“I often warned you that many people are living as enemies of the cross of Christ. And now with tears in my eyes, I warn you again that they are headed for hell! They worship their stomachs and brag about the disgusting things they do. All they can think about are the things of this world. But we are citizens of heaven and are eagerly waiting for our Saviour to come from there. … Dear friends, I love you and long to see you. Please keep on being faithful to the Lord” – Philippians 3:18-20, 4:1. N in the A-Z challenge is for ‘No compromise’.
How seriously do we take sin? Have we become comfortable with it? Paul took it very seriously when he said: “A little yeast can spread through the whole batch of dough” – 1 Corinthians 5:6.
There has to be a place for confronting sin – in ourselves and in the lives of others. If you’re anything like me, when you talk to some people about this, they’ll tell you we shouldn’t judge; we should leave that to God. I don’t agree. Jesus said “Do not judge”, but He didn’t say do not confront sin, and I don’t think they’re the same thing.
The teachers of the Law wanted to judge the woman who was having an affair (John 8:3-11). They said she should be stoned to death. That’s what I think judging is: It’s dolling out consequences for someone’s sin. Jesus didn’t want that woman stoned to death, but He did want her to know He took her sin seriously. “Go now, but don’t sin anymore,” He told her.
That woman was someone who hadn’t become one of Jesus’ followers, but what about those people who do know Him and call themselves Christians? This is the uncomfortable bit – well it is for me. I’ll let Paul say it, ‘cos he says it best. “I was talking about your own people who are immoral or greedy or worship idols or curse others or get drunk or cheat. Don’t even eat with them! Why should I judge outsiders? Aren’t we supposed to judge only church members? God judges everyone else. The Scriptures say, ‘Chase away any of your own people who are evil’” – 1 Corinthians 5:11-13. Do we do this?