WE BELIEVE THAT CHRISTIANS ARE PROHIBITED FROM BRINGING CIVIL LAWSUITS AGAINST OTHER CHRISTIANS OR THE CHURCH TO RESOLVE PERSONAL DISPUTES. WE BELIEVE INDEPENDENCE BAPTIST CHURCH POSSESSES ALL THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO RESOLVE PERSONAL DISPUTES BETWEEN MEMBERS. WE DO BELIEVE, HOWEVER, THAT A CHRISTIAN MAY SEEK COMPENSATION FOR INJURIES FROM ANOTHER CHRISTIAN’S INSURANCE COMPANY AS LONG AS THE CLAIM IS PURSUED WITHOUT MALICE OR SLANDER.
B. I knew a Baptist pastor who took his church to court to get paid for past vacation days he had not taken. The court threw the case out.
C. I knew a church that took a doctrinal dispute to court and the entire community got into the discussion of what “outer darkness” is.
2. The church became known for that court case, and nothing was ever settled.
2. Either the church or the neighbor felt they had to bring suit against the other to get them to stop the sewer overflow.
3. The lawsuit spoiled the testimony of the church in that small community.
b. In chapter 6, the church was allowing others to take care of their business.
c. They refused to judge that which God said was a sin, a rebuke, and a hindrance to worship and witnessing, then they wanted the secular world to judge that which they considered a sin, a rebuke, and a hindrance.
2.) The church would not take care of what God considered a sin, yet they wanted somebody to take care of what they considered a sin!
2.) They have become lazy, and have not paid attention to their own personal responsibilities.
b. Many churches today do not want to stand for anything; therefore they fall into more sin.
2.) Because these churches do not practice church discipline, they fall into all kinds of wickedness and sin, and reproach.
b. The apostles will judge the 12 tribes of Israel, sitting on 12 thrones.
2.) God gave Israel judges during the books of Judges.
2.) Our forefathers knew the difference, but today, that principle is unknown.
2.) We do what God declares we should do, using the Bible as a guide.
3.) We are never to do what we think we ought to do.
2. There will be a change of status in eternity.
3. Hebrews 2:7-9 states, Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
4. Hebrews 2:7 is a quote from Psalms 8:5 (For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.) continuing to Hebrews 2:9 – Jesus was made a little lower than the angels when he was made a human, but (I John 3:2 declares, Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.) we will be like Christ in eternity.
5. Romans 8:15 – We have received the spirit of adoption.
6. Romans 8:23 – We are waiting for the completion of the adoption process, the redemption of our bodies.
7. Galatians 4:5 – We are redeemed from under the law that we might receive the adoption of sons.
8. Ephesians 1:5 – We are predestinated unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself.
9. The Bible assumes that saved people will naturally seek out other saved people and separate themselves from the world (or perhaps that lost people will separate themselves from saved people), they would automatically be scripturally baptized, then become a member of that local church, or they would form a scriptural Baptist church.
b. Many local churches are full of confusion because they are not following Christ, therefore many people do not want to have anything to do with them.
2. The determination is always by the Word of God, never our own personal opinions, or preferences.
2. Today, that does not seem to be the case, as there are saints in every denomination and every church.
3. That is why Christ declares to them in Revelation 18:4 to Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
2. One of the very major problems in this world is that people want the church and the world to be one and the same.
2. The point is that the person that might be considered the least able to judge a matter in the church is much more able than any person in the world to judge the same matter.
2. Unbelievers have been able to look into the very personal matters of church members in order to make a judgment of right or wrong, which is a bad thing.
3. Verse 7 – It would be better to suffer wrong rather than let unbelievers make a judgment of personal matters instead of the church making that judgment.
4. Verse 8 – Church members taking church members to court has caused a great harm to the spiritual growth of brothers.
5. Verse 9-11 – The unrighteous are not even in the kingdom, much less able to make any sort of spiritual evaluation of what God considers right or wrong.
6. Verse 11 – Remember when you were in the world? And all the trouble you were in?
7. Verse 12 – Going to court puts you under the authority of the courts – unbelievers. Paul will not be under the authority of any person except God. A good thing for us to keep in our minds.
8. Verse 13 – There should be a separation of secular and spiritual things.
b. God is going to destroy all temporal things.
c. Only the things done for Christ (spiritual things) will last.
b. Thus the entire church will be affected, not only because young church members will not understand how to conduct themselves when there are disagreements, but because the present situation requires some sort of solution which is prescribed by the court instead of by the local church.
2. Insurance companies will not pay unless they are forced to pay.
3. Because of this fact, it is sometimes necessary for church members to sue other church members.
2. I remember a case in a church where the insurance company forced church members to sue each other.
3. They joked with each other about suing each other, and had no hard feelings toward each other at all.