I’ll see you in court, my fellow Christian!

I just read the controversial Christianity Today article entitled “Day of Reckoning” about Calvary Chapel today.  When I read the part about the lawsuit and countersuit over assets for the Calvary Satellite Network, it brought two scriptures to mind:

“And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.  And he [Jesus] said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?  And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”  (Luke 12:13-15)

“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?  If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.  I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?  But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.  Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?  Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.”  (1 Corinthians 6:1-8)

Once again, Christians are making themselves look bad to the unbelievers with their covetous attitudes.  Haven’t these guys read their Bibles recently?  After all, they are running ministries.  Instead of suing each other they should have handled the situation according to what the scripture says regarding church discipline.  But I guess they thought a lawsuit in front of secular authorities would work better than God’s word.  Yes, brothers and sisters, corruption and covetousness are thriving very well in today’s congregations.  Satan must be so happy!

–Harry A. Gaylord–

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  1. Felt exactly the same myself, but wasn’t sure about writing on it as I know with all these things, sadly churches aren’t immune to the whole ethos of politics, power and control, and sadly even the best Pastors and leaders show their fallen nature in this area many times over. However, this particular one being so public and divisive is tougher to read about, as you find many who’re willing to openly gossip about their Christian peers, sometimes without much proof or justification from what I can see. As you say Satan is indeed the author of such divisiveness, and uses it mightily in church circles, precisely because it works SO well! Sadly, I know of no church in my own area that would treat in-house issues fully according to Paul’s principles and have heard of similar difficulties as a result!

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  2. Add Romans 12 in there:

    Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath. For vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord!

    But to answer your question, looking at the multitude of lawsuits between Christians, I don’t think these scriptures apply anymore. They must have been culturally specific and don’t apply today!

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  3. Au contrare, mon frere. These scriptures do indeed apply to Christians today. The multitude of lawsuits between Christians tells us either how carnal Christians have become or reveals to us that maybe people who call themselves Christians really are not Christian. Remember, the scriptures are our ultimate measuring stick of what truth is, not people (in this case Christians).

    Most of Paul’s writings were written as commands from the Lord and in places where he was writing his personal opinions, he specified that it was his opinion (see 1 Corinthians 7:5-6, 12). Even Peter testified to the fact that Paul’s writings were scripture (see 2 Peter 3:14-16). Jesus spoke the following about his apostles–“Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:20, emphases added)

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  4. You are correct. I was being fescicous. I just don’t know how church leaders can stand in the pulpit and yet so blatantly disregard some very clear scriptures. It’s as if they believe they are above obedience to the whole scriptures?

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