*TOPIC: THE DANGER OF SIN 2*
By: Oluwaseun Isaac Agbenla
In the first part of this teaching, I tried to highlight some dangers of sin. I pointed out that believers don’t lose salvation because they have made a mistake that is, fell for sin but there are consequences for our action. I emphasized that the main and no 1 disadvantage of sin in a believer’s life is that it destroys faith.
Today, I want to talk on the second danger of sin to believers and that is *it creates an open channel for the devil to afflict and torment such fellow*
In 1 Cor. 5:1-5, there is a story of a young man who was having sexual relations with his father’s wife. He was a Christian. Notice in verse 1 that Paul said, such an act is not even tolerated among the Gentiles as tolerated by the Church. You see, every leader in the Church should speak against immorality because it limits believers from enjoying God’s best for their lives.
See how the NIV version put it:
*It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife-1 Corinthians 5:1 NIV*
We all know the act is very bad and barbaric yet we can’t deny the fact that it happens among the early Church. A friend of mine said sometimes ago that this generation is worst but I told him there is nothing people are doing now that we have not seen something similar in the Old and New Testament. Evil has been for generations not only now.
Now, Paul didn’t celebrate the act. He frowned at such a sinful act. Today, if you see a pastor that celebrates sin among his people, he must be under demonic influence. Even at that, we don’t tell people because they have missed it, they are doomed or has lost their salvation. Paul never used such words throughout his epistles written to correct individuals in the early Church.
Sin is like cancer & it spreads fast if not dealt with but it is not the end of the victims. *We must do our best to see that we separate the victim from his sin*. God loves everyone but hates their sins. There is a difference between the two. Even for unbelievers, we must understand that God hates sin but he doesn’t hate sinners. John 3:16 is clear enough, for God so loved the world. He loves the entire world but hates their sins and if they refuse his offer of forgiveness which is Christ, they are doomed forever.
My main focus in this piece is the judgment meted for the man. In 1 Cor. 5 verse 5, the Bible told us what his judgment would be like.
It says :
*you are to hand over this man to Satan for the DESTRUCTION of his BODY, so that his SPIRIT may be SAVED in the day of the Lord Jesus-1 CORINTHIANS 5:5 AMP*
Can you see the punishment Paul said he deserves?
The punishment is that he will suffer in the flesh. That’s affliction and oppression. Devil CAN’T possess a Christian but he can oppress them in the body through sickness if they allow him through their disobedience to God’s instruction.
Note: There is a difference between being overtaking by temptations once (falling into sin unwillingly) and willfully dwelling in sin. If you found yourself dwelling in sin as pleasure, you don’t have eternal life in you.
Sin is no longer the nature of a Christian. We are to yield our members as instruments unto righteousness.
Sicknesses, diseases, and other afflictions of the body could be a result of sin committed and not repented and forsaken? It wasn’t God that will destroy the young man’s body for immorality but for the devil. God is not destroying his children again. It doesn’t even make common sense to say so. It’s not God that is responsible but the devil. Paul said to the church in Corinth to hand him over to the “devil” for the destruction of his flesh. When you willfully dwell in sin, you open door for the devil because you are in his territory (sinful nature).
Then, we need to understand the main purpose & what Paul meant by *hand him over to the devil*
You see, when Paul told the church to hand him over to the devil, the purpose is to inflict pain on him until he repented of his sin. It will require members to withdraw all fellowship, prayers, and spiritual influence he has been enjoying before. It doesn’t mean you should send him out of the church but don’t keep company with him as he later said it emphatically in 1 Cor. 5:11. We need to learn here that there is power is cooperative prayers we pray for each other in the Church.
How would this help the situation?
When this is done, he will be prone to the devil’s attack not for death but to bring him into repentance. Even with the state of fall, the devil doesn’t have the liberty to kill a Christian except it is time God permits.
Note that this destruction doesn’t physically kill the man but it’s capable of making him realized he has gotten it wrong which he later did. Paul while written in -2 Cor. 2:6-8 told the Church again to forgive him and accept him back because he has repented. We must, therefore, learn that it is not physical punishment that changes the soul but godly repentance.
I want you to know that God intentionally uses the punishment to get the young man’s attention. Holy Spirit prompted Paul to put the punishment in order to save the young men from total rebellion. God is faithful to his children and he will ensure that the devil did not plug anyone out his hands.
Jesus in John 10:29 says:
*My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand*.
In Hebrews 6:10, God word says *For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that, ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.*
Then, you would want to ask, does it mean it is impossible to fall away? It is very possible but not as mostly taught.
Now, what if he fails to repent, what would happen to him after death? Would he make heaven?
We shall examine that in Part 3 of this teaching.
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