1 Corinthians 6:1… 

1 Corinthians 6:1… 

Paul is dealing with specific instances of immaturity in the church at Corinth. The issues he specifically mentions are so important because they set a pattern for the future conduct of the  church at Corinth, and also for the Church in general down through the ages.

In this case, Paul wonders why they are seeking legal judgments against each other outside the confines of the church?

In one sense – how could it ever get this far in the first place? How could one brother in the church so harm another brother in the church a civil legal remedy must be sought? Doesn’t this alone tell you that you are in violation of Christian conduct? How could you do such a thing?

And – if you haven’t done such a thing, how could a brother accuse you of having done so?

Shouldn’t the church be free of these kinds of disputes due to the integrity of what it should mean to be led by the Holy Spirit in all things? The Holy Spirit would never lead anyone to take advantage of another person, and the Holy Spirit would never lead anyone to bring a false accusation of someone having done so.

The point being made should be moot, if you are mature believers seeking and following the leading of the Holy Spirit.

But the point isn’t moot, and they aren’t. (Spiritually mature, that is.)

And so, Paul castigates them for seeking judgment outside the church in civil court. This should never happen between two brothers in Christ. While there should never be a dispute requiring a remedy in civil court in the first place – if there is – why have you not sought judgment within the church, instead of in civil court?

It should be an incredible embarrassment to the church itself – but worse to Christ Himself – that you do not trust those within the church to resolve disputes. It is shameful your first thought of remedy leads you to civil court where those outside will be led to wonder aloud why it is these Christians are involved in such disputes with each other? Is their Christ so weak He cannot govern their behavior? This is tragic for the cause of Christ, especially since love is His byword.

Would you not rather accept being “wronged” rather than sully the reputation of Christ? And why is it you think so little of church leadership you are unwilling to present your case to them?

Pastor Bill