided to simply tolerate their members sin so not to appear judgmental. They had a warped perspective of grace.

Remember this about God's grace: God's Grace doesn't lead us to sin; it leads us from sin. Don't disgrace grace by turning it into something God ...

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