Beyond Duck Dynasty

I Corinthian 6: 9  has been all over the news today, and I’m glad it’s getting 24-hour coverage.  Here it is (a sermon in one verse) in the King James Bible: 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, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Here’s the same verse in the NIV: Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolators nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God.

To whom is Paul writing?

I have written to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people–not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters.  In that case, you would have to leave this world.  But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler.  With such a man do not even eat.  What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? *“Expel the wicked man from among you” (I Corinthians 5: 9-13 NIV).

Paul is writing to the new believers in Corinth.  Obviously, the letter includes anyone who calls himself or herself a believer.  Sobering, isn’t it?  Maybe part of the problem with the world today is that the church (I’m speaking in generalities) is not setting the best example. Do I hear a collective “ouch?”

I’ll be the first to confess.  I’m a shopaholic, which equates to greed, which equates to idolatry.  As a fisher of men, my slogan should be “Gone Fishing.”  More often than not,  it’s  “Gone Shopping.”

That said, let’s put the axe to our idols and go about the business of winning souls before it’s too late.

Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth (Photo credit: Ronny Siegel)

* When Paul writes “Expel the wicked man from among you,”, he is referring to several passages in the Torah, such as Deuteronomy 13: 5.



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  1. Thought-provoking post! I constantly have to remind myself (when reading the New Testament ) that it was written for Christians. I think you’d agree that this is so important to remember to place our comments and blog posts etc in the proper context.
    Merry Christmas!

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