What is the condition of your church? (I Corinthians 5; Job 18)

“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated among pagans, for a man has his fathers wife.” I Corinthians 5:1

How would you respond if someone asked you, “What is the condition of your church?”

Your response would be based upon your understanding of the question.  Frankly there are probably only two responses:

  • The first response would center on the physical condition of the church.
  • The second response would center on the spiritual condition of the church.

In many churches, in America, there is an increase in the failing of the physical condition of the church.  A recent survey conducted revealed that an alarming number of churches are in financial trouble while leads to the church letting go of the upkeep of their churches.

But the greater alarming statistic is the increased number of churches, in America, that are spiritually in trouble.  This was the case of the church at Corinth.

Think it through:

Here was a church that clearly knew it had spiritual problems, 5:1-2, but it chose to ignore the problems and to falsely boast of its spiritual health.  Paul writes of the arrogance of such living.  His rebuke is clear and his path to repentance is clear.

“You are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.”

What is going on here?

  1. God wants his church to be pure (sin pollutes the fellowship).
  2. God wants his church to be a picture of his love for humanity.
  3. God wants his church to be progressing toward the moment of his return.

These cannot happen unless the church is strong in spiritual accountability.

Certainly there are those who would say, “If this is true, I cannot even be around lost people.”  Paul’s response is clear.  Accountability is for the church so that we can be better prepared to be a witness to the world.

Our response:

I want to challenge you to pray for a pure church.  I want to challenge you to be a pure church.  When this happens the light of the gospel will reach outside the walls of your church.  People will know of the true condition of your church.

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