Protecting Purity in the Church Back to all sermons
Date: October 1, 2017
Speaker: Pastor Marc Wragg
Series: The Forgiveness Paradigm
Scripture: Luke 17:1–17:4
If you’ve been a Christian for very long, you know that unresolved sin and conflict can threaten the purity of the local church. Since the First Century, people have divided churches over personal transgressions, theological disputes, and even the most trivial of preferences. Jesus said that such stumbling blocks were inevitable, but He also solemnly warned His hearers not to be the one through whom they come. How can we protect the unity of the body and guard ourselves against being the cause of dissension in the Church? We must begin by confronting sin. We should regularly take personal inventory of our own hearts and motives, and confess and forsake any hypocrisy or evil intent that could lead a brother to stumble. We should also be willing to admonish sin when we see it in others. Sinners are indeed welcome in the Church, but unrighteousness and depravity should have no place among us. Finally, we should be as faithful to forgive sin as we are to rebuke it. Where sin is opposed and debts quickly released, peace and purity reign.