We pondered why the above saying rather suddenly occurs in today’s very moving and oft-quoted 1 Corinthians 15. Parts of this chapter are often read at funerals; it contains a powerful testimony to the certainty of resurrection and that “in Christ shall all be made alive” (verse 22) eternally “at his coming”, adding the qualification “those who belong to Christ” (verse 23).
We must not cease to “belong to Christ” but that is not the same as belonging to a group of believers, one can do that, but in one’s heart have ceased to belong to Christ – even though we have been baptised. Paul says that among the Corinthians,
“some have no knowledge of God, I say this to your shame” (verse 34).
He writes this immediately after making the point,
“Do not be deceived, bad company ruins good morals”.
We are surrounded by people who do not believe in the God of the Bible, but that is not the same as having “no knowledge of God” in the sense Paul meant in this chapter. Look how the Bible uses this phrase. Read Proverbs 2:1-5 and note the “ifs” that lead to one having a “knowledge of God” and then the prayer of Jesus in John 17:3,25. In these and similar passages we see that in having a “knowledge of God” we must, as a result, have a real relationship with him.
It is “bad company” that will undermine our “knowledge of God” and then destroy that relationship or prevent it ever happening. But what is “bad company?” Today it occurs in dangerous and new ways. Television provides us with “company” and much of it qualifies as “bad company”! As we see badness multiplying in the world – often all around us – we recognise that TV is a powerful influence in this. As a result human behaviour is displaying more and more selfish self-love and animal-like instincts. Over and above the effects of much that is on TV, most now have regular access to the Internet – which offers a whole range of opportunities for even worse “bad company”.
Returning to our chapter we notice the last 2 verses,
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved … be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain”.
Thought of the day for March the 2nd by the Christadelphian
- Pulpit reserved for the pastor
- Savouring pictorial entertainement
- Cleanliness and worrying or not about purity
- 07.04.14 What defiles a man
My son who is now 7 was reading the subtitles and out of his mouth came the word “bastard”. This verse immediately came to mind and I began to think about how greatly we can be influenced by the people and things around us.
I can’t lie and say that I don’t swear or gossip. However, I never really looked at it this way before, at least not too seriously.
We all need to make a conscious effort to take note of what we say before we say it.
- Things That Defile a Man
Real defilement is spiritual and moral, not ceremonial. The scribes and Pharisees unduly emphasized external ceremonies and compromised the true spirit of Israel’s religion. Real defilement stems from evil intentions within and is manifest through sinful deeds (5:28). Jesus stresses the need for inner purity of heart, not ritual purity of the body (CCC 2517). See note on Mt 5:8.
- ‘An evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are LGBT into the company of Jesus’
the same people who wold look askance at him for that are the same sort of people who would be upset to learn that his congregation uses drums and guitars in its worship music.
- Wilson also acknowledges that fearfulness, admitting that his timid desire for something other than unqualified inclusion is “based in large part the fear of being branded a ‘heretic’ by evangelical cohorts.”
- That branding is inevitable, so as long as you’re in, and in for good, you might as well go the whole hog. I’m hoping Wilson’s book does. It’d be a shame to see him and his church and the fine folks writing forewords for him all get themselves branded as heretics for nothing more than a tepid “third way.”
- Ignorance loves company: Four examples
The truly stupid resent those who are not and won’t be satisfied until they’ve burned all the books, torn down the libraries, closed the universities, and made it impossible for anyone else not to share their own proud ignorance.
- The acid guile is sucking at your shoes
Lots of theologies have similarly been processed, canned and shipped from here in America to the church in the developing world, where some of them have become popular as well. That popularity elsewhere doesn’t make those theologies any less American, or any less canned and processed.
- In the Company of Men
Some people have been asking why focus on cleaning house among atheists when we might have bigger problem with religion or (if you’re Richard Dawkins) asking why we should ever worry about sexual harassment in the US when female genital mutilation exists abroad. Part of the answer is easy: this is the fight that’s right in front of us, and, because we know people/meet them/have personal clout, there are resources we have here as a member of the group we’re trying to change, and we should make use of them.
- Christian eHarmony Founder: Gay Marriage Damaged Our Company
The conservative Christian co-founder of the dating site eHarmony says that marriage equality damaged his company and endangered his employees. The irony? Fellow conservatives are the ones who nearly got violent over the inclusion of gays and lesbians in the online dating scene.
- Who the Bad Guys Are
It is frightening what something as simple as a chain of slightly absurd but nevertheless unanswered questions can do to a person. Most people manage to fend this stuff off, but with a visible sense of unease. Sorting it out and flushing the baloney takes time and effort, and most of us have better things to do.
Further Related articles
- First Sunday in Lent (emmanuelchatham.typepad.com)
Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son
- some random thoughts on birds, blogs, foodie-initiatives, labradoodles, and faith… (derekmaul.wordpress.com)
the key to “yum” was to follow the recipe instructions exactly, to push the edges of my standard cooking techniques, and to allow new ideas and creativity to challenge my boundaries and enrich our food experience as a family.
- Coptic Victims Call on “Lord Jesus Christ” Before Slaughter (raymondibrahim.com)
According to Coptic Bishop Anba Antonios Aziz Mina: “The video of their execution was like a dreadful mise-en-scene staged to spread terror. Nevertheless, in that diabolic product of bloodthirsty play-acting and horror, some martyrs can clearly be seen to say at the moment of their barbarous execution ‘Lord, Jesus Christ!’. The name of Jesus was their last word. Like the passion of the early martyrs, they entrusted themselves to He, who moments later, would welcome them into his embrace.
- Christian Music: Kalley Heiligenthal – Ever Be (worldeventsandthebible.com)
Tired of the negative message in secular music? Why not try listening to positive, encouraging Christian music? Music frees the soul, so bring Christ into that fold.
- Empire Of Lies (zerohedge.com)
We are living in an era where a single statement of truth will drive a pin into the global bubble of phantom assets and debts, and the lies spewed to justify those bubbles.
Political and financial leaders took notice of the incredible fragility of the inflating financial bubble and vowed to never publicly state anything remotely close to the truth lest the entire contraption of debt, waste, fraud and bogus accounting collapse.
- Light to My Path (theencouragementexpress.com)
Ask for grace, and the Lord Jesus Christ will fill you with the grace and courage you need to walk and stay on this path.
- A prayer for peace (birdflu666.wordpress.com)
The destroyers of this world want war, want to devour the vulnerable, the young, want to ruin countries, cultures. The destroyers of this world try to lie to us, try to sell war for peace, dicatorship for freedom.
- Citizens Of Another World (birdchirp.wordpress.com)
We are dead, and our lives are hid with Christ in God. We belong to the Church of which Jesus is the head and foundation.
- A Prayer for Ash Wednesday and The Lenten Journey (taken from the Book of Order of The Church of Scotland) (christisvictorious.typepad.com)
Give us the wisdom to discern behind each subtle temptation the ploy of the prince of darkness; and in the face of all that is hellishly attractive, help us to choose the will and word of God.