It’s Just a Little Bit
Posted on June 20, 2019 by America's Keswick in Victory Call
I have an allergy to bell peppers. Well, the doctor calls it an intolerance to them. But after eating them by mistake, I just know I get very sick, no matter what it is called. You may ask, “How do you eat them by mistake?” Just a little flake in a salad dressing or seasoning is enough to compromise my whole digestive system and make me sick. And, some people like to put them in everything, some recipes you would never think to look for them. And when they are put in cole slaw, how in the world are you supposed to smell or taste them with all that cabbage?
The Bible says that even a little bit of sin will ruin the purity of the church and individual Christians. 1 Corinthians 5: 6-8 (GNT) says,
“6 It is not right for you to be proud! You know the saying, “A little bit of yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise.” 7 You must remove the old yeast of sin so that you will be entirely pure. Then you will be like a new batch of dough without any yeast, as indeed I know you actually are. For our Passover Festival is ready, now that Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us celebrate our Passover, then, not with bread having the old yeast of sin and wickedness, but with the bread that has no yeast, the bread of purity and truth.”
Paul was writing to the Corinthian church because they were being tolerant of a sexual sin going on in their church. They were even being proud about their tolerance. At one time I could not understand how they could be proud about it. But the way our culture today pushes tolerance, I can now understand. Today, if you are not tolerant according to their understanding of the word, then you are the bad guy, you are narrow-minded. But the fact is, if we allow sin to continue in the church, it compromises our ministry.
How about sin in our own life? Are we tolerant of certain sins? Do we think that some sins are so small, that it is okay to continue doing them? Christ sacrificed Himself for our sins and we are forgiven. But, no matter how “small” the sin may be, it is still affecting our relationship with God. We need to speak God’s truth to ourselves. What does He say about it?
Written by Denise Zambrano: Denise loves to teach the Bible and sing. She teaches a women’s Bible study and a high school Sunday School class. Along with her daughter, Linda, she is an advocate at A Baby’s Breath (a crisis pregnancy center). She loves being a grandmother to Tim, Becky, Alexander, and William (who is with Jesus). She was a missionary with Radio Station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador for 35 years.
Think About This: “One great power of sin is that it blinds men so that they do not recognize its true character.” – Andrew Murray
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. – Galatians 6:14
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.