Mortal and Venial sins

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Ariel82

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If all sins are alike, why did Paul say we should not associate with sexually immoral people who call themselves Christians?

We can associate with Christians who sin (because nobody is absolutely free from sin), but we can't associate with sexually immoral "Christians".

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 reads, "I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat."
I find it interesting that the only sin you focus on is sexual immorality..,it also lists greed, idolatry, slanderers, drunkards and thieves/swindlers.

I take the verse to mean don't do business or put such people in positions of authority within the church.

Jesus ate with sinners and told them the gospel message. I believe He calls us to be a light.

I have found that people who wish to engage in sinful acts tend to avoid the company of people who appeal to their conscience.

How do you show love to others yet still stand for truth and morality?
 

Ariel82

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I have been thinking and praying about this thread.

One thought that stands out is the question:

When you sin, do you run towards or away from God?

I run towards God and away from people because God is much more forgiving and loving than most of humanity.
 
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Ariel82

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If God has forgiven someone, then who am I to condemn them for their sins?
 

oldethennew

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we must 'run' the race that is always before us, this is proof of our FAITH!!!
'here a little, there a little'...Know yourselves'... - own-up!
tear yourselves down, accept the broken bones'...
SUBMIT and take His yoke upon you,,...
 

Marcelo

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I find it interesting that the only sin you focus on is sexual immorality..,it also lists greed, idolatry, slanderers, drunkards and thieves/swindlers.
I focus on sexual immorality because this is the most common sin in our churches.

I take the verse to mean don't do business or put such people in positions of authority within the church.
Paul said "don't even sit at the table with them".

Jesus ate with sinners and told them the gospel message. I believe He calls us to be a light.
Jesus ate with sinners before their conversion. Paul talked about people who engage in sexual sin after conversion.
 

Marcelo

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If God has forgiven someone, then who am I to condemn them for their sins?
Do you think a Christian can commit adultery from time to time and yet be saved?

I've already said I know many church goers who live in adultery and think they will be saved.

I am not condemning anyone -- I just want to warn as many believers as I can that adulterers, murderers, etc., will not enter heaven.