Fellowship – BT9
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Limits to our fellowship with others
But just as with unconditional-love, there are divinely-specified limits as to how far you can go with koinonia fellowship, especially with unbelieving, divisive false teachers in the Church (a), especially that we should carefully, watchfully, be wary of the legalistic leaven of the Pharisees (b), even to “have nothing to do with this, do not be partners with this, flee this, destroy every argument and lofty opinion raised by them, taking every one of their thoughts captive to obey Christ, rebuke them sharply, silence them, and even charge them to stop” (f). Paul doesn’t mince words! Therefore closely watch Christian teachers (c), even who you may ordain for ministry because you don’t want to co-participate in their sins (d), even closely watching yourself so you don’t lose your reward by receiving/welcoming people who “don’t abide in the teaching of/about Christ,” not even greeting them so as to co-participate in their wicked works (e). There are definitely limits to your love and fellowship! <Notes> a) Romans 16:17, b) Matthew 16:6, 11-12; Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1; 1 Corinthians 5:6; Galatians 5:9, c) 1 Timothy 4:16, d) 1 Timothy 5:22, e) 2 John 1:8-11, f) Titus 1:11, 13; 1 Timothy 4:7, 6:10; 2 Timothy 2:14, 23; Titus 3:10; Ephesians 5:7; 2 Corinthians 10:5.
There’s certainly a divinely-specified limit how far our unconditional-love and koinonia fellowship with unbelievers can go! Paul warns Christians to not be changed-sharers-with (a) the sons of disobedience for which God’s wrath is coming, not co-participating in their unfruitful deeds of darkness. . . [I strongly urge you to] ongoingly not in possibility sugkoinonia fellowship with the unfruitful deeds/works of darkness but rather reprove (b) them” (c). One of those “unfruitful deeds” was common temple sacrifices to idols. These sacrifices are actually to demons and so Paul wills/desires/purposes (h) that they in fact not ongoingly have koinonia fellowship with demons” (i). Paul also strongly urges with the imperative: “Ongoingly do not in possibility routinely unequally-yoke/harness/connect-together with (d) unbelievers, for what changed-sharing (e) has righteousness with lawlessness, or what konoinia fellowship has light with darkness” (f)? The Lord’s voice warns Christians “to come out from Babylon in order that you definitively/wholly not in possibility sugkoinonia fellowship with her sins, lest you receive her punishing-calamities/plagues” (g). Many have seen “Babylon the Harlot” the corrupt Roman Catholic Church at the end. Many have seen the Vatican ties to corruption throughout the world. The Vatican’s net worth is at least 15 billion. <Notes> a) sun + metochos, b) elegcho: correct/convince with solid, compelling evidence, c) Ephesians 5:5-11, d) heteros + zugos = with different + harness that connects inexperienced animals with experienced animals for training purposes, or a disciple/student with a rabbi/teacher. If mismatched animals, then the harness won’t work very well and/or the animals won’t learn from each other. Either way, their training will be either take much longer or never happen to get the job done, e) metoche from metochos: changed due to sharing or being an active-partaker with, f) 2 Corinthians 6:14, g) Revelation 18:1-4, h) thelo, i) 1 Corinthians 10:19-20; Revelation 9:20.
But there’s even a limit to Christian fellowship! 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 says “not in possibility to ongoingly identify with (a) sexually-immoral people – not at all meaning the sexually-immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to leave this world, but now I am writing to you not in possibility to ongoingly identify with (a) anyone who bears the name of ‘brethren’ if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler – not even in possibility to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the Church who you are to judge? God judges those outside! ‘Purge the evil person from among you!’” Once again the teaching that “we should never judge anybody” is just a false “wind of doctrine” to mislead people! 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14 “commands (b) in the name/authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw/keep-away from any brethren who is routinely walking/living as a transient (c) and/coupled not down-from/according-to the tradition that you received from us . . . if anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and/thus do not in possibility ongoingly identify with (a) him in order that he may be ashamed – see Donations. <Notes> a) sunanamignumi: with + up + mix, so mix closely/intimately-together with upward toward a purpose, thus to be identified with, b) paraggello: orders or charges, as a commander his troops, c) ataktos: not + arranged/ordered, so out-of-line, disorderly, unruly, in context: that refuses to work for their own food/needs.
As Christian musicians, why are we judging non-Christian musicians more harshly than Christian musicians living in just about every sin imaginable? Isn’t judgment supposed to start in the house of God? I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been in worship-ministries for pastors that were actually teachers of the Law that were pointing the finger at every other church completely oblivious that Paul would have kicked them out of the Church! And when I said something they said, “Maybe you need to find another place to worship?” Then couldn’t admit that they violated the clear teaching of the NT. Some were teaching philosophy from an unbelieving world! I had to write a resignation letter to all the elders of the United Methodist Church I worked for a year because they were severely violating scripture in at least 4 ways! I could no longer violate my conscience playing for a church involved in so much sin. I could not share in their sin! Yes, there were good, godly people there, but the organization was tolerating despicable sin! But Christians do need to judge themselves for “borrowing” so much for the world to help them become “successful,” but these are just stones building The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit. I’ve played in several big churches that were run more like a secular corporation, and I’ve worked for enough of those to know this well, than as a godly ministry. I’ve seen what goes on behind the “Wizard of Oz” curtain! If more Christians did, they would run from these churches! I eventually did! We have to come out from Babylon! I know more unbelievers who are honest about than their problems, weaknesses, and sin than most Christians I’ve worked with! Revival always begins out in the streets and some of the last ones to get it are the pastors!