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Chapter 16 — Bad company
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. - 1 Corinthians 5:11
With families so diminished and fractured at this point in history, the influence of neighbors, co-workers, and acquaintances is greatly enhanced over times past. The Christian needs to be aware of just how different the unsaved are and how infectious their patterns of behavior and thinking can be.
But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: - 2 Peter 2:10-14
There is a modern mask of civility that is a cultural legacy of when Western Civilization was more Christian. As more and more people in Western countries repudiate Christ, this mask fades away. What is exposed is a more accurate reflection of the nature of man without Christ.
For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: - 1 Peter 4:3
When there was more simulation of Christian virtue as cultural conduct, it was easier to be taken in by those who were not really Christian. Now that pretense and even accommodation is ending, Christians have a more clear choice to make.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. - Romans 12:2
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. - Galatians 1:10
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. - Proverbs 1:10
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. - Proverbs 29:25
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