I don’t like fornicators – those who indulge in extra-martial sex. Nope, they have no self-control, giving into lust and desire, partaking in fleshly delights. The same goes with adulterers. They are covenant breakers, taking the holy example and profaning it before the world and for what? Is the pleasure that they receive lasting?
And prostitutes? They are filthy people, selling their bodies for lucre. I bet they don’t even tithe.
I do not much care for those who worship idols, even those that are supposed to be of God. They deny Christ, they deny the one true God, and instead find something created to give praise to, denying the Creator.
thieves? Don’t trust them.
Greedy people? They are selfish, conceited, better than anyone else. Who needs them?
The people who cheat others, who abuse others, or perhaps abuse themselves with addictions? Really? Worthless.
And then there are the gay people, homosexuals or whatever name you want to call them. Sodomites, I guess, if you want to be ‘biblical.’ They do not belong in Church, next to our children, with us on Sunday morning. This people are against nature, against God, and I don’t want to be near them. Put them all on an island and they will eventually die of extinction. They are an abomination. Evil.
Have you ever said things like that? Thought them? Have you ever heard others say those things and let it go by? I am not saying that we must affirm every sin – but what if we closed the doors of the Church house to these types of sinners? What if we had them in our midst? Should be call them out? Should we ignore them? Do we allow them in leadership positions of any kind?
What if WE were one of THESE?
Don’t you know that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves , or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people –none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.
There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NLT)
Everyone of US was guilty of sins – every one of US. God calls us from these sins, and yet, we does not call us from sinners. We have been set apart from the things of this world; The Church is not a human institution, but a holy city, the Body of Christ. While we must be careful not to bring a reproach on the Church bu ignoring sins, we must be careful not to bring a reproach upon the Church by ignoring sinners – afterall, where do you think WE once were?
Remember what Jude said –
Show mercy, but do not be contaminated with their sins.
Mercy is not ignoring – mercy is compassion and not forgetting where we came from.