Church is supposed to be our sanctuary and the sanctuary of our children and we need God’s army to protect it.
Violence and sexual immorality should not be a pervasive evil that lies secretly in our churches, yet it does. As if last year’s events of sexual addiction in the church that was exposed last year wasn’t enough, what many don’t know is that where there is a strong addiction, there is frequently an underlying violent tendency to protect it.
In God language, that is called sin. Cain spilled his brother’s blood over it. Esau sold his birthright for it. Joseph’s brothers sold him as a slave to cover up their hateful hearts.
The wolves are invited in to keep families together.
Wolves are allowed to not only walk in, but serve as if they have a place in the Body of Christ with their sexual immorality and their addictions. The cover-up begins when they intimidate their wives into silence and unholy submission. Then, in a desperate play to save themselves and their children, the wives drag everyone to church. Hoping and praying for a miracle.
Yet, what happens is the men use this new arena to create a drama that becomes their new public morality code. But, nothing has really changed. They still abuse their families and live a lie in their addictions. Church has only become their playground and not a holy place where they found repentance.
Eventually, they are found out, but they degrade and destroy our churches before this for good reason.
Why? Because many in church leadership do not seek out God’s justice.
When others see their immorality in the church, they turn a blind eye and wait for God’s justice. Some turn them over to leadership, but frequently, the leadership promotes them, covering up their blindness and their own immorality. Others turn on the one who reports the wolf, as if God and His moral code are not even a part of their own standards.
The problem is that when this happens, no one wins, except the wolf, of course. Paul gave us a verse in his letter to the Corinthians to deal with just such people:
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church[b] whom you are to judge? 13 God judges[c]those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” 1 Corinthians 5:11-13
If we purge the evil person from our Body…
Families will be healed. Perhaps not in the way that you think, or even want them to be. But, Christ will be at center and on the throne. The wolf may still continue to be a wolf, but the rest of the family will be free of an unequal yoke.
This is the only way our churches will be purified.