Not Repenting After Corrections From Spiritual Leaders

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    I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged. - 2 Corinthians 12:21

    There are many tests for the humility of our walk with Christ. One of them is how we react to correction and namely correction by spiritual leaders in the body of Christ. It is never easy to consider we have been wrong in an area of our life and our decisions have caused hurt towards others. Paul the Apostle was encouraging the Corinthian believers to repent fully of their past behaviours, he was full of grace towards them that they could change. But sadly in the 2nd letter he wrote to them at the end he started to doubt whether they had changed. He wrote, I fear there would be "discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder" (2 Corinthians 12:20) still among you! An arrogant attitude says I am never wrong, it says people need to listen to me. Arrogant, proud, haughty men were in the Corinthian church who were not even listening to leaders in their gatherings and were rejecting the Apostle Paul himself. You could possibly hear one of them saying, "I have no authority over me, I only submit to Christ!" It sounds spiritual but in the end such an attitude is of a decieved individual who is found apart from Christ in his pride.

    The Corinthians were submitting to what Paul called, "super apostles" (2 Corinthians 12:11). These men where ear-tickling preachers that told the people what they wanted to hear. One thing they did not speak about was sexual sins or against disorder and discord in the body. All they probably wanted was the peoples money and esteem. Paul highlights at the end of his letter that "many" have "not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged." No wonder they were not correcting a young man who was in incest (1 Corinthians 5). What shocked me is when I read the word "many"! The Corinthian Church was compromised and were neglecting the cure to their ills which was godly leadership and true spiritual elders guiding them. They were blind leading the blind into lives of sin and selfishness. The end was many who were slandering each other, name-calling, talking behind backs and ultimately division in the body of Christ, something that grieves the heart of God. Paul labored with them and sought to visit them again to spend time with these children of God and tend them like a Shepherd. This comes close to home for us, are we willing to submit to correction by spiritual leaders in the areas of our lives that are amiss. Or do we seek to always justify ourselves and not accept even the godliest of men who counsel against our decisions. Our way of repentance is to humble ourselves under such correction and allow Christ to start to be formed in us again.
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  2. Amen and Christians pull bits and pieces of scriptures to justify their actions.
    See it all the time.
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  3. I think we should be careful not to be too judgemental about the officials in the situation mentioned here.
    It would be challenging to them when a virtual stranger came to point out to them their wrong thinking in areas in which for so long they had thought they had been specialists. Indeed, it is never easy to consider that we have been wrong in any area of our life.

    It would first be the ones with a measure of rational thinking who would wish to hear more from Paul before being persuaded to change their ideas. And is it not the ear-tickling preachers that tell today's people what they want to hear ? We today are tempted to listen to orators rather than someone who stutters and gets his quotations mixed up.
    There are many passages of Scripture that can be seen in more than one way, and we often need others to emphasise that we are missing half the real meaning.
    It is no wonder that Jesus needed to point to his healing miracles to convince his listeners that he had something new to tell them, and he had to make it clear that he was correcting them and not condemning them.

    Paul really felt "I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented", but what made Paul the man he was, was that he was full of grace towards them.

    We, too, must humble ourselves and admit that, try as we may, we are not perfect, and we must understand that we are in a similar situation, needing to accept justified correction with thanks, through Jesus, to The Father.

    Praise be !!
  4. Yes, church discipline is sorely lacking today. Too many churches are worried their budget for their shiny, big building and comfy salaries might be compromised. But it is Gods Word that has been compromised. Its not about judging or jumping to conclusions, but when its been found out and known there are those who are committing sins with others in the church or even outside the church and are unrepentant there should not be any hesitation after prayer to counsel that fellow and administer correction if they remain unrepentant.

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