Many people think we as Christians should never say to someone, “You should not come to church.” However, Paul in 1 Corinthians 5 actually teaches us when we should say to people, “you are not welcome.” Please read the passage and then check the post out:
1 Corinthians 5:11-12, “But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sisterbut is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”
Therefore, here is a list of “Six Types of Christians to Avoid.” Note: “Christian” is placed in “” because they claim to be a Christian, but really are not.
1. A “Christian” that is sexually immoral: This is someone who lives in unrepentant open sexual immorality- this could be sex before marriage, pornography, homosexuality, or any kind of perversion.
2. A “Christian” that is greedy: Someone who loves money, loves to have money, to boast about what they have and buy, and to not help the poor or hurting.
3. A “Christian” that is an idolator: Someone who puts false gods before Jesus- their job, their cars, their hobbies, their selfish ambitions, or their false gods.
4. A “Christian” that is a slanderer: They spreads lies, half truths, harmful secrets about others to make themselves look good and never make it right.
5. A “Christian” that is a drunkard: Someone who over indulges in alcohol, gets drunk at parties & alone, and allows alcohol to change their behavior and moods.
6. A “Christian” who is a swindler: Someone who lies, lives a dishonest life, breaks the law, rips people off, and has a hidden agenda behind their business dealings.
What should you do if you are this person:
1. Repent of your sin
2. Stop making excuses
3. Ask for help to change
4. Become accountable to a leader
5. Ask God to transform your life
6. Live in repentance if you should fall again and do not indulge in sin
What should you do if you see someone claim to be a Christian and do these things:
1. Pray for them
2. Confront them and ask them to repent to God
3. If they do not, let them know you can hang out with them
4. Let godly leadership know so they can help
5. Help disciple and teach them to live free their sin
What about the “non-Christians” who live this way:
1. Love them
2. Ask them to repent and accept Jesus
3. Be their friends but not support their behavior (they reason why Paul says you cannot be around the Christian who lives like this, is because your friendship is a sign of support for their sin- but we can be friends with the world who does this because we have to reach out because they do not know anybetter)
4. If they accept Jesus teach them the same principles of holiness, so they will be willing to leave their old life behind