Healing the Wounded Conscience – 1 Corinthians chp 8 vs 7 to 13

Just added; a new message preached from 1 Corinthians chapter 8:

 

1 Corinthians chp 8 vs 6 to 13 – Healing the Wounded Conscience – JS Gillespie -24022015

 

 

Outline notes for this message:

 

Maybe for us today a significant proportion of 1 Corinthians chp 8 may seem distant and far away – food offered to idols and idols temples

Yet the overall pattern of 1 Corinthians chapter 8 is immediately familiar:

  • It begins with a disagreement
  • It ends with a disaster
  • It begins with a conflict
  • It ends with a casualty

Sadly not only has the pattern been repeated over the years but so too the path to this disaster!

This may be an ancient text and yet there is something very personal about it; it is the story that we never give a platform to; not the testimony of how I came to Christ; but the sobering tale of how I wandered away and backslid from fellowship with Him!

Notice the path and pattern laid out here to destruction (8:11); it is a distinctive path to what we have elsewhere in the NT.

There are:

  1. Actions which are ‘self destructive’ – ie certain actions which will bring with them an automatic and built in destruction; ‘if you sow to the flesh of the flesh you shall reap destruction.’ Romans chp 1 – God gave them up to homosexuality, the judgement lay in God abandoning men to a lust which is of itself destructive:
  • Dishonours (Rom 1:24)
  • Disappoints (Rom 1:26)
  • Disaster and Disease (Rom 1:27)

We see that in drugs and alcoholism – self destructive

  1. Actions which bring the judgement of God (1 Co 11:27ff; 1 Co 10:8)
  2. Actions which are triggers to ‘auto destruction’ – the destruction of self by self by the workings of the conscience; compromise becomes inner conflict which becomes catastrophe. From the compromise of a moment we reap the consequences for a lifetime!
  • In the pressures of a moment Moses would strike the rock twice
  • In the passions of a moment David would compromise a clean Spirit and pure heart and surrender the joy of his salvation
  • In the pride of a moment David would number the people (2 Sam 24:15)
  • In the persuasion of a moment – a prophet compromises the Word of God and eats where he ought not to eat (1 Kings 13)
  • In the problems of a moment Peter will deny his Lord

Stronger than all of that?

  • Than the patriarch Moses?
  • Than the King David?
  • Than the Prophet of 1 Kings 13?
  • Than the Apostle Peter?
  • Than the priest Aaron?

The compromise of a moment left:

  • 70,000 people dead
  • 2 princes dead
  • a prophet dead
  • Moses dead on Mount Nebo

Conscience at Corinth would present one final hurdle to happy dysfellowship – that is the dysfunctional fellowship of those not in mutual agreement!

The troubled conscience:

  1. Conscience
  2. Conflict
  3. Cure

The troubled conscience:

  1. Conscience

Conscience discerns

Some had a conscience about meat offered to idols and som didn’t

Irrespective of who is right and who is wrong we straight away have an issue

What is conscience and why the difference

If you take your Theology form Walt Disney and maybe today many do, then you may well be of the view that:

‘conscience is that infallible God given ability to know the difference between right and wrong, to help us choose what is is right and reject what is bad.’

Thus Jiminy Cricket assures Pinnochio; ‘always let your conscience be your guide’

The only definite thing that we can say about this kind of an idea is that it is definitely wrong!

From: Proceedings and Papers of the Georgia Association of Historians:

Illust: India and the Raj, Lord William Bentinck outlawed Suttee in 1829; the practice of burning a living widow on the funeral pyre of her dead husband:

The son of a rich Rajput besought the British ‘resident’ to allow his mother to burn with her dead husbands body, it being a point of conscience with herself and her family, and the British government being famed for its regard for its peoples conscientious convictions; ‘Of course your mother may do as her conscience enjoins her replied the resident, ‘and you as her first born son may light the Suttee fire, Only then you must permit me to follow my conscience and my governments and hang you for murder’

Conscience then is:

