“Whom I Love, I Chasten” – God

Posted: September 16, 2011 in 1 Corinthians, Christian Life, Compassion, Salvation

  “No church is perfect, but human imperfection must never be an excuse for sin.  Just as parents must discipline their children in love, so local churches must exercise discipline over the members of the assembly.  Church discipline is not a group of ‘pious policemen’ out to watch a criminal.  Rather, it is a group of broken hearted brothers and sisters seeking to restore an erring member of the family.” – W. Wiersbe

  Essential.  Church discipline is essential for the good of the offender, the good of the church, and for the good of the world.  However, it needs to be done God’s way, not man’s way.  Otherwise it won’t accomplish the desired end – restoration to fellowship.  The Psalmist said, “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1).

  Lawlessness.  Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4) and leads to death.  Death is separation, not annihilation.  The moment Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit they were immediately separated from fellowship with God.  They were stripped of their garment of light and had to sew fig leaves to cover their nakedness (Genesis 2:17; 3:7).  They also began to die physically.  “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).  It’s inescapable.  You cannot hide from God (Psalm 10:11; 139).

  Love.  “…whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives…But if you are without chastening…you are illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:6-8).  God will not let His children keep on living lawlessly and defiantly without being disciplined. He does this so Christians will not be condemned later on with the unbelievers (1 Corinthians 11:32).

  Passover.  Before the Jews participated in the Passover feast they were to make sure that there was no leaven (yeast) in their homes.  Yeast was likened to sin and corruption that had to be removed.  Just as yeast spreads rapidly, so sin that isn’t dealt with through confession, spreads into the lives others.

  Lord’s Supper.  Believers who participate in the Lord’s Supper with un-confessed sins in their lives (1 John 1:9; James 5:16) may be disciplined by God with weakness, sickness, or even physical death (1 Corinthians 11:30).  Yes, carnal Christians can even be “demonically oppressed” (Matthew 18:34; 2 Timothy2:26) but only unbelievers can be “demonically possessed” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).

  Testimony.  When we Christians act like the unsaved people of this world, the world mocks us for being hypocrites and scoffs at our God.  God expects His children to live differently and gives us the resources to live godly lives (Philippians 2:13; 4:13, 19).

  Ignorant.  Sadly, many Christians have not been taught from the Scriptures how to live victorious lives.  God gave to the church evangelists and pastor-teachers to equip believers for their work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11, 16).  Are you a defeated Christian who doesn’t know about your enemies: the devil, the sin nature, and the world system?

  Rules.  In sports there are rules to regulate the game.  So there are instructions in God’s Word as to how the Christian is to live and overcome the temptations from each of these three spiritual enemies.  Using the wrong method will result in continual defeat.

  Causes.  Who needs to be disciplined by the whole church?  A believer who will not settle personal differences (Matthew 18:15-17), who has a reputation for being a flagrant sinner (1 Corinthians 5:9-11), who holds to false doctrine (1 Timothy1:18-20, 2 Timothy 2:17-18), who causes divisions (Titus 3:10, 11), and who refuses to work for a living (2 Thessalonians 3:6-12).

  Cancer.  Sin, like cancer, can spread rapidly and bring down an individual and a local church.  Although never pleasurable, spiritual surgery must be performed sometimes to save a believer’s physical life and the testimony of the local church.

  Reminder.  As stated before, “Church discipline is not a group of ‘pious policemen’ out to watch a criminal.  Rather, it is a group of broken hearted brothers and sisters seeking to restore an erring member of the family.”

  Our Church.  No, our church isn’t perfect. But we long to be “… a church where folks in the lurch are encouraged then healed from above, where seldom is heard a discouraging word, and the truth is modeled in love.” – C. Swindoll.  We want others to know that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.  All who place their faith in Him exclusively will be saved.  We cannot be saved by our good works.

  Help!  We don’t have all the answers to the questions in life.  But we’d be happy to share freely with you what we know.  Call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.  We designed it with you in mind.  These articles usually correspond with our Sunday morning talks.  We also have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages.

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