Tolerance?: Do Not Keep Company With Sexual Immorality People

“I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.”

This is what Paul shared in 1 Corinthians 5:9-11.

He was serious about it.

If you go back up into verses 1 through 8, there was a man that committed incest with his mother. Whether it was his actual mother or step mother, we really do not know. But Paul said that this kind of sin was not even a part of the Gentile culture.

Evidently, these Corinthian believers were Jewish.

What was Paul’s point in not keeping company with brothers that openly sin sexually?

Isolation to bring them all to shame.

Now Paul is not advocating that we do not witness to sexually immoral people in the world.

He is advocating that we do not “keep company” with people that call themselves brothers (children of God) that live openly in sexual immorality.

You cannot call yourself a child of God and live in open sin. Either you are a child of God or you are a child of the devil. And it makes no sense going to church or social events to “mix it up” to make it appear that you are in good with God by way of association with other bona fide saints.

You are intentionally using their righteousness for cover as well as for an endorsement for your sinful lifestyle.

The Greek word for “company” is “sunanamignumi” which is a compound word that means, “to mix up together, i.e. (figuratively), associate with.”

So here you are. BBQing. You have saints and sinners. Do you walk out and be rude to the hosts and guests, or do you “mix up together?”

Well, the Bible is clear about it.

Right?

1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV says,

“Be not deceived: evil communication corrupt good manners.”

You know you have people that call themselves children of God and practice sexual immorality coming to socialize with you, and you “mix it up together” with them as if they had not sinned. Or that you choose not to contest or protest their open sin.

Your presence is endorsing their sinful behavior.

We good? Right?

Such was the case with the Corinthian believers. Now, we are not talking about a church service where the preaching of the Word goes forth and everyone is invited to attend. We are talking about these “love feasts” also known as social gatherings where people are invited to sit and talk about things. An innocent time of fellowshipping.

Right?

It’s one thing to invite folks to help people spiritually. Sort of like a fellowship or impromptu Bible sharing and studying, but when you associate with folk that desire to sin in front of the entire group and they do not intend to change, sometimes, not all of the time, the devil will use them to sneer at the God you serve and challenge you to change your walk in the Lord.

We are not talking about avoiding open discussion and dialogue about issues regarding sin. Besides, such dialogue and discussion should end with a clear agreement about the Scriptures stand against sin. When the dialogue and discussion avoids the authority of the Scriptures, it’s time to part ways.

When people are entrenched in their sinful positions and they refuse to relinquish their hold on sin, it makes no sense continuing. As Jesus said, if they do not receive you, shake off the dust from your feet, and go to the next town. It’s the same with dialoguing with unbelievers and carnal believers. When they are entrenched in their sin, as your are led by the Spirit of God, walk away when they they do not agree with the Word of God.

There are those that inquire about the Word of God and want answers.

Sometimes your Biblically sound answers will never be good enough because of their intent to remain in sin. That’s because they do not want to change. They will be thorns and thistles in your side. At first, they appear to be inquisitive about the Word and then they unloose a barrage of demonic laced words that broadside you into bewilderment.

This is the tolerant spirit of the day where people are offended when you do not accept their sin because since they are so connected to the sin that they love to do, that they take it personally when you disrespect their sin.

They call you “intolerant, bigots, and discriminant.”

Many will even challenge you, toe to toe.

And they do not have to say a word. They may be in same sex relations and bring their “partner.” They may be fornicators, and may bring their unmarried girl or boyfriend. They may be bisexual and bring boy and girlfriend.

Well, heaven is an exclusive place and membership has its privilege.

Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” and “…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

Try to go to a major league baseball game without a ticket. You will not get far. Try going to a concert without a ticket. You will not get far.

Yet, people want to get past Jesus to get into heaven (see Matthew 7:21-23).

The authority of the Word of God gives the child of God the right to stand against sin and those that insist on sinning. God is the Author of the Word of God. When His Word is challenged, His authority is challenged. Hence, your authority in Christ is challenged.

So the only way the world wants to do away with the authority of the Scriptures is to either make up laws that silence true believers or infiltrate the true church with false doctrine, or worse, bring sin into the church of Jesus Christ like the Moabites brought sexual immorality to the Israelites in Numbers chapters 19 through 25.

Remember?

The children of Israel were told to destroy them all because the land was polluted with their sins. They failed and Israel suffers to this day.

So it is with the church when we do not get the leaven (sin) out. If we tolerate the slightest hint of sin, our hearts are not perfect towards God. We must be aggressive about sin and remain aggressive about sin, no matter the cost. People will hate and sneer at us. They will create trouble to harass the saints just like Sanballat and his evil company did when the Israelites came from their 70 year captivity to rebuild the wall and temple.

The ones that bring their sin unchallenged will only be successful if we fail to be strict about handling sin. The only way to handle sin is through the blood of Jesus. To be washed, cleansed, and forsake sin, never to commit sexual immorality again.

Perfection is not the goal. Perfect hatred for the thing that God hates is the goal. If you look back like Lot’s wife did when destruction fell on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, you will turn into a pillar of salt.

