We are told in God's Word how to deal with open offenders and sinning Christians. Our text gives us the scriptural way to handle open sin in the church. If the church would follow the scriptural application, there would be a priming of the present day membership. I am not judging anyone but there is such a looseness in the church today with so much of the world and sin in it that you can hardly tell where the church ends and the world begins.

    When a man persists in sin, he should be put outside the camp, to go back into the world and find out that sin is abhorred not only by men and women of God, but even the world would probable turn its back upon him. I do not know of any thing more heartbreaking than for one to name the name of Christ and to be living in open sin or for the people in his town to point to him and say, "there is the reason I will not attend church. " There is open sin among the members of most of our churches. Put such an offender outside the camp. But if he repents and confesses his sin, restore him to fellowship but do not give him a place of prominence until he proves himself.

    In the sixth chapter of Galatians, verse one, we find these words. "Brethern, (speaking to the members of the body of Christ) if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself lest thou also be tempted. " But if that member refuses to repent and forsake his sins, turn him over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    What does it mean to deliver such an one unto Satan? First of all, let me say that is God's order where there is common knowledge of outstanding sin, for the members of the body of Christ, the official leaders of the church, to go to that person who is living in outstanding sin and pray with him. If that person refuses to repent and be restored to fellowship, then the local body should take action and that person should be delivered unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit might be saved.

    "There is a sin unto death" (1 John 5:16), simply meaning that if the church goes to a sinning member and he refuses to repent, then he is in danger of the sin unto death.

    Be careful that your own life is above the reproach of the world! I wish somehow that the body of Christ could be cleansed in these days, that it would stand like a rock for Bible holiness and righteousness. Then the unrighteous would be compelled to say, "There is a place where God meets His own, " and there would be fear and trembling on the part of the world.

Maze Jackson