1Corinthians 6: 1 – 11

March 15, 2022

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

We have, unfortunately, seen this in practice as The Episcopal Church in the USA (ECUSA) sued various congregations across the country when those congregations wanted to withdraw from the apostasy of ECUSA and follow in the Continuing Church the orthodox and catholic faith once delivered. The congregations believed that the grounds and buildings of their churches belonged to them and ECUSA maintained that the grounds and buildings belonged to it. A lot of broken hearted people across the country as secular courts found for ECUSA over the congregations in many instances. Some are still (!) in litigation.

To the best of my (limited) knowledge, I don’t think we take each other to court anymore. But let’s just agree on this – if you have an issue with another person in your congregation, simply speak to your priest and let him help sort it out. He will, at the very least, know both parties concerned and with a discerning eye, be able to determine how the contention should end and help to accomplish it in a manner that will be pleasing to God as well as to folks involved. We should always have forgiveness and charity (love) guide us in all things – including that guy in the back pew you don’t like.

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