9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
This is a passage that can lead to a belief that if you sin after becoming a Christian you lose your salvation. It isn’t however, but it is clear that issues such as practicing homosexuals wishing to be pastors should not be accepted.
1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?
2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?
3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!
4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church?
5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers,
6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?
7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?
8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud-even your own brothers!
The Roman Catholic Church is well known for its incompetent handling of petifile cases. They stand as a warning to the way we should take these verses. I don’t see much success in brothers seeking out someone to settle disputes in the church. General people will just suffer the wrong as in vs 7 and then move to another church. These verses do allow for judgement however and could be used by “Pirate Christian Radio” to validate their critical approach to bad sermons.
14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
15 For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me.
17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
18 Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you.
19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power.
20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.
21 What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?
1 Corinthians 4
Paul sees himself as a father to the church in Corinthians because he was the one who first told them the gospel. He is obviously concerned about some false teaching that has entered the church and intends to send Timothy to them to sort out the false from the true. The test for this is in their power. The question that naturally comes to us as we read is : What does he mean by power? So I read over Corinthians again looking for a mention of power
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
So the power we are looking for is previously referred to in the same letter.
I find in Church their is a judgement towards those who may enjoy studying theology that is sometimes wrongly applied using these verses. People don’t like being corrected and when we are corrected it might be tempting to say that it’s not about talk but about power.
But the talk Paul is talking about is that used by Greek philosophers that were popular in that time period. A good theologian will be focusing on Christ crucified and using the bible to explain and correct.
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Let’s have a little look at what the Bible says about Heaven and He’ll and something of who goes where.
This little quote from the Bible, a letter to an early church by the apostle Paul, Speaks of two groups of people, ” those who are perishing” and those of ” us who are being saved”. I think we can understand this as meaning those who are going to Hell and those who are going to Heaven, Even though there is no reference to it here. The difference between those who are going to heaven and those who are going to Hell, according to this passage is the reaction to the word of the cross.
So if you wonder “Am I going to Heaven OrHell ?” Then ask yourself what does the word of the Cross mean to you.
Something a friend posted on facebook
A friend posted this simple article on facebook the other day, something immediately liked by passing browsers but not by me.
Do you see why it is evil?