Sin in the Camp

  In the Bible, we read the story of the Israelites crossing the Jordan river under the command of Joshua.  They face the walled city of Jericho and easily defeat it.  Shortly they face the next barrier to their progress.  A relatively smaller city that should be no problem to defeat.  But to their shock and dismay, they lose the battle soundly.  When Joshua asks God, "Why?"  The answer is an all inclusive, " Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff."
  God had judged the whole nation of Israel because of the sin of one individual's action.
  This account has given opportunity for many decisions within churches to bring blame of church problems upon one person.  Sometimes it is the Preacher himself or some other individual who has been less or done less than the expected.  By taking this attitude, churches make a mistake in focusing upon an individual rather than looking at themselves as a body or as a collection of individuals.  I believe the entire nation of Israel had gotten off track after Jericho and needed an adjustment.  It is true that Achan had sinned and had to pay the price for his sin. But, it is not truth to think God would punish a whole nation for one man's sin. It is not truth to think God would punish a church for the sin of one individual unless that church was puffed up and not willing to deal with sin as they ought. A good comparison is found in first Corinthians chapter 5. One needs to remember that God would judge several generations of a sinful father in the beginning, but God changed that in the book of Ezekiel chapter 18 and showed why.
  If a church or a family or a nation allows a sin or sins to be openly practiced without any repercussion, then God surely will bring judgment upon that collection of people as he did upon the children of Israel at Ai.  If a church or a family or a nation allows open sin to be practiced, than undoubtedly that collection of people are guilty of an attitude problem which will cost them the blessings of God even though they might not be guilty of practicing the open sin.
  God cannot and will not bless sin.  God cannot and will not be part of or associated with a church or nation that ignores His Word and will. A church that glorifies God in testimony and praise will certainly enjoy the blessing and presence of God.
  In today's society there is a decay in the structures of integrity. We are being exposed to where almost anything goes and there is no subject that is taboo in the public arena. Crude and vulgar topics are openly discussed in public conversations. Christians must learn to shun such conversation. Private body functions and parts ought not be openly discussed or referred to in normal conversation.  With the decay of conversational terms comes also the degeneration of modest clothing. Modesty seems to no longer be a quest even in Christian circles. The world controls the standard of clothing.  Maybe people should search their  basements, closets or garages and drag out the old sewing machine to make their own clothes.
  Following the corruption of dialog and the slouchy attire, there is a worsening in the marital standards. Never has there been a time when traditional and Biblical marriage was threatened as it is today. The physical relationship of a husband and wife has been literally shoved aside and bullied by every un-imaginable form of perversion.  God and His perfect will has been ignored.
  It behooves any Christian or any Church to repent of their sin of tainted attitude and reset standards of real Christian behavior.
What part can you play in bringing your world back to God?


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