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A Theology of Christian Obedience

A Theology of Christian Obedience

Sola fida, sola gratia—faith alone, grace alone. This salvific concept codified by Martin Luther became the rallying cry of the Reformation Movement. In response to the ...

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God Really Does Want You to Be Happy

God Really Does Want You to Be Happy

I remember reading an article once on the now scandalous pop artist Miley Cyrus. After being pressed by a reporter on a recent breakup she responded, “God wants my life to be ...

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Joy in Christ: Our Spiritual Thermometer

Joy in Christ: Our Spiritual Thermometer

If someone asked you, “On a scale of 1-10, how strong of a Christian are you?” how would you respond? More importantly, what would you use as a gauge to evaluate your spiritual ...

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Why God has Every Right to be Jealous of Our Affections

Why God has Every Right to be Jealous of Our Affections

You shall tear down their altars and break their pillars and cut down their Asherim (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous ...

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Justin Taylor & the Eternal Return of Investing in People

Justin Taylor & the Eternal Return of Investing in People

“It isn’t good that man is alone…” (Gen. 2:18). This abrupt statement of displeasure in the Creation narrative is somewhat jarring in contrast to the constant refrain that “It was ...

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3 Ways to Undermine the Authority of Elders

3 Ways to Undermine the Authority of Elders

Have you ever disagreed with a decision your elders made? I’m sure you have at some point. If you have been in the church for any amount of time then you have disagreed with a ...

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Love Never Ends

Love Never Ends

Materialism has created such a small minded world. It’s a world where happiness breaks, shatters, and crumbles with the passing of each technological fad. It’s a world that is so ...

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Love Rejoices in Truth

Love Rejoices in Truth

The headlines read, “Love Wins!” as the proponents of homosexuality paraded in the streets in joyful applause. The heart of the homosexual debate has often focused on the ...

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Love Isn’t Irritable

Love Isn’t Irritable

It seems that we often convince ourselves that irritation is the greatest form of affection. We believe that we have a right to be irritated at those we care for the most because ...

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Love Isn’t Selfish

Love Isn’t Selfish

Paul painted with a broad brush when he said, “For they all seek their own interests” (Phil. 2:21); and yet we discover the truth of that statement time and time again. It ...

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Love Isn’t Rude

Love Isn’t Rude

Eric Hoffer once said, ““Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength”; rudeness is also a weak heart’s attempt at imitating love. Without a doubt many of us have been the ...

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Love Isn’t Arrogant

Love Isn’t Arrogant

I believe it is human nature to be repulsed by an arrogant spirit. Generally speaking, we don’t enjoy being around someone who is prideful and boastful. Whether it is on the ...

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    Jacob Rutledge October 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Haha! I shall say no names to protect the innocent!

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    Jacob Rutledge November 20, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    That’s a great question and a situation that comes up in increasingly more families. There is no hard and fast rule for every situation. Each Christian must examine the situation and discern what is occurring based on the principles of God’s word and their conscience.

    Paul does say that we are not to “judge” those who are on the outside (1 Cor. 5:10, 12). In that context “judging” means a refusal to associate and dine with. What he is saying is that, if someone is a believer and they are in sin, then we should not eat a meal with them to show them the seriousness of their sin (v. 11). Since they have the knowledge, and are still sinning, any association with them in that context would be condoning their sin. Also, Paul says that if the situation has been created where dining with them does show outright condoning of their sin of an unbeliever we should avoid that as well (1 Cor. 10:28). Yet, we also see that Jesus ate with sinners and yet was sinless.

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    Jacob Rutledge November 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I apologize, I clicked enter before I finished. What I was going to finish saying was, if your sister is a Christian who is intentionally falling back into sin and living in rebellion to Jesus, then yes I would say according to 1 Corinthians 5 I would forego eating with her (but still being kind and loving). Yet, if she is an unbeliever, then I think it is a perfect time to be able to show your kids how you can treat sinners with love and respect. If we shield them from opportunities like this, how will they know how to operate like Jesus when they face the real world? I believe we set them up for failure when we don’t show them how to interact with sinners and unbelievers as Jesus would. I don’t know if that helps any, but I hope so!

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    Jacob Rutledge October 30, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    What a great blessing for him to experience that! The same feeling that we all should experience as brothers in Christ.