September 25, 2020
Ephesians 5:11 (KJV) And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
It often seems in this world that proper spiritual scolding is absent from many pulpits as well as individuals and congregations collectively choosing to practicing separation from sin. This verse tells us unequivocally that distance from sin must be maintained.
A pastor must lead his church in the way of God, and this includes directing hearts to not enjoin in fellowship with sin. This direction should lead members to adopt this preference to avoid sin.
Not only is a pastor to direct his church to separate from sin, but this scripture, along with other verses, spells out here that he is to reprove sin. Sadly, many pastors have chosen not to scold their congregation about serving sin. This fact has led both pastors and laypeople to disregard and to neglect the presence of sin. It has caused many to consider the existence of favorite, or “pet sins,” to be right and accepted, both collectively and individually.
Sadly, this apparent blanket approval of sin has allowed the world to creep into the modern church and appear to blur the truth concerning sin. This stand causes confusion and evil to live and work among those who do not know or for those who do not desire to acknowledge or reprove according to what God has placed in His Word about proper dealing with sin.