Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Covetousness

Convicting money quote (pun intended) I read this morning:
Christians today are not at all surprised that Paul urged the Corinthians to excommunicate a church member living with his father's wife (1 Cor. 5:1-5). But we quietly overlook the fact that Paul, in the same paragraph, also urged them not to associate or even eat meals with those who claim to be Christians but are guilty of greed.

Are we not guilty of greed when we demand an ever-higher standard of living while neglecting millions of children who are starving to death each year? Is it not time for the church to begin applying church discipline to those guilty of this sin? Would it not be more biblical to apply church discipline to people whose greedy acquisitiveness has led to "financial success" than to elect then to the board of elders?

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