Christians and Judging, Orthopraxis or Not? 1 Corinthians 5

My current reading is the book of 1 Corinthians.  Judging is a prevalent term through chapter 7, which is where I am at right now.  I have been told by some philosophers that we as Christians are too judgemental and that attitude pushes people away from Christ and the Church, not towards Him and the Church.  I agree that when the attitude of judgement is exemplified by the Westboro Baptists holding signs like this westboro-279x300 The question I would have of these people is “what are you trying to accomplish”?  I believe that this is like yelling at a person getting eaten by a bear, that “bears like to eat people”.  This doesn’t help the person in any way.  So, when 1 Corinthians 2:15 says that “The spiritual man makes judgements about all things”?  To say we are not to judge period is wrong.  We make judgements all the time, a person is walking toward you with a gun drawn, we all would judge the situation.  When Jesus admonishes us numerous times not to judge, he is talking about eternal judgment of people’s souls. 1 Corinthians 5:12 says “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?  Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside, “Expel the wicked man from among you.”  So, it is God’s place to judge the eternal destiny of each person, but Paul in Corinthians is telling us that we are to judge the actions of those “inside” the Church.  In chapter 5 he is talking about a man you was engaging in an incestual relationship with his mother.  Paul tells the church to expel the person because, verse 6 “Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough”? When we as the Church allow any type of sin to be openly practiced, it will spread and change the church.  This can be any type of sin from excessive drinking, gossiping, slander, homosexuality – oops did I say homosexuality, I guess I did.  I won’t leave it there and just pick on them, what about premarital sex? What about divorce because you didn’t like the person any more and now you are remarried?  Our pastor actually mentioned that the divorce scenario I just mentioned is a sin during his sermon.  I bet not many churches would allow that to be said too often. The stats on how often and at what rate people get divorced are confusing and misleading.  Without getting into a statistical debate, the point I want to make is that there are too many Christians getting divorced and remarried, with the Church’s blessing than Scriptural reasons would permit.  Many of our evangelical churches have meeting, social gatherings, and Bible studies geared toward divorced people.  I believe that the Church is afraid to offend people by clearly stating that divorce for the wrong reasons is sin and should not be advocated or allowed in the Church, which has led to divorce being okay within the Church.  The same thing is happening with homosexuality in many Churches. So, we as Christians are supposed to judge the actions and behavior of those who call themselves Christians and it is God’s providence to judge those outside the Church.  Not to judge those inside the Church is a disservice to Christians because if we know that a person is living in sin and it might lead them down a path of destruction and possibly becoming an apostate, shouldn’t we do all we can to warn them?  Shouldn’t we do all we can to stop them from encouraging others to do the same? cliffMike

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