How are we to handle sin within the Body of Christ?
Usually we go to extreme.
We either ignore the act or we destroy the individual.
Both are wrong.
What should the Body of Christ do in a situation such as the “Ashley Madison” episode?
The Word is clear.
We are not to allow sin.
We are to forgive.
We are to love.
We are to restore.
Where is the Body that is seeking repentance, reconciliation, restoration?
It has been said that the “church” is the only army in the world that executes its wounded.
Some truth there.
Let us look at what the Word says…will take a few days.
Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
We see that “you who are spiritual” are called to restore the one caught in a trespass.
I hear echoes of the time that Jesus had the woman “caught in the very act of adultery” thrown at His feet.
Remember what He did.
Jesus did not condone the sin.
Neither did He condemn the sinner.
1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them.
3 The scribes and the Pharisees *brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court,
4 they *said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?”
6 They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.
7 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.
10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”
11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
Those who are spiritual are to restore the sinner in a spirit of gentleness.
Who are the “spiritual”?
Context will reveal.
…to be continued…