SUNDAY May 20, 2018
You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led.
1 Corinthians 12:2
Paul believed that the problems he had to address were largely due to the Corinthian believers having worldly attitudes. He also knew one of the biggest problems was lack of spiritual maturity.
There was so much sin in Corinth. It was the party city of the world––full of idolatry. Men and women from Athens would travel to Corinth. Ships docked at Corinth, and the sailors came among the Corinthians to take part in the city’s activities. Many men would lay with the prostitutes in the city. Christians were being greatly influenced and led away by all the different idolatrous, pagan practices. Demons took possession of these idols. Some “believers” were actually involved in demonic spiritualism!
Think of how people in leadership and in the congregation are influenced by worldly practices. They are carried away by hundreds of television channels and different websites that tempt them. So many Christians fall into sin because of their computers. If a person can sit in a leadership class or within the congregation and not be convicted by the Holy Spirit, then something is definitely wrong. They are not listening to God.
Billy Graham said there are three things that would take a man or a woman down: money, power and sex. Be accountable, otherwise you are going to fall one day. When Christians fail to listen and hide their sin, then God has to expose them. Everyone will know about it. Understand that you are the one who will stain your name because of your sin. When that happens who is hurt? It is your spouse, your children, other family members and friends.
Carnality and immaturity are responsible for many churches that divide. It affects our churches because they cannot grow, and they close down.
Whatever a man seeks, honours, or exalts more than God,
this is the god of idolatry.
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