  1. Not infallible – the illustration above points to that and we need not go out with the chapter to see this point – division at Corinth over the matter of conscience with food offered to idols in chapter 8 and consider the issue of 1 Corinthians chp 5 which some seem to have had little conscience about!
  2. Conscience is not creatorial and thus at least in its purest sense is not truly God given – Genesis chapter 3 is clear about that; conscience comes after the fall; it was not built in at creation.
  3. Conscience is not purely about knowing what is wrong! Eve in Genesis chp 3, in order to develop conscience it was not enough to be intellectually exposed to sin or evil:
  • In Genesis 3:4 – Satan infers God is lying or is fallible – yet Eve does not develop conscience here
  • In Genesis 3:5 – Satan imputes malice to God – yet eve does not develop conscience here
  • In Genesis 3:6 – Adam sees that Eve has partaken of the fruit and yet this is not sufficient to trigger conscience in Adam.
  • Eve can see no problem with a talking snake! What about the talking snake? That’s pretty suspect if you ask me. Did snakes talk? To form language you need a larynx, vocal cords, need to be able to modify those sounds with a tongue, soft and hard palate and lips, you need control over the air flow, diaphragm, lungs and neurological control, language centre Brocas area and Wernicke area of the brain. Snakes just don’t have all of that; so I would judge that a snake using human language was something not before encountered by Eve, yet it raised no suspicions! This was a corruption of creation in itself!
  • Despite the intellectual exposure to sin, conscience does not develop!
  • Conscience only develops when there is personal participation in evil.

Colin Anderson: Counsel: “conscience is the inner voice that approves or disapproves of what you have done or are thinking of doing it is more a judge than a guide

cf. Roms 2:15

  1. Conscience does not necessarily empower us to choose what is right – it is more a judge than a guide – cf. Genesis 3:8 “Adam and his wife hid.” Conscience didn’t stop them from committing evil but my it certainly made them flee from what was good; the holiness of God! This can become a major disability when it comes to dealing with our sin, our failings; we flee from God rather than to God! “I was afraid” (Gen 3:10). Yet the soul that flees to God will find another kind of righteousness (Psalm 51:14)!
  1. Conflict

A conflict of conscience arising out of a conflict at Corinth over meat offered to idols

Not that the conflict over meat offered to idols was sincere; this was a carnal desire masquerading as an intellectual argument.

The conscience of some picks up a problem with food offered to idols, or perhaps anticipates where the flesh is going:

  • as touching things offered to idols” (8:1)
  • as concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifuce unto idols” (8:4)
  • sit at meat in the idols temple” (8:10)
  • neither be ye idolaters” (10:7)
  • neither let us commit fornication” (10:8)

In compromising their conscience; notice that they found disappointment (1 Co8:8) rather than the promised satisfaction!

Compromise was not all that it was cracked up to be!

The grass wasn’t greener on the other side after all!

Like Adam and Eve in the garden; the temptation was not worth the trouble it caused and the outcome was thoroughly disappointing!

This was an experience shared with:

  • Achan and his riches from Jericho
  • David and Bathsheba
  • Judas and his 30 pieces of silver

Conscience had been brought to conflict by a path of:

  1. Deception (8:10)
  2. Defilement (8:7)
  3. Destruction (8:11)

Conscience can be deceived / tricked by many means:

  • Pride – in the case of David when he numbers the people
  • Passions – in the case of David as he breaks Gods moral code with Bathsheba
  • Persuasion – the man of God in 1 Kings 13
  • Persistance – Samson and Delilah
  • Pressures of a moment – Peter as he denies the Lord

All of this leads to a conscience crying out:

  • Fake
  • Fraud
  • Failure
  • Forget it
  1. Cure – Psalm 51

I want to go beyond 1 Corinthians chp 8 to find the cure for the wounded conscience

Psalm 51:

We begin with the character and attributes of God (Psalm 51:1):

  • God of mercy
  • God of loving kindness
  • God who is able to wash and cleans from sin

In the state of troubles conscience we are apt to recall the greatness and holiness of God and the smallness of ourselves and to be crushed in our spirit by that very thought.

Like the Corinthians we may also equally fail to follow through that same thought, a God who is unable to deal with failure and sin would hardly be a great and glorious God!

Gods greatness not only implies His holiness but also His ability to save and to deal with sin.

Gods mercy, love and cleansing power converge on:

  • One person – Jesus Christ
  • One place – Calvary
  • One act – the offering of Jesus Christ for my sins

Consider in parallel with Psalm 51:1:

  • Gods love – John 3:16; 1 John 4:10 – is in Christ
  • Gods mercy – Titus 3:5-7 – is in Christ
  • Gods power to cleans – Revelation 1:5 – is in Christ

I am not trying to persuade you that sin is not serious, quite the opposite!

