Put Away The Wicked From Among You – A Sermon

Put Away The Wicked From Among You – A Sermon

If you are a Christian believer, then this is written to you.

However, anyone may feel free to read it.

I’m going to jump right in and tackle a subject that shouldn’t be controversial! But it is. So here we go.

In order for the churches to be clean, we must be obedient to the Lord. To make excuses for sin not only damns us and condemns us, but it also weakens the church. To set the standard that adultery and fornication are just as immoral and wrong as the Bible says they are is to agree with God’s judgment. By telling the truth, people are set free from sin, and they find the way to new life.

It is one thing to say, “Come to Jesus and let Him clean you up”. It is quite another to say “Come to Jesus just as you are, you never have to change”.  One promotes the true grace of God, the other promotes licentiousness, and those who do not know the difference will suffer.

Even as adults, we seem to have times when we cave to “peer pressure.” We want to be liked. We don’t want people to think less of us. So we “temper” the word of God with a bit of “sugar on top.” Sugar is fine, but if we use it to contradict God’s stand on sin, then we have joined the sin just because we have feared what man might say.

As Christian believers, if we know that we have sinned, then we also know there is a remedy, and forgiveness, and pardon if we repent. If we repent.

IF… we… repent.

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

IF…

we…

confess…

our…

sins…

But that is precisely the problem. We want that forgiveness WITHOUT the repentance, and we DON’T want to stop what we are doing! This is the very basis of the world’s accusations against us: HYPOCRITES!

They call us Hypocrites, and rightly so! We don’t do what we preach, and we do what we shouldn’t do. That wouldn’t be so terrible, or unforgivable, if we didn’t also try to JUSTIFY ourselves, instead of CONFESSING OUR FAULTS TO ONE ANOTHER!

There is danger ahead. If we don’t return to the Word and judge ourselves according to God’s righteous commands, then we are in danger of finding ourselves OUTSIDE in the darkness.

I am not talking about mistakes. I am not talking about accidents. I am not talking about the little things we do that we do not even realize are harming others. I AM talking about the things we do KNOWINGLY in direct CONTRADICTION to God’s commands. I am talking about rebellion, and using the Grace of God as a license to SIN.

Just in case anyone really thinks there is any excuse for sin (transgressions) in the church, please take note of the following selection of sins that God will judge – they who commit them will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God. Could it be any clearer?

Heb 13:4

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

(9) Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

(10)  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

(11)  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Galatians 5:16-26

(16)  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

(17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

(18)  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

(19)  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

(20)  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

(21)  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

(22)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

(23)  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

(24)  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

(25)  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

(26)  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Revelation 21:27

(27) And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 22:14-15

(14)  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

(15)  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Revelation 21:7-8

(7)  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

(8)  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Paul showed the church at Corinth that they were being far too tolerant! They had pride because they were allowing a man who was in sin with his father’s wife to remain in their midst. Paul rebuked the church and said, “KICK HIM OUT!”

1 Corinthians 5:1-13

(1) It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

(2) And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

(3)  For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

(4)  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

(5)  To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

(6)  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

(7)  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

(8)  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

(9)  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

(10)  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

(11)  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

(12)  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

(13)  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

Most people would think that Paul was being harsh. We seem to forget that the Lord made him an apostle, and his job was to help the church grow during its most dangerous period in history – its infancy. Remember Ananias and Sapphira? This is the NEW Testament, too!

Acts 5:1-11

(1)  But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

(2)  And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

(3)  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

(4)  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

(5)  And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.

(6)  And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.

(7)  And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.

(8)  And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

(9)  Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

(10)  Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.

(11)  And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

The Holy Spirit put to death Ananias and Sapphira for conspiracy and LYING!!!!

Remember??? How clean the church would be if everyone who trampled on the blood of Yeshua got killed immediately for their blasphemy and rebellion. But God spares them,

and keeps hoping they will turn before it is too late.

Now, Paul wrote the following to the Church at Corinth after they had kicked out the man who was having sex with his father’s wife. The church had done its job. The man had repented. Now Paul was telling the church to take him back and forgive him because he had repented and was in terrible sorrow over what he had done. NOW HE WAS IN A CONDITION TO BE FORGIVEN AND RESTORED!

2 Corinthians 2:1-11

(1)  But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

(2)  For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

(3)  And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.

(4)  For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

(5)  But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

(6)  Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.

(7)  So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

(8)  Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.

(9)  For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

(10)  To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;

(11)  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

When we are soft on sin, we are going to be tempted to fear man, or even to join in with that sin.

When we stand against the sins, which do grievously hurt the heart of God, we show love for God and trust in His word.

When we take a stand, we show others that God is holy, and worthy of praise. We then become that light on a hill, and others see the light and begin to come.

If we make excuses for sin in those who clearly know they are sinning, and have called themselves by God’s name, then we make ourselves participants of their sin. Those who have been called by Christ’s name, yet still do the sins that separate them from God, will be punished.

Please, be wise. The time is short. We are to cleanse our hearts and purify our hands. We are to put off anything that reeks of sin, and put on the new man. If you are a new man in Christ, then old things are passed away, and all things have become new. If you are in Christ, then glorify Him, and do not think that you have the liberty to sin because you have been forgiven. Keep yourself washed in the water of the Word, and pray to the Lord to keep you from temptation.

May the Lord help us all to glorify Him in these difficult times.

Pastora Covert

 

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