Episode 233 Show Notes
Should Christians Associate With Non-practicing Christians?
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Should we associate with non-practicing Christians?
Paul is saying you, as the church, should not allow members of the church to continue living in open sin, as if everything was just ok. Now, there comes a point where you have to say, I'm not going to hang out with you like everything is fine if you're dishonoring Jesus by your lifestyle, you need to repent. And so it's in that context that he says don't eat breadsticks and laugh and act like everything is fine when this individual is living with their boyfriend…This passage doesn't say anything about young people outside of the church who don't know Jesus. This is in the context of church discipline; yeah, there are a lot of people who were raised in the church who maybe one time asked Jesus into their heart and haven't gone to church in years, and I would treat that person as non-Christian, not a member of the church. And in that sense, I would say that you could and should reach out to that person and maybe try to have a meal with them…. That doesn't mean they'll come to Jesus, but I think it would speak volumes to have someone go out of their way to extend the love and hospitality of Christ to people who don't identify as religious. — Adriel Sanchez
Questions in this Episode
1. Should we worship and pray to the Holy Spirit?
2. Does God love us less if we struggle to love others?
3. 1 Corinthians 5:11 gives a list of people of whom it says we should not even eat with. Today, we have so many young people that fit this that I would like to reach out to but don't know how to if I can't even eat with them. Can you explain how this passage applies today?
4. What’s the best way to motivate a person to lead a holy life?
5. Matthew 7:22 says, "not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven," were they not saved because they didn't trust in Christ alone?
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