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Why The Church Is Repulsive To Unbelievers

Church Is Repulsive

Hypocrisy. Unmitigated, overt, and unrepentant hypocrisy is the reason the modern church is repulsive to unbelievers. In past decades, the church and church leaders were held in high regard even by those who were not Christians. This is no longer the case. The world is justifiably disgusted with what is happening within Christianity. In fact, a lot of Christians are also holding their nose to avoid the stench of sin and hypocrisy within their own circles. 

Church scandals have been in the news this past week. In my weekly blog posts I do not normally comment about current events. It’s not because there is a shortage of news to apply biblical commentary to. It’s just that much of what passes as news is really nothing more than the media elites peddling propaganda and fear. So, I tend to focus my posts each week only on what I’ve learned from the Scriptures. This week is different. 

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Church, Church Leadership

What Does It Mean To Be “Handed Over To Satan?”

Handed Over To Satan
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On two different occasions when discussing unrepentant Christians, the apostle Paul said that they had been “handed over to Satan.” 

you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. (1 Cor. 5:5 ESV)

19 By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, 20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme. (1 Tim. 1:19–20 ESV)

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in 1 Timothy, Church

The Reason For The Letter Of 1 Timothy

Reason For The Letter

A study of the book of 1 Timothy is best begun in the middle. It isn’t until the middle of the book that Paul specifically tells us the reason for the letter:

14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. (1 Tim. 3:14–15 ESV)

Paul is writing the letter so that the Christians in Ephesus could know how they should conduct themselves as members of God’s family. Even though Paul addressed this letter to Timothy, it would appear it was not meant to be a private letter. The very last words of the letter, “Grace be with you” (1 Tim 6:21), implies a wider audience because “you” is plural. Paul intended for this letter to be read by others in the Ephesian church.

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in 1 Timothy, Church

What is Church?

When we think of church we often form a mental image of an expensive, elaborate building, or we may associate it with some kind of organization or institution. Would you be surprised to learn it is neither of these?

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Church