I am not suggesting that God isn’t as great as you think He is, quite the opposite.

But simply; as you remember the greatness and holiness of Christ in the depths of your troubled conscience, don’t forget the greatness of Gods mercy, love and saving power in Christ!

How do we access this?

  1. Repentence (Psalm 5:3)
  • of WHAT I am guilty of:

my transgressions” (v3)

my sin is ever before me”

a specific acknowledgement of my sin; not a vague generalisation about it!

  • of WHY I am guilty of it:

Sin is not a purely personal matter

I have not only hurt myself

This is sin against God

  1. Renewal (Psalm 51:7ff)

Hyssop – the means of applying blood

This verse takes us back to the cleansing of the leper in Leviticus chapter 14

Blood – satisfies God

Water – cleanses and satisfies man

Christ is all sufficient

  • His sacrifice satisfies God (Isaiah 53)
  • His sacrifice satisfies man (Psalm 17:15; Jer 31:14)
  1. Restoration (Ps 51:12ff)

Restored to fellowship with God

Seeing His hand in my life

Hearing His voice

Restored to fellowship with God

We often stop at repentance and renewal; happy that we have assurance of the forgiveness of our sins and the prospect of another opportunity

God does not simply desire to undo sin!

God desires to undo sin for a purpose, to restore us to fellowship with Him!

If that fellowship is not restored I will return to my sin!

the joy of the Lord is my strength

the joy of my salvation” (v12)

  1. Rejoicing (Ps 51:12)

From that enjoyment of Christ flows the most natural thing in the world / out of the world – evangelism!

He that believeth in me as the scriptures have said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”

Habakkuk

Download or listen online to mp3 recordings of sermons preached from the book of Habakkuk:

Habakkuk chp 1 – Where Are You God – Alan Gamble – 26082014

Habakkuk chp 3 – Tapestry Turmoil and the Triumph of God – Alan Gamble – 02092014

Better than the Best – 1 Corinthians chapter 5 vs 1 to 7

Just added to our teaching section on 1 Corinthians, a new message preached by J Stewart Gillespie:

 

1 Corinthians chater 5 verses 1 to 7 – Better than the Best

 

Notes from the above message:

1 Corinthians chp 5 vs 1 to 7 : ‘Better than the Best’

We may be left perplexed, shocked, confused and astounded; from chapter 5, that a church like Corinth with all of its privileges:

 

  • Foundation in apostolic preaching and teaching
  • Expository ministry of Apollos from the OT scriptures
  • Stories of great conversions and testimonies; eg Sosthenes (1 Co1:1) and Crispus (Acts 18)
  • Signs of the apostles (2 Co 12:12)

 

That such a church could fall so far and so fast
That ought to leave us more than just a little perplexed and confused and shocked
Why should it happen?

 

1 – Doctrinal Confusion? (cf Romans 6:11)
2 – Moral Compromise (1 Co 6:12ff) – difficult to take a stand where we have at least in part compromised ourselves on something very similar – prostitution
3 – Spiritual corruption (1 Co10:4-9)

All of that was a:

  • Distraction from Christ (1Co10:4)
  • Attack upon Christ (1Co10:9)

 

Their relationship with the Lord was compromised and that weakened these believers spiritually; their strength was sapped.
How do we get back?
What about recovery?

  1. Discipline (1Co5:5)
  2. Devotion (1Co5:7)

Discipline:

  1.  Repentance (v2)
  2. Judgment (v3)
  3. Destruction of the flesh (v5)

Not as some have suggested the physical flesh or body of the believer through disease or disaster; some have drawn parallels perhaps with:

  • Job
  • Paul in 2 Co 13 – his thorn in the flesh
  • Believers who are sick and who sleep (1 Co11:30)

This is not the physical flesh here but rather the fallen human nature:

  • Sin resides not in the physical but in the inner fallen nature (Mark 7:15; 20-23)
  • Notice the contrast between flesh and spirit (v5) as opposed to body and spirit (5:3)
  • The judgment is with a view to their salvation and ultimate restoration (5:5; 2 Co 2:5ff); something that is difficult to imagine as an outcome if they have been destroyed!!

