There is a SCANDAL in the CHURCH
The kind you see on the news, in the paper, or whispered around quietly.
For some reason we are scared of the scandal.
“It makes us look bad to the world”
For some reason we think that we need to hide it or keep it quiet.
For the LOST
So they won’t know how messed up we are.
“Satan is the Accuser”
“It is God’s glory to conceal a matter” /misinterpreted/much/
“Noah’s sons covered his nakedness”
In a Letter from a Man of God . . .
“9 Be diligent to come to me quickly; 10 for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. 12 And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13 Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come—and the books, especially the parchments.
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. 15 You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words.
16 At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them.” (2 Timothy)
WAIT UP A MINUTE?!
Did Paul just put people on blast?
Wow, he actually spoke of people behind their backs?
You mean, he warned Timothy to be careful of someone?
He warned the church?
Perilous Times and Perilous Men
3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was. (2 Timothy 3)
FOR THEIR FOLLY WILL BE MANIFEST TO ALL . . .
You mean people will know the truth and the church will survive????
What if I disagree with a leader?
Will my skin turn white with leprosy?
Will the ground open up and swallow me?
Their FOLLY will be manifest to all.
Their FOLLY–anoia–madness, expressing itself in rage, lack of understanding–anoia
anoia–root of anoy
Moses was not in folly, or sin.
You are not Miriam or Korah–in sin
You are not in sin, when you deal with sin.
FOLLY will be exposed,
with leprosy or a sink hole.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter”
In the CHURCH
There is a SCANDAL
“But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived”
CALL OUT THE SIN
IN the CHURCH
A little leaven
A little sin
“And you are puffed up, and have not rather MOURNED, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you . . . deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus . . . Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven that you may become a new lump, since you truly unleavened.”
Your glorying is not good.
What does that even mean?
boasting of sin?
Not boasting of sin,
but boasting of their “unconditional” love and tolerance
Do we give grace to cancer?
NO We cut it out
Cancer Spreads, but it is not contagious
Sin Spreads, and it IS contagious
THERE IS SCANDAL IN THE CHURCH AND WE WON’T ADMIT IT
But we will soon be admitted,
because sin is terminal.
The wages of sin
We will kill it all,
Unless we cut it out.
There is scandal in the church and we need to deal with it.
It isn’t going away.
And the whole time the world is watching us shake our fists to judge sin OUTSIDE the church,
and close our eyes to the sin INSIDE the church.
And we are UNDONE
And we have LOST it
What good are we for then, but to be thrown to the ground
no one wants to face that.
Who wants to PRESERVE the church?
HE IS FOR THE true CHURCH. HE LOVES US. WE ARE HIS AND HE WILL PRESERVE THE true CHURCH.
Be still before Him.
He is coming.
The Mighty One, God the Lord,
Has spoken and called the earth
From the rising of the sun to its going down.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God will shine forth.
3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent;
A fire shall devour before Him,
And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.
4 He shall call to the heavens from above,
And to the earth, that He may judge His people:
5 “Gather My saints together to Me,
Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
6 Let the heavens declare His righteousness,
For God Himself is Judge. Selah
Wow. Mind blowing. And this is real. This will happen.
We will all see this, and yet we think there are not witnesses against us.
“Hear, O My people, and I will speak,
O Israel, and I will testify against you;
I am God, your God!
8 I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices
Or your burnt offerings,
Which are continually before Me.
9 I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God thanksgiving,
And pay your vows to the Most High.
15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
Always the SCANDAL
Always a WITNESS
But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to declare My statutes,
Or take My covenant in your mouth,
17 Seeing you hate instruction
And cast My words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you consented with him,
And have been a partaker with adulterers.
19 You give your mouth to evil,
And your tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother;
You slander your own mother’s son.
21 These things you have done, and I kept silent;
You thought that I was altogether like you;
But I will rebuke you,
And set them in order before your eyes.
22 “Now consider this, you who forget God,
Lest I tear you in pieces,
And there be none to deliver:
23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me;
And to him who orders his conduct aright
I will show the salvation of God.
RIGHT NOW I SEE SCANDALS (LEFT AND RIGHT)
A Pastor suing his children, whom he abused–because the kids dare to TALK about it.
Children being touched at church, by trusted leaders. SHH!!!
Liars in the pulpits, selling fake stories of their lives, in the name of evangelism. GRACE!!!! Cover it.
Your Glorying is not Good.
Remove the leaven.
Preserve the church.
Don’t be afraid.
Deal with the scandal,
or be trampled underfoot by the world.
THERE IS A DAY FOR RESTORATION, BUT . . .
IT IS ONLY IN RECOVERY,
AFTER THE OPERATION
It is only in recovery,
after the operation.