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Scripture for the month:

July 2017 
1 Corinthians 6: 1-12 (KJV)

'Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. 7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.9. 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, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Pastor's Note

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

Brothers and sisters, 241 years ago, this country adopted the Declaration of Independence which recognizes God as sovereign and Creator of man.  By using the word endowed, our forefathers recognized that God blesses us with certain rights among which are equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  I believe that along with those rights comes individual duty and responsibility to live in accordance with God's moral and ethical standards.  This country was founded on principles which connect us to God and our founding fathers held those truths to be self-evident which means they are obvious, not needing to be explained.  

Are these truths still self-evident today? Ethical relativism is the theory that no one has the right to tell anybody else what is right and what is wrong; therefore, morality is determined by the norms of culture. So whether an action is right or wrong is dependent upon what society says rather than what we know to be right or wrong.  The apostle Paul encountered ethical relativism in the Corinthian society where believers were settling disagreements in courtrooms rather than according to God’s word. As a result, he penned the letter to the Corinthians which counters the idea that people are to live lives absent of God’s moral standards.    

Brothers and sisters, each of us has the God-given right to live our lives however we choose but with that freedom comes the duty and responsibility to live in accordance with God’s moral standards not the world’s.  Our society tells us the moral standards in the Bible are old-fashioned and no longer applicable in America today. The mistake of the Corinthian church and society was they agreed with Christian morals as 'good' but did not use them as the rule of their lives.  We shouldn’t make the same mistake.  God has given to all men and women rights which we can forfeit by doing wrong.  Among them are the equality of all people, the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, the right to live our lives anyway we choose and the duty and responsibility to live in relationship with God, in fellowship, in mutual respect, with love for one another and in submission to God’s morals and ethics.


Love,

Pastor Paul

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