Discipline is only one half of the Recovery programme, back to Christ in 1 Corinthians chapter 5

To Discipline over sin the apostle adds, exhorts, gives reason for Devotion to Christ.
7 aspects to Christs surpassing greatness are presented to us by the apostle; following the pattern of Leviticus chapter 23; the 7 Feasts of Jehovah:

  1. Passover
  2. Feast of Unleavened Bread
  3. Firstfruits
  4. Pentecost
  5. Trumpets
  6. Atonement
  7. Tabernacles

In 1 Corinthians chapter 5 we are going to come to the first 2 of these feasts:

  1. Passover
  2. Unleavened Bread

In fact all 7 will be referred to / paralleled in 1 & 2 Corinthians; all pointing to the all sufficiency of a Christ who is able to satisfy:

  1. Passover (1 Co5:7)
  2. Unleavened Bread (1 Co5:7-8)
  3. Firstfruits (1 Co 15:20)
  4. Pentecost (1 Co 12:13)
  5. Trumpets (1 Co 15:51ff)
  6. Atonement (2 Co 5:21)
  7. Tabernacles (2 Co 5:1ff)

Just as the 7 Feasts of Jehovah give us the backbone of the OT religious system, so too if you were to come to the NT and were to ask, what does God have for me today?
What is the Big Picture?
What is the Big Purpose?
We find that it all lies in Christ.
He is the Big Picture!!

Appreciating Christ as our passover (1 Co5:7)
What does that, mean?
Exodus chp 12:

  1. The Place / Purpose (12:1)
  2. The Pre-eminence (12:2)
  3. The Prophecies (12:3)
  4. The Pictures of Christ (chp12)

 

1 – The Place / Purpose (12:1)
What is the passover about?
I want to modify something that has been taught over the years; that the purpose of the passover was to deliver from bondage in Egypt.
That the passover did deliver from:

 

  • Slavery
  • Suffering
  • Sin

Is eminently true (Exodus 3:7ff); at least it is true of the most of the nation of Israel
Of one man however more could be said.
Illust: Leo Brettell who died aged 93 last week. He had risked being shot and being killed by jumping from a moving train. The train was heading to Auschwitz and in the words of Leo Bretholz; anything was better than Auschwitz.
Leo Brettell decided that the possibility of death was better than the worst of this world; Auschwitz.
The passover delivered not only from the worst of this world – from sin and slavery and suffering but for Moses; the passover delivered from:
The Best of this World
For his story we need to turn to Hebrews chapter 11:
Moses chose Christ above:

  • Sovereignty (11:24)
  • Sin (11:25)
  • Silver (11:26)

Moses found that the Passover lamb not only delivered from the worst of Egypt but that the Passover delivered from the best of Egypt.
Moses knew that Christ was Better than the Best!

2 – The Pre-eminence (12:2)
The nation would start their calender from the passover festival (Ex 12:2)
Interesting to reflect on our own calendar today: date, month and year – the year of the birth of the Passover lamb.

 

Sin Worse than the Worst

Just added, a new message from 1 Corinthians chapter 5, preached by J Stewart Gillespie:

1 Corinthians chp 5 – Sin Worse than the Worst

Notes from this message:

1. The Report (v1)
2. The Response (v2)
3. The Recovery (v2-v8)

The Report

    V1 – “It is commonly reported”

    We notice the low spiritual and moral state of affairs at Corinth, which was surely disappointing for the apostle Paul, having been used to plant the church at Corinth.
    This seems a basic issue, basic moral issue to ere over.
    How can this transpire in a church?
    Corinth was such a:

    Popular church
    Progressive Church
    Prosperous church

    A church with a real buzz and plenty of gifts and social liberalism (chp 8)
    Yet this church fails at the most basic level!
    How did this come to be?

    They marginalised Christ.

    Certain core truths regarding Christ were forgotten:

    Unity of His body (chp1)
    Power of His Cross (chp1)
    Simplcity of His Gospel (chp2)
    Dependence on Christ for feeding and growth (chp3)
    Lordship of Christ over all service (chp4)
    The Moral implications of the sacrifice of Christ (chp5)

    Their devotion to Christ could not be rightly judged by:

    1 – The exercise of gifts
    2 – The size of their gathering

    But rather in:

