There may be only three main sins that Our Savior hates in his church: the love of money, the disregard of his commands, and the persecution of the righteous.
“In his church?,” you ask.
“I thought these sins were in the world, not in his holy saints.”
If they were in the world, the Lord would know just what to do about them; he would preach repentance from all sin and faith in Christ.
Mixed in and among his people, however, it is a little trickier proposition. He is faced with the monumental task of purifying his people while still allowing less than perfect churches to exist.
This requires eternal vigilance on the part of his saints.
Do we see the love of money, the disregard of his commands, and the persecution of the righteous in our individual churches?
If so, we should not be amazed, for such problems have been around since the beginning of time, and Our Father and Our Lord are no mere novices in dealing with such fallen humanity.
Our only concern should be to be found partnering with sin, especially sin among believers. It is not easy, but we can gather with the saints and still maintain our integrity, even if it means standing against the status quo sometimes.
This may be one means that God uses to purify his servants: that we love the church enough to speak up when it gets off course.
If we do, nothing may change in the church; but, if we don’t, we will change and not for the better. We will become religious cowards, condemning sin in the world but allowing it in our midst—what God and the world both call “hypocrisy.”
So, when we need to make a stand, we do so gently, yet firmly. If we are rejected, which we often will be, it will just be practice for the rejection that comes frequently when presenting the gospel to the lost.
Oftentimes, we should “keep our knowledge to ourselves.” However, there will come a time to speak, for “a time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine.” God’s solution: “You preach the word in season and out; correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.”
Let us stay in the word, in prayer, and in the Spirit. For it is written: “The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure, for there is a proper time and procedure for every matter.”
~ Brad Heilhecker