Jesus said, “My words are Spirit and they are life,” (John 6:63).
What happens to an assembly when one of its saints turns back to sin?
We think these are light things because we think so lightly of sin. No matter how much we think we see sin in its proper light, we will never see it as God sees it, not in this life.
What fellowship hath light with darkness?
We always think our choices have to do with other men. However, consider David, who lay with another’s man wife, and then conspired to have that man killed on the field of battle.
What did David cry?
“Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight,” (Psalm 51:4).
We are worried about men, when we should be concerned with God.
Recall, David’s “strange child,” the one conceived with Bathsheba: though he lay on his face beseeching God and fasting for 7 days, still his child died.
Whenever we knowingly turn to our own devices, we invite death into our homes and lose our ability to intercede with God.
But what of those who knew of David’s sin? Did they rebuke him; or become partakers with him of his sins before God?
We think of the Old Testament as severe, but we forget that it was written for our admonition, as ensamples of the way that we should practice our faith: though the letter has passed, the spiritual example of the Old Testament prophets still lights our way.
We think that how we respond to people’s choices is about them; but it is always, foremost, about us, God’s charge in us, and answering the Spirit’s call.
That is the danger of a saint bringing sin into the midst of the brethren: the brethren may view the matter as an individual, rather than a corporate matter; and this is false.
Joshua 7 makes this clear.
Joshua said, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve … but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD,” (Joshua 24:15).
Do you remember the true nature of Christ’s example and His manner of service?
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you,” (John 15:13-14).
It isn’t fun to wound a friend: but sometimes, the truth is more important than a man or woman’s feelings (Proverbs 27:6).
Here is how God judges His people: He allows sin to come into the midst of them–so that they must choose between honoring man–or obeying God.
We can never become so preoccupied with the plight of the sinner that we neglect the commands of God.