    Unity with one another (chp1)
    Preaching of the Gospel (chp1+2)
    Feeding on Christ (chp3)
    Obedience and service of Christ (chp4)
    Practical holiness (chp5)

    and yet paradoxically it is perhaps a source of encouragement for us:
    Christians do fall and fail
    These deep and difficult situations are not beyond recovery
    Failure is not of necessity final!
    Paul writes with a view to dealing with these situations and with the expectation of recovery and restoration (2 Co2:5ff)
    Notice the effect of sin upon the church as a whole.
    This may have been the sin of only one or two but it had ramifications for the whole church.
    It may only have been the sin of 1 or 2 but it was 1 or 2 who were “among you” (5:1) and this had effects upon them all.
    The problem of testimony or reputation
    This was guilt by association and corruption by contamination.
    This has been a frequent problem over the years:

    Achans sin
    Solomons wives
    Moses wives
    Jonah on the boat

    There are those who are willing to sacrifice Christ and His Church on the altar of their own lust.
    Sadly at times Christians have been:

    1 – Complacent
    2 – Complicit
    3 – Compromising

    In this
    Sometimes under the pretext of:

    Love – for the person as a reason to ignore their sin
    Longsuffering – as a virtue that tolerates sin
    Loyalty to the person

    There is you see a hard core of people who are so self obsessed, so fallen into sin and sometimes self pity that they are willing to to sacrifice:

    1 – The Cause of Christ
    2 – The Church of Christ

    On the altar of their own lusts, with little or no concern or care for the consequences of their own actions.

    Beware that in our complacency that we do not fall prey to the carnal believer.
    We hand the testimony into the hands of people who care little or nothing for it, who refuse to see their responsibility to live up to that standard and who are quite willing for the whole work of God to be brought into disrepute and to be slandered, just so they can continue to do what they are doing.

    V1 – ‘fornication’ : 4202 : porneia : from ‘porneuo’ to commit fornication or any sexual sin, from a root word meaning to sell.

    Merchandising morality – the root issue is jettisoning what is right because of what we believe we stand to gain / profit.
    Not that our understanding of what is right and wrong fundamentally changes and not that we are genuinely blinded to the truth but we make merchandise of morality, morality is compromised for money, jettisoning right and wrong when it suits us.
    An appeal can be made to conscience in chapter 5 – this has not been lost.

    V1 – “should have” – note this is a present infinitive active indicating not a one off failure but a persistent and ongoing sin
    V1 – “fathers wife”
    An act of incest under the terms of Lev 18:8
    This kind of sin was not new, regrettably:

    1 – Abraham and Sarah – possibly, although it would appear to have been accepted in the culture of Ur of the Chaldees from which they came and was out in the open and above board.
    2 – Judah and Tamar
    3 – Lot and his 2 daughters
    4 – Ruben and his father’s concubine
    5 – Tamar and David’s son Amnon
    6 – Absalom and his father David’s concubines
    7 – Herod and Herodias
    This sin is not new, and in that sense the REALITY of it and the EXISTENCE of it, or that we find it, is not so shocking

    The Response (v2)
    What is truly showing and unique is the RESPONSE to it and Where we find it!
    Up until 1 Corinthians chapter 5, with the notable exception of Abraham and Sarah, incestuous relationships had always been a source of embarrassment, the object of judgement, of condemnation and reproach.
    Here in 1 Corinthians chapter 5, they are the source of PRIDE (1 Co5:2).
    This is surprising, shocking and unique!
    The Corinthians appear to have had little scruples over what they they would and would not accept, this is perhaps an important observation to bear in mind as we consider later on ministry that Paul would give regarding marriage in chapter 7 And some ministry interestingly which he did not give!
    They were “puffed up” : phubioo : 5448: from ‘phusao’ – to breath, inflate, blow, or puff up, spoke figuratively of pride or self conceit.
    They not only tolerated sin, they were proud that they tolerated the sin!
    It is part of our fallen humanity that in spite of our sin we continue to think well of ourselves, we attempt to hold on at least to our self esteem and dignity; so we become proud in our boasting.
    Corinth was the popular and all Inclusive church.
    What was the cause of this unique response?
    Why we’re they “puffed up” (5:2)?

    1. They were compromised morally – consider the compromise of some with prostitution in 6:12ff.
    2. They were confused Doctrinally – consider the possible / probable influence at Corinth of a teaching like that of Romans 6:1; “shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?”
    3. They were corrupted spiritually – cf. Chapter 8; 10:7-8 – the spiritual impact upon them of compromise with idols and fornication.

