1Co 5:1-2 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. (2) And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
I have written before on the subject of selfish, sinful, co-dependency. It is so often evidenced in a parent’s supposed “love” for a wicked son or daughter. It is not love at all, but rather a “symthanotropic” (I coined that word – it means “mutual destruction of one another as opposed to symbiotic – giving life to one another) ugly dynamic.
Symthanotropes set out to “fix and heal” one another, although usually one puts most of the money and resources into it while the other just sucks it up like a relational black hole. In reality, these couplets actually destroy each other. One by bleeding the other dry, and that other by enabling the wicked one in his or her evil when the best thing for them would be letting them go it alone in the pig pen.
But here is my main subject in this article – local churches and pastors and church members are doing the very same thing with the wicked, including and perhaps especially in regard to domestic abusers parading as saints. How?
Well, just as Paul sternly admonished the Corinthians for their arrogance, so churches are guilty of rank arrogance today in claiming that they can “fix” the wicked. They feed off of this kind of thing and anyone who dares interfere with their food supply, well, they can just get out.
Preachers all the time proclaim that only Christ can save a sinner, but that is only the words from the pulpit. In reality and practice they function under a theology that claims man can after all effect the new birth. You know how it goes. “If only you would be merciful, loving, forgiving, and kind to him, we can reach his heart.” Well, I have news for such people – no, I have a question for them:
Do you really think that God Himself has not been merciful, loving, forgiving, and kind to the wicked? Are you saying that YOU can do a more effective job of all this than Christ Himself?
Let me answer the question because the pastors and church members won’t answer it honestly. Here is the honest answer: Yes, we do believe that we can do a better job than the Lord Himself. You just watch us save this fellow’s soul.
Because, you see, the reality is that the majority of professing Christians really believe that Christ was not a very good Christian – like them. They will show Him how.