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Is it OK for Christians to serve on a jury?

No. At the moment, Christians are to judge those in the church (1 Cor. 5:12; cf. 1 Cor. 6:5) and, in the future, they will ‘judge the world’ (1 Cor. 6:2) and even “judge angels” (1 Cor. 6:3). But, for the time being, Christians are not to judge those outside the church: they are to leave that to […]

How should we treat homosexuals?

God has made it clear instruction that he forbids sexually immoral behaviour, including homosexual activity: 1 Corinthians 5:9-12  I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people–  (10)  not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to […]

When is the “appointed time” in 1 Corinthians 4:5?

Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God. (1 Corinthians 4:5 NIV) The “appointed time” in this verse is the judgment when Jesus will […]

Should I welcome preachers in my house?

Q: God welcomes everyone, regardless of what we eat or when we rest, doesn’t he? We were taught to not open the door to people we do not know well. Why should I welcome people that I don’t know right into my house? Should people wishing to spend some time in my house explaining some […]

Why does Paul judge when he tells us not to judge? (1 Cor 5:3; 4:5)

The relevant passages here are from Paul’s first letter to the believers in Corinth: I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. (1 Corinthians 5:3) Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose […]