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Loving Judgment

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Intro:  Recently, I watched a show on TV that was about attacks by wild animals.  There was a guy who was feeding a bull constrictor a dead rat.  Suddenly the snake turned and bit is other hand, wrapping himself around it.  The guy talked about keeping it as a pet, and how beautiful and easy going it was.  How easy it is for some to be lulled into thinking that a snake could be a pet.

…three snakes today (open-mindedness , tolerance  [buss in the Andes]and privacy [washing a bundle of clothes]).

The sin spoken of here is pornia which includes any sexual sin outside of marriage.

Sexual sin is very unpleasant to deal with because it seems so personal.  I can well imagine a congregation thinking that it is none of their business what that person does in their own house (privacy).  But the problem is that what starts in their house comes out into the church [Never On Sunday & The Mark].

Vs. 3  Paul had already judged this man, meaning that he had already determined that his actions were against God's word and that he would not fellowship with him, but would instead make a decisive stand against this man's lifestyle.

The primary objection that rises in each of us is who are we to judge another (Matt. 7:1-5).  What we fail to see is that in that passage Jesus is not saying we should never judge each other with the Word of God.  He is saying we should only do it when we have allowed the Word to take root in us first.  Jesus was afraid of there being a log (great sin) in the eye of the brother or sister who would try to bring the word to bear on the brother or sister who only had a speck (lesser sin).  So He says to first remove the log then remove the speck, not ignore the speck or the log.

The fact is that this stand of judgment is the best way for Paul and the Corinthian church to love the man and bring him back into the fold.

Vs. 4-5  It is the "hit rock bottom" syndrome.  Everyone who has suffered in some kind of addiction knows this truth.  You don't find the will to change until you get to a place where you can't go any lower.  [Witch in Seminary- Satan always takes you to total destruction]  What happens when we ignore the sin is that we say to the person that what they are doing is not that bad.  Which means that they will continue and before log come to deeper sin.  At that point we either continue to ignore or deal with the attitude that if it was so wrong to begin with why didn't you say anything?  Sexual sin is such that if it is left unchecked will continue to grow. 

We shy away from this kind of judgment because it feels like we are dismissing the person.  But Paul says that the action of our judgment is first to love the person into a restoration.

Could it be that the most loving action we could take with an erring brother or sister is to pass judgment on their behavior and remove them from fellowship so that the consequences of their actions will bring them to rock bottom and their will finally turn to God in repentance and be restored.

Conclusion: The prodigal son story  =  the son who left was let go by the father and then hit rock bottom and returned.  What did the father do?  Embraced him back into the family and celebrated.  Interestingly, the older brother, who stayed shows us the response of the Pharisees and those in the church who would reject the person as well as the sin.  Let us be lovers of the person and haters of the sin so as to bring the person back to God.

Big Idea: The reason the church should remove the immoral member is so that their immorality will run it's course to defeat and lead to repentance reestablishment in the church.

Series: Responding To The Big Three:  Dealing with the Lust of the Flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.

This Sermon: Loving Judgment

Intro: Snake show…three snakes today (open-mindedness , tolerance  [buss in the Andes]and privacy [washing a bundle of clothes]).

The sin spoken of here is pornia which includes

Sexual sin is very unpleasant to deal with because it seems so personal.  I can well imagine a congregation thinking that it is none of their business what that person does in their own house (privacy).  But the problem is that what starts in their house comes out into the church [Never On Sunday & The Mark].

Paul had already judged this man, meaning that he had already determined that his actions were against God's word and that he would not fellowship with him, but would instead make a decisive stand against this man's lifestyle.

The primary objection that rises in each of us is who are we to judge another (Matt. 7:1-5).  What we fail to see is that in that passage Jesus is not saying we should never judge each other with the Word of God.  He is saying we should only do it when we have allowed the Word to take root in us first.  Jesus was afraid of there being a log (great sin) in the eye of the brother or sister who would try to bring the word to bear on the brother or sister who only had a speck (lesser sin).  So He says to first remove the log then remove the speck, not ignore the speck or the log.

The fact is that this stand of judgment is the best way for Paul and the Corinthian church to love the man and bring him back into the fold.

Vs. 4-5  It is the "hit rock bottom" syndrome.  Everyone who has suffered in some kind of addiction knows this truth.  You don't find the will to change until you get to a place where you can't go any lower.  [Witch in Seminary- Satan always takes you to total destruction]  What happens when we ignore the sin is that we say to the person that what they are doing is not that bad.  Which means that they will continue and before log come to deeper sin.  At that point we either continue to ignore or deal with the attitude that if it was so wrong to begin with why didn't you say anything?  Sexual sin is such that if it is left unchecked will continue to grow. 

We shy away from this kind of judgment because it feels like we are dismissing the person.  But Paul says that the action of our judgment is first to love the person into a restoration.

Could it be that the most loving action we could take with an erring brother or sister is to pass judgment on their behavior and remove them from fellowship so that the consequences of their actions will bring them to rock bottom and their will finally turn to God in repentance and be restored.

Conclusion: The prodigal son story  =  the son who left was let go by the father and then hit rock bottom and returned.  What did the father do?  Embraced him back into the family and celebrated.  Interestingly, the older brother, who stayed shows us the response of the Pharisees and those in the church who would reject the person as well as the sin.  Let us be lovers of the person and haters of the sin so as to bring the person back to God.

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