Judge for Yourselves
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? - 1 Corinthians 6:1-2
Paul wrote clearly to address another problem in the Corinthian Church. One of the major issues was Christians going to court with lawsuits against other believers. Paul posed his own question to them, as if to say “Should a Christian go to a secular court and place a lawsuit against another Christian?”
Then Paul answered his own question, with other questions that gave them the right perspective. The Church should be the place where believers resolve conflicts with other believers. Only after that, and as a last resort, could they in some situations, appeal to the legal authorizes.
Paul had already addressed the subject of judging. Simply it is an obligation to judge matters in the Church. Paul had already judged the situation with the man who had been sleeping with his step––mother. At the same time, he had also judged the leaders for not doing anything about it. Paul instructed them on church discipline.
It is important that we understand what Paul was teaching. Any issues should be dealt with by the church elders, so everything is agreed upon, as they take care of the business. Then everyone can go away content and serving the Lord. Yet, when people go to court they go for the jugular––even among Christians?
Church discipline is very necessary today. It brings the fear of God into the Church. It is biblical and has to be done in the love and grace of God.
God does not discipline us to subdue us, but to condition us for a life of usefulness and blessedness.
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