Modern Day Corinthians –

Ever wondered why the Apostle Paul says this to the Corinthians:

1 CORINTHIANS 4:

10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;

12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

 


Members of the body of Christ who do not preach the gospel or who have gone off the rails and are preaching another gospel, who do not live righteously in Christ and who are conformed to the world are :

“Wise in Christ”

“Are strong”

“Are honourable”

In the world’s eyes, from the world’s point of view, that is –

because they don’t make waves, they don’t stir, aren’t controverisal, and probably the only thing they stir are unsound doctrine and martinis.  The world loves unsound doctrine  and conformance to their standards – all one has to do is take a look at what’s taught in denominational churches today to confirm this, hence they are “wise in Christ”.

If one can ever pick up the Apostle Paul’s sarcasm, it is in these verses.

If he is genuinely calling them wise, strong and honourable, why does he say:

14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

One can see this clearly today, people always think you want to shame them because they do feel shame when called out on their doctrine, but in effect it’s a warning.  But today they glory in their shame – in being wrong – because it makes waves (the wrong variety).

Paul, the Chief Steward of the mystery revealed to him by the ascended Christ, who should have been smug, elitist, had a lot of friends, a home and should’ve been everyone’s buddy, in reality was this:

13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

Why do saved people always try to garner the acceptance of both their peers and the world?  Because they conform, if they don’t “then there ‘s something wrong”.  They see safety in numbers and soundness in numbers – if the majority believe it, it must be right.   Like dead fish going with the flow.  If the majority agree on something – then it must be right.   Makes you wonder, if they were born in the Apostle Paul’s day – he didn’t have dozens of friends – “ooh, there must be something wrong with him”, he preached against Judaism, a performance based gospel and those conformed to the world, so one can only imagine that thousands today would’ve rejected him – even those in the Mid-Acts Dispensationalist Camp – i.e., the “wise”, the “honourable”, and the “strong”.

The Apostle Paul wasn’t a conformist, and yet you profess to follow him?

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