John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Gal 4:28-29 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. (29) But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now.
Why is there so much evil in local churches? Bickering and grudge holding. Sexual immorality. Domestic abuse. And on and on the list goes. Now, you might respond to this question with something like, “well that is how the churches were in the New Testament. There is always going to be sin in churches. No church is perfect.” And at least in regard to the earthly, visible local church these things are true.
But I suggest to you that today we are seeing evil in churches more and more commonly. A departure from the truth of Scripture. A false gospel. A false Jesus. False sheep. And very few professing Christians who seem to be at all concerned about it. A pastor can be found out to be a serial adulterer/fornicator or an embezzler of church funds, and after he receives perhaps some initial consequences for his misdeeds ( or “poor choices” as the language seems to go nowadays), very soon people begin to talk about “restoring” him. And very often, there he will be, the pastor of a church once again. Everyone pats themselves on the back and prides themselves in the depths of their grace and forgiveness.
I suppose what I am asking is, why are there so many counterfeit churches today? Counterfeit pastors. Counterfeit Christians. I want to propose to you what I think is at least one of the chief reasons for it all. Here we go:
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1Jn 2:3-4 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. (4) Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
1Jn 2:9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
1Jn 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
1Jn 3:6-9 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. (7) Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. (8) Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (9) No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.
I grew up in Bible and Baptist churches. As a kid, I didn’t really know much of what went on in the churches we attended, but one thing happened with a fair degree of regularity- suddenly one Sunday we went to a different church.
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1Ti 1:18-20 This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, (19) holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, (20) among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
Who were Hymenaeus and Alexander? I suppose that you, like myself, have often read these verses and moved on rather quickly. Here were two fellows, you see, who were enemies of the cross. Unbelievers outside the church who persecuted Paul. Gotta watch out for those pagans, you know.
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