Things I Think
1. Satan has been getting some bad press in the last week. According to Bob Coy’s peers and supporters the evil one is to blame for everything from Coy’s inability to keep his pants on to the fact that some people feel a responsibility to report on the results of his failure to do so.
Poor ol’ Bob is victim of the the devil and his henchmen, bad women and evil bloggers.
Bob, the victim.
What a crock.
Let’s get some things straight here.
Bob Coy is responsible for this situation.
The devil may have taken him to a high place and showed him the kingdoms of this world, but it was Coy who accepted the deal.
The devil made the offers, Coy took the deals…and God exposed it.
The victims here are his family, the women he chose to share in his sin, and the congregation he failed.
Coy was the willing victimizer.
2. “But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart
to lie to the Holy Spirit to be guilty of moral failure and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?” (Acts 5:3 ESV)
3. The mainstream and online Christian press is as bought and sold as the secular media. They will never write and publish a story that might affect ad sales negatively. God has to use bloggers who can barely pay their bills, but value the truth. I have yet to hear the peers and supporters of Coy ask for prayer for us as we do the work the hirelings refuse to…
4. “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans,
for a man has his father’s wife is guilty of moral failure.”(1 Corinthians 5:1 ESV)
5. Despite current cultural beliefs to the contrary, shame is a good and necessary reaction to sin. We have become a shameless culture and the church is following suit.
6. The biblical illiteracy in this country is astounding.
“Judge not!” the idolaters howl.
Paul said, “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.””(1 Corinthians 5:11–13 ESV). Jesus said, ““Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”(Matthew 7:1–2 ESV)
Is this a contradiction? Hardly. I’ll let Calvin explain it to you from his commentary on Matt 7;
“We now see, that the design of Christ was to guard us against indulging excessive eagerness, or peevishness, or malignity, or even curiosity, in judging our neighbors. He who judges according to the word and law of the Lord, and forms his judgment by the rule of charity, always begins with subjecting himself to examination, and preserves a proper medium and order in his judgments. Hence it is evident, that this passage is altogether misapplied by those persons who would desire to make that moderation, which Christ recommends, a pretence for setting aside all distinction between good and evil. We are not only permitted, but are even bound, to condemn all sins; unless we choose to rebel against God himself,—nay, to repeal his laws, to reverse his decisions, and to overturn his judgment-seat. It is his will that we should proclaim the sentence which he pronounces on the actions of men: only we must preserve such modesty towards each other, as to make it manifest that he is the only Lawgiver and Judge, (Isaiah 33:22.)”
7. While I’m at it… “all sins are the same!” No, they are not…
“The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:13–20 ESV)
8. “I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes,
who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority . So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.” (3 John 1:9–10 ESV)
9. In #2, #4, and #8, I took the liberty of correcting Scripture to make it more “biblical” according to current standards. You’re welcome.
10. When we deny the depths of our sins, we forfeit the full measure of the grace of God for them. If we do not fully confess our sins, we cannot fully repent…and that shame will linger instead of being washed clean by the blood of Christ. The discipline of God toward His children is always rehabilitative, never retributive…but when we refuse to fully repent or enable others to avoid doing so, we become our own jailers.