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Church Discipline (Part 08) - Sins that Merit Church Discipline - Rom 1:29-30

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E. Rom 1:29-32
i. Those that commit the sins listed in Rom 1:29-31 are worthy of death (Rom 1:32).
a. A sinner will not be physically put to death by the church (2Co 10:3-5).
b. But a brother will experience a death to fellowship in the church if he commits such sins (1Co 5:5; 1Jo 5:16; Luk 15:24; Rom 11:17 c/w Rom 11:15; Rev 3:1; Jam 5:19-20).
ii. Unrighteousness n. (Rom 1:29) - The quality of being unrighteous; an instance of this, an unrighteous action.
a. Unrighteous adj. - 1. Not righteous or upright; unjust, wicked:
b. Unrighteousness is a broad term which encompasses various sinful activities.
c. Those who are commonly known to be practicing unrighteousness will be put out of the church.
iii. Fornication n. (Rom 1:29) - (see 1Co 5:11 - Section VII,1,A)
iv. Wickedness n. (Rom 1:29) - 1. The quality of being wicked; wicked character or disposition; depravity, iniquity, immorality.
a. Wicked adj. - 1. Bad in moral character, disposition, or conduct; inclined or addicted to wilful wrong-doing; practising or disposed to practise evil; morally depraved. (A term of wide application, but always of strong reprobation, implying a high degree of evil quality.)
b. Wickedness is a broad term which encompasses various sinful activities.
c. Those who are commonly known to be practicing wickedness will be put out of the church.
v. Covetousness n. (Rom 1:29) - (see 1Co 5:11 - Section VII,1,A)
vi. Maliciousness n. (Rom 1:29) - The quality or condition of being malicious; malevolence, spitefulness.
a. Malicious adj. - 1. Of persons, their dispositions, etc.: Given to malice; addicted to sentiments or acts of ill-will.
b. Those who are commonly known to be thinking or acting in ill-will toward others will be put out of the church.
vii. Envy n. (Rom 1:29) - (see Gal 5:19-21 - Section VII,1,C)
viii. Murder n. (Rom 1:29) - (see Gal 5:19-21 - Section VII,1,C)
ix. Debate n. (Rom 1:29) - 1. a. Strife, contention, dissension, quarrelling, wrangling; a quarrel. at debate: at strife, at variance.
a. See variance and strife (Gal 5:19-21 - Section VII,1,C)
b. Those who are commonly known to be debating and causing strife, contention, and dissention will be put out of the church.
x. Deceit n. (Rom 1:29) - 1. The action or practice of deceiving; concealment of the truth in order to mislead; deception, fraud, cheating, false dealing.
a. The natural man is deceitful (Psa 10:7 c/w Rom 3:14; Jer 17:9).
b. God hates deceitful men (Psa 5:6).
c. The pastor who does the work of the Lord deceitfully is cursed (Jer 48:10).
d. Those who cheat or defraud use deceit (Amo 8:5).
e. Those who are commonly known to have used deceit to cheat or defraud others will be put out of the church.
xi. Malignity n. (Rom 1:29) - 1. Wicked and deep-rooted ill-will or hatred; intense and persistent desire to cause suffering to another person; propensity to this feeling.
a. Malignity is severe form of maliciousness and hated.
b. See maliciousness (Rom 1:29-32 - Section VII,1,C) and hatred (Gal 5:19-21 - Section VII,1,C).
c. Those who are commonly known to be harboring ill-will, hatred, or a desire to harm another person will be put out of the church.
xii. Whisperer n. (Rom 1:29) - One who whispers. 1. One who speaks in a whisper. 2. One who communicates something quietly or secretly; esp. a secret slanderer or tale-bearer.
a. Whisper v. - 1. a. intr. To speak softly ‘under one's breath’, i.e. without the resonant tone produced by vibration of the vocal cords; to talk or converse in this way, esp. in the ear of another, for the sake of secrecy. (See also 4a.) 4. With special connotations. a. intr. To speak or converse quietly or secretly about something (usually implying hostility, malice, conspiracy, etc.); also (with negative) to speak ever so slightly, to say ‘the least thing’ about something.
b. Whispering is indicative of a church in disorder (2Co 12:20).
c. Whisperers destroy friendships and churches (Pro 16:28).
d. Maliciousness, malignity, and hatred are often expressed through whispering (Psa 41:7).
e. Whispering often takes on the form of insinuations or questions about someone that will cause doubt. For example:
(i) You suspect or know that Joe and Sally are having marital problems so you mention to a brother, "Joe and Sally don't seem like themselves, I sure hope everything's okay."
(ii) You and a brother are talking about another brother who seems to be a genuinely nice person and your brother says, "Well, you know what they say about people who seem too good to be true."
(iii) This is called evil surmising and it is a sin (1Ti 6:4). (See 1Ti 6:3-5 - Section VII,1,F)
f. Those who are commonly known to be speaking secretly about others to bring