How do we deal with sin in the church?

How do we deal with sin in the church?

The world doesn't see a difference in the church because we are doing the opposite of what the word of God tells us do, as we are more concerned with pleasing man than God. If I'm transparent I don't see a difference in some churches either. If we are not careful we can go out of the way to recruit members to our church, and then turn them into a religious hypocrite (a self-proclaimed Christian living in sin without repentance). Paul tells us in Galatians 5:9 "that a little leaven leavens the whole lump." Meaning if church leaders accept the environment in which we tell one person it's okay to LIVE in sin, it'll start to spread and then we we will have a church with members who are okay with living in sin. The reason why churches (the body of Christ) do not have the love of God in them is because they grieve the Holy Spirit by ignoring his convictions, in order to keep sinning. If the Spirit is not in them, they are not free and thus can only give you what's in them. If they have jealousy, that's what they will give you.

I believe the body of Christ has forgotten the reason why we have church meetings. Please view the Blog Pictorial - What's the point of church? This may sound harsh but we've turned church into a numbers game. Let's get them to church, then get them to the alter, make them a member and repeat. We are not serving the body if we are not focused on their soul! In Matthew 23:15 Jesus told the religious leaders during his days“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are. Before proceeding, please read the post "Love is Unity."

We often think that love is fluffy and that it is always supposed to make us feel good. Love is not a feeling but an action (e.g. we show it despite if it is shown). When we read the gospels, we saw that Jesus showed his love by allowing those who wanted to follow him to follow him if they were willing to leave everything (including their life of sin). We also know that those who were hypercritical were called out by Jesus as referenced in Matthew 23. Why? Because Jesus knew that no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he/she is born again and no one can have eternal life unless they are living in the Kingdom of God. In short, Jesus wanted the religious leaders and us to know that we can have heaven on earth (Matthew 6:10, Matthew 6:33, Romans 14:17, 1 Corinthians 4:20), and that while hell is a reality, that we do not have to go there after our physical body dies.

As a shepherd, my focus is not to have a large church that is dead spiritually but a church that is alive spiritually. I care about your soul! As you continue to read, please note that this post is only in reference to the 6 listed sins in 1 Corinthians 5:9-13. We are not going to approach our brothers and sisters in Christ just because we feel like they are not being nice to us or treating us well. When people are not nice to us, the bible tells us to pray for those who persecute us and love our enemies and our brothers. If you are not a Christian and you want to be a Christian, know that you can come to Jesus as you are. When you are born again, Jesus's Holy Spirit will live in you and teach you right from wrong if you allow him to. I encourage you to take Believers Training if this is not making sense to you. What is written below this point is for those who:
1. Claim to be a believer
2. Is living in any one of the 6 listed sins
3. They refuse to repent (change).

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Back to the post: As leaders and the body of Christ at ANJWC Church, we must always have integrity (do what's right according to the word of God by the direction of the Holy Spirit), and not necessarily what is easy or what we agree with. We have the Holy Spirit in us to convict us of wrongdoing. However, when a brother or sister in Christ is grieving the Holy Spirit we have to hold each other accountable in love according to the word of God (not our own words). Nothing should be done out of condemnation, jealousy, hatred, unforgiveness and anger. In 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 Paul tells the church do not ASSOCIATE (connect or eat with) a brother or sister in Christ, claiming to befollower of Christ and who is:
  1. Sexual Immoral - having sex outside of marriage, watching porno, homosexual, adultery
  2. Greedy - having or showing an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth or power 
  3. Swindler - a person who uses deception to deprive someone of money or possessions 
  4. Idolater - if you worship (praise) anything (e.g car, job, family) over Jesus
  5. Slanderer - the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation. 
  6. Drunkard - a person who is habitually drinks
What is the point of this?
That you would love this wandering sheep that is in sin so much that you will not allow him or her to live in sin and hide in church. That you would take into consideration that perhaps if we had a church built on integrity according to the word of God and we loved one of another in righteousness, that the world would see our good deeds and glorify our father in heaven.

How are we supposed to approach the brother sister in Christ that is in sin?
In Matthew 18, right after Jesus tells his disciples the parable of the wandering sheep, he speaks to them about dealing with sin in the church. This is not a separate conversation.
1. Privately point out your brother and or sister sin
2. If they do not listen, take one or two along with you [ask a leader of ANJWC church to join you]
3. If they refuse to listen tell it to the church (the whole body) in love; not to condemn the one in sin; rather to love on the person
4. If they refuse to listen to the church, ask them to leave the church

What are we saving the wandering sheep from?
We are supposed to love the wandering sheep so much that we snatch them out of the fire. In Matthew 18, right before Jesus tells his disciples the parable of the wandering sheep and how to deal with sin in the church, he speaks to them about the Kingdom of Heaven and the things that cause people to stumble and hell for eternity.. This is not a separate conversation.
This is not an easy conversation to have, especially because we do not see this being done in a lot of churches. So we've become accustomed to allowing people to say they are born again Christians and tell them that it also okay live in sin for the sake of numbers. Who wants a dead church? Caring about numbers as opposed to the souls of your church members is contradictory to the word of God.

What happens if the wandering sheep does not repent?
As a leader at ANJWC or church member we cannot please people and be a servant of Christ. If the self-proclaimed Christian refuses to repent of their sin, and we have to expel them from our church it's because we want them to go into the world, see how horrible it is and have Godly sorrow so that they can repent of their sins.

What happens if they repent?
We are supposed to have mercy and accept them with open arms and not remembering their repented sins nor count those sins against them. In Matthew 18, right after Jesus tells his disciples the parable of the wandering sheep and how to deal with sin in the church,and after he speaks about the Kingdom of Heaven and the things that cause people to stumble and hell for eternity, he speaks about showing mercy. This is not a separate conversation!



Note: All members are required to take Believers Training. We want to make sure that our body is trained and equipped on how to show Godly love, repentance, and forgiveness.



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