    If we compromise with a sin a small way you will find it difficult / unattractive to take a firm / bold / assertive / convincing stand against the practice of sin in a bigger way.
    One small compromise opens the flood gates to a bigger and broader compromise with sin.
    Very hard to take a consistent stand against sin if we have compromised with sin.
    Therein lies the root and the rot of the permissive society.
    Here is Paul and the permissive society.

    The Road to Recovery

    1. Mourning – Repentance (5:2)

    To move from:
    Self satisfaction to sorrow
    Rejoicing to regret
    High self esteem to reproach
    ‘mourned’: 3996: pentheo: to mourn, to lament – used in Matt 5:4
    This is not simply mourning:
    Consequences of sin – not just regret over the effect of this on the testimony (5:1)
    Condition of sin that prevails
    Conviction and commitment to see things really change – to see the problems dealt with

    2. Judgement and discernment (5:3)

    3. Decisive Action (5:5)

    4. Destruction of the Flesh (5:5) – we cannot hold on to selective bits of the flesh

    V5 – ‘ For the destruction of the flesh’
    Most commentators take this to refer to the physical destruction of the believers body, citing for example:
    Job
    Pauls thorn in the flesh
    I was pleased to discover however that at least 3 commentators get it right:

    FW Grosheide
    GD Fee
    John Heading
    Why isn’t this the physical destruction of the person?

    1. It is not our physical form that is the source of our sin, it is our fallen nature that is the source of our sin. Physical mortification is not a means to spiritual growth (1 Co 13:2; Gal 6:12; Col 2:20-23).
    2. The expectation of verse 5 is that of the salvation of the fallen believer and thus not their destruction. From 2 Co2:5ff we see that Paul also is looking for present restoration and repentance from them, something that is difficult for a destroyed believer!

    3. Biblical president – When God gives people over to chastening their is a consistent pattern. The inevitable consequence of the fulfilled desires of the flesh is that of destruction.

    4. Note the distinctions in the section: v3 – body vs Spirit and them in verse 5 – flesh vs spirit, what is the difference?

    5. Grammar – cf. GD Fee – for the relationship between ‘For destruction’ and ‘may be saved’ – that whilst the ‘destruction of the flesh’ is the anticipated result of the mans being put back out into Satans domain, while the express purpose of the action is his redemption.

1 Corinthians Chapters 4 to 6

download or listen online to mp3 recordings of messages preached from 1 Corinthians chapters 4 to 6

 

1 Corinthians chapter 4 vs 1 to 6 – Service Stewardship and Secret Sins

 

1 Corinthians chp 4 vs 8 – Thy Kingdom Come – J Stewart Gillespie – 01072014.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 5 – Sin Worse than the Worst

notes available for this message

 

1 Corinthians chater 5 verses 1 to 7 – Better than the Best

Notes available for this message

 

1 Corinthians chp 5 vs 7 to 8 – Christ our Passover and the War of the Worlds – JS Gillespie

 

1 Corinthians chp 5 – Extreme Salvation – J Stewart Gillespie

 

1 Corinthians chp 5 – Freedom in Christ

 

1 Corinthians chp 6 – Living Life Dangerously

 

1 Corinthians chp 6 vs 9 to 20 – A Holiness too Big for Heaven – JS Gillespie – 23092014.mp3

 

1 Corinthians chp 6 vs 12 to 20 – Are You Sure Youre Happy – JS Gillespie – 30092014

 

1 Corinthians chp 6 vs 16 and 17 – One Body One Flesh One Spirit – JS Gillespie – 07102014

notes are available for this message here

 

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The Sin of Schism

For a sin almost so completely sanitised with the pseudo-spiritual bleach of self righteous sanctification, 1 Corinthians chapter 3 will drag it above the moral high ground and into the darkness of selfish, jealous carnality. Cutting ourselves off from other Christians, we have often been told is not only acceptable behaviour but the holiness of Gods people and the preservation of the true church demands it. If anyone could have found justification for the cutting off of other Christians it was the apostle Paul. The chasm was deep which separated him from the Corinthians; morally, spiritually and ecclesiastically, and yet rather than separating himself from their fellowship, he labours to stress that they are his “brothers” (1 Co 3:10) and that they all belong to Christ (1 Co 3:23). The true cause of schism gives it its lethal character; not in the circumstances which precipitate the division but in the carnal attitudes of the men who caused it.

Taken from:

1 Corinthians Chp 3 vs 1 to 3 – The Sin of Schism

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