By: Robert Serreyn
Question? Should we break fellowship with disobedient believers?
The Bible DECLARES in:
(2 Thessalonians 3:14) And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
The Apostle Paul had to deal with a situation that was in the Church of Corinth concerning a man who was having sexual relations with his Step Mother and the Apostle Paul told the Pastors of the Church to FORBID the man from coming to church UNTIL he got right with the Lord.
(1 Corinthians 5:1 -13) It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. (2) And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. (3) For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, (4) In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, (5) To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (6) Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (7) Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: (8) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (9) I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: (10) Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. (11) But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. (12) For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? (13) But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
The Apostle Paul KNEW this was NECESSARY, otherwise if left uncorrected, this GREVIOUS SIN would have POLUTTED the whole Church. – V6
(6) Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
The same is true for you and me, We BECOME who we ASSOCIATE with.
To BECOME effective, and grow in the Lord as Individuals or a church / ministry as a whole we MUST do What V7 Says:
(7) Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.
Hard as it maybe, sometimes we have to take a stand against our fellow believer in Christ if they have BECOME disobedient to the point that it causes more harm to the Cause and Body of Christ then good.
Sometimes we are POINT OUT ERROR in another believer and as the old saying goes: “LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY”.
It is OUR DUTY to convict them with the Word of God and HOLD THEM to a HIGHER STANDARD.
(Matthew 18:15 -17) Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. (16) But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. (17) And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH