Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Does not apply

James MacDonald,[i] leader of Harvest Bible Chapel, in need of bringing a lawsuit, has revisited the text of 1 Corinthians 6 to find that it does not apply to his case. How often the Bible does not apply when we wish it to not mess up or mess with what we want to do!
Throughout church history, cultural happenings have forced a more carefully nuanced consideration of biblical application.
Many of us remember the near unanimous evangelical stance on divorce prior to the 1970s, when most churches held strictly to “no divorce, no remarriage.” Then with the rise in divorce rates and a few high visibility Christian leaders getting divorced, all were pushed back into the Scripture for a view that considered all biblical teaching on the subject.
In the meantime, by assuming the right to influence our church while refusing to listen to the authority of our church leaders, they forfeit the protection given to brothers in 1 Corinthians 6. According to Matthew 18:17 their refusing to “hear the church” requires that they be related to as non-believers, as “gentiles and tax collectors.”
We should constantly study the Word of God as God guides us into it and reveals it unto it. We should be doubly cautious when culture or conditions change and we suddenly find the Bible does not apply – whether it be divorce & remarriage, same sex marriage, lawsuits, or a dozen other things that are not convenient in the current circumstances.

[i] This is the same James MacDonald who a few years ago told us Congregational Government is from Satan, but has since joined the Southern Baptist Convention, whose Baptist Faith and Message tells us “Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes.” It appears MacDonald may have quietly removed this diatribe from his blog. Perhaps his desire to join the Convention created a reason it also does not apply.

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