Friends will be lost. Families will be lost. You might not be liked any more, but the friendship of the world is hostile towards God, those that walk in the flesh are hostile towards God.

I mean, they become mean and nasty anytime you talk about the Word of God. Even folk in the church. They become enemies of God and oppose everything that you say about the Word of God. Just mark them and stay away from them. Let the Holy Sprit work them over. Let the Word dwell in you richly, walk in love and be patient.

Sadly, they personally stand against you because they can’t get to God.

And even if they could, the angels in heaven preventing you from getting to the Lord would be an act of mercy because anything past the angels and there is no guarantee that you will live.

So, be mindful of the fact that when you are invited to certain places (and you know that there will be people that openly live in sin), will you “mix it up,” or will you keep yourself?

LGBT: Teach?

Some of you may have noticed these bumper stickers in purple (purple is symbolic of royalty- as a note, satan always wanted to be royal and king), with white lettering and symbols, “COEXIST” and “TOLERANCE.

There is another sticker.

“TEACH.”

We know that this is part of a homosexual agenda of global reach. Whether they are directly or indirectly involved, we know that it is a demonic strategy to dethrone Christ to religion’s level.

“TEACH” is made up of the following symbols.

1. Christian Cross;

2. Male and Female;

3. Jewish Star;

4. Islamic Star and Crescent;

5. Baha’i 9 Pointed Star;

6. Peace Sign.

Additional religious symbols are:

7. Taoist Yin Yang; Buddhist Wheel; Hindu Om; Native American Indian Kokopelli; Zia Sun; Sikh Khanda; Indian Jainism; Pagan Pentagram; Atheist Atom; Unitarian Chalice

The most interesting thing about these bumper stickers is that at the beginning or at the end of the word, the “T,” representing the cross, is there.

Very few people understand what the cross represents. Some people just think it is only a Christian symbol.

It’s more to it than that.

It represents the place of death. Meaning that something must be crucified. But before I get into the details of the cross, we must understand what the objective of the bumper stickers.

It is clear that with the words “COEXIST, TOLERANCE, and TEACH”, we see that the world is trying to declare all religions as one or ecumenical.

The world is trying to tell Christians that we have to coexist, tolerate, and teach the religions of the world to become one.

Ecumenical simply is about promoting unity among churches and religions.

In short.

Compromise for the good of unity.

Here’s where they have a major problem on their hands.

Here’s God’s point from His own Word through the prophet Isaiah chapter 46:5.

“To whom will you liken Me, and make me equal and compare Me, that we should be alike?”

The Bible stands alone as the Word of God, because God stands alone as the true God.

Jesus said in John 17:3,

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and His Son, Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

Isaiah 46:9 says,

“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me,”

So why would I want any other when God is God all by HImself and there is none like Him? Why do all of the religions want to be like Him when they can’t?

If you put them all together, they all appear to look equal. But what makes God and Jesus stand out as incomparable?

We will get to that in a moment.

The prophet Isaiah said this in chapter 47 and verses 12 and 13.

This is what makes God the true and living God.

“Listen to Me, O Jacob, and Israel, My called: I am He, I am the First, I am also the Last. Indeed Me hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand has stretched out the heavens; when I call them, they stand up together.”

Could any of their gods say that they “laid the foundation of the earth?”

And for good measure, Who do you think the right hand of the Lord God is?

No other than Jesus.

John, the disciple, and eyewitness apostle of the Lamb, said…

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made.”

Paul, said in Colossians 1:15,

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”

Mark, John Mark, cousin of Barnabas, said this in Mark 16:19,

“So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.”

The writer of Hebrews said in chapter 12 and verse 2,

“…looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

So, without further delay, you can see why the “T” by their own hand, is placed first and last on their bumper sticker.

God will not coexist or tolerate any other because God is God alone, there is none like Him and, they cannot teach God anything.

The religions of the world want to reduce the finished work of Jesus.

They will never qualify because the cross represents death.

Paul mentioned this in the book of Galatians 3:13,

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.’) -see Deuteronomy 21:23-

WIll any of the religions volunteer their gods to be cursed like Jesus?

The other gods and proponents of their religions will not send anyone to die for the sins of the whole world. They do not qualify because they do not have sinless blood to offer. And they cannot carry the weight of the sins of the whole world like Jesus did on the day He was crucified.

So, they cannot teach us anything about the Father because they were never there in the beginning. They weren’t there to create the foundations of the world and stretch the heavens.

Can’t we just get along?

Nope! Not when God is “God alone. From before time began, He was on His throne…….”

Therefore, they cannot teach God, true Christians of the church of the Firstborn from the dead anything. Oh. I forgot. God didn’t raise any of their gods from the dead. God only raised Jesus from the dead.

1. Create the foundations of the world.

2. Be at the right hand of God to create the heavens and the earth.

3. Be sent to the earth to die on the cross (“T”) for the sins of man.

4. Be raised from the dead by God, the Father.

5. Be seated at the right hand of God.

Otherwise, you can’t really TEACH humanity anything.

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