February 09, 2020
Sin In The Church
1 Corinthians 6:11 (KJB) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
This short scripture verse has a powerful message. To get a proper understanding, one must read previous verses by starting at verse nine.
Paul is speaking to the Corinthian Church about sins present in the church. These people attending church were far from perfect in their standing with God. The sins listed in these verses by paul at the direction of God included fornication, idolatry, adultery, effeminate, abusers of their bodies, including sexual immorality, stealing, greed, alcoholics, reviling, and extortion.
Perhaps this laundry list of sin seems like heavy hitters to you, and any person practicing such sin would never be among professing Christians in a church. Think again, you would be wrong to reason it so for sin is present among the hearts of people who choose to sit on church pews then, and today. Why, because this side of heaven each of us has potential to resist temptation, however, as long as we are present in our flesh we are susceptible to failing God and serving sin rather than to serve God.
Undoubtedly, lost and wayward people do attend church as do those who are saved but struggling in obedience and fruit production. Churches are made up of imperfect people covered in grace for they know and love a perfect God.
The sincere family of God is continually maturing and growing in faith as they walk, attend church, and represent God to this wicked world.
Paul’s point, as inspired by God, is, do not forget what you once were, apart from personal fellowship with God. Even in your present standing with Christ the daily struggle with your flesh, you may take two steps forward and three steps back. God is patient as maturing souls learn and apply His truths. The spiritual life is one of continual growth as a sincere child of God is made more like Christ, but never finding spiritual perfection this side of heaven.
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