The arrest of Senator Craig from Idaho for solicitation, and ultimate plea of "guilty" to disorderly conduct, is highlighting an issue from which the church can no longer turn away. The issue of homosexuality with its penetration into every level of society is frightening. The radical proponents will not stop till they make biblical preaching illegal. Their war against what the Bible teaches is generating an assault that must be met with biblical covenantal confrontation.
In I Corinthians 5 the apostle Paul did not hesitate when he found out there was sexual sin in the church at Corinth. How in the world can the church ever speak to the world about homosexuality as sin when we have denominations, bishops and pastors who are of the persuasion that they can bless same-sex unions or ordain homosexual bishops? The church is losing its voice of righteousness because we refuse to stand up and bring the justice of God against the apostate leaders who routinely spit in God’s face, trash the Scripture and rejoice in calling themselves righteous. Paul rebuked the Corinthians for tolerating sin!
Today’s toleration of what Scripture calls wickedness has to be addressed! Paul identifies sexual sin as Leaven. He says in I Corinthians 5:6-8: "Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
He goes on to say that we are not to associate (inside the church) with people who choose the path of immorality. Verses 12 and 13 outline our responsibility toward sexual sin in the church: "For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore "put away from yourselves that wicked person."
Is the church judging within our own denominations or within our own affiliations? Are we willing to invoke the covenant of "Sure Mercy" for the saving of the church and the cutting off of the wicked? Paul didn’t have any problem. He was quick to turn the individuals involved over to satan for the "destruction of their flesh." In verses 4 and 5 of I Corinthians 5 he says boldly for all to hear and read: "In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."
If Paul were a member of our church today, and leaders decided to ordain a homosexual bishop, he would turn that bishop over to satan "for the destruction of his flesh" and every leader who wanted to approve such a decision! He would release the judicial power of heaven against that which was defiling and destroying the denomination. The church is called to be the army of God. It should be a band of warriors not a band of weasels. The church is losing its voice on the unrighteous issue of sexual sin because it refuses to access covenant justice. Apostate perverse leaders desire the approval of the world – over the approval of God – and are willing to sell their souls and their congregations’ birthright to gain it. The eternal fire of hell was created for such leaders. The church has the responsibility of invoking the covenant of "Sure Mercy," accessing the justice of God and expediting their departure!