February 10th, 2018
Cut Off and Cast It Away
Matthew 5:30 (KJB) And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
This verse seems to indicate that a person should cut off their right hand if it causes them to sin. The proper application of this verse is not literally speaking of a man performing a horrific “spiritual surgery” on himself due to the presence of sin at work in his life. Or for cutting others because of their sin.
Certainly, God does not expect a man to grab a saw and horrifically cut off his or another’s evil hand.
However, what God does expect is that a man who is willing to continue in practicing evil will be separated, or cast away, from a congregation willing to align themselves in agreement with God as they sojourn in this world.
The example of a hand is used to signify a member of a church (a part of the body) who needs to be cast out, or separated from by members in good standing with God because of an unrepentant sinful heart condition. The church is to contain all elements of a physical body including godly hands, feet, eyes, ears, arms, legs. All parts are equally necessary for proper operation of a God-honoring church.
However, since the church is to be holy and identify with God, any member of the body who professes a personal relationship with Him but repeatedly refuses to move from living an ungodly lifestyle, is rebellious, and sinfully wicked must be removed from enjoying fellowship in the congregation. This thought and expected action against a member choosing to sin is much different than the treatment of an attending sinner who is willing to walk away from his sin and desires God and the salvation of his heart.
A member identifies both with God and a church and willingly desires in his or her heart to live up to biblical expectations of a church member as set forth by God in His Word. To be the willing hands or feet of God both in the church and in this world. If not, he or she must be removed from active fellowship, or “spiritually severed”, from a local godly practicing body of Christ before the whole body is tainted by sin.