Congregations today face this same situation … and we can receive guidance from the solution Paul outlined in this letter.
Faced with an either-or impasse, gracious Presbyterians refuse to alienate or be stampeded by either side. Both Israel and Judah were charged with committing spiritual adultery.
Christ, of course, fulfills the Law utterly and replaces it with himself. According to the Reformation confessions in our Book of Confessions, you can tell a true Church from a false one by three specific marks or keys to the kingdom. If you find a church that will not rebuke error, but instead allow it to remain among them, you have not found the Lord's church.
In fact, he was proud of his incestuous relationship. Schism is totally and absolutely unjustified. You do not find this in some churches claiming to be Jesus' church! Paul said, "If I yet please men, I should not be the servant of Christ.In spiritual matters it is necessary for us to judge for ourselves the purity of the merchandise we buy. Paul makes it clear that the church welcomes sinners of every kind in chapter 6, vs. To worship, serve, or live with and for Christ is an end in itself that has no useful purpose beyond itself. Such rules, they say, are an outdated moralism that no longer applies to Christians, especially for homosexuals in long-term, committed relationships. The point, of course, is not how much purity we have, more or less, but whether we have any purity at all. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. Now, who could seriously conceive of the body of Christ being in any way impure?! May God bless us in our deliberations on the matter before us, and may God bless the Presbyterian Church U. Like Paul, he should determine not to know anything save Jesus Christ and him crucified. If God was displeased with temporal Israel, and put her away for her adultery; does it seem reasonable that Christ would be any less displeased with his bride if she is found guilty of spiritual adultery? To the church at Ephesus Paul said: "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" Eph. Having ministered in Ephesus Acts —10 , Paul remained concerned for the believers there and in the surrounding geographical regions.
It does its work without partaking of the nature of the thing it preserves. With idolatry you had a physical worship of deity, but no necessary allegiance to one particular god.
When they are in Rome, they do as Rome does.The pure gospel is as well, adapted to the needs of man in this modern world as it was to the needs of man in the first century. These two directions were present prior to the Reformation, as Catholicism formed around the concept of an external unity and its opponents centered their arguments in an internal purity. The church welcomes sinners, just as Christ welcomes sinners. Webster defines purity as follows: " Free from all heterogeneous or extraneous matter, especially from anything that impairs or pollutes; free from that which defiles or contaminates; innocent; spotless; chaste, genuine. Christ said, "Ye are the salt of the earth. He desired to be able to present them as a chaste virgin to Christ. I believe the complete resolution in the matter before us is not yet clear, but the center is the only part of the Church looking for a third way instead of a win-lose result. Would the man who had his father's wife have repented without the needed rebuke? Every congregation is filled with nothing BUT sinners. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. This distinction continued through the Reformation, with Luther and Calvin arguing for an acceptance of a single church identifiable through external signs and the Anabaptists arguing for an internal purity of the local congregations. As Jesus Christ is one, so are we truly united in Christ, regardless of any diversity. After all, we believe in One who has torn down sinful divisions among His people —