FRIDAY, JULY 15
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:1-3
If there were ever a statement in the New Testament concerning the issue of judging, or the lack thereof, in the Body, it comes in 1 Corinthians 6 as a direct rebuke. The rebuke is over the issue of not judging. Verses 2-5 state, “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?” It is obvious that God expects us to make judgments. We do not have any choice. The early church was commanded to find somebody with enough wisdom to make judgments between the brethren. The teaching that we dare not judge enables evil. In the same passage, we find that verses 9 and 10 make some really strong judgments, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” It is obvious that God draws boundaries about behaviors! Do we draw boundaries by our standards or God’s? I guess not judging ends up in utter and complete destruction. Go there if you will and you will pay the price. An ultimate eternity in the lake of fire. That is God’s love. The filthy and the perverse have no place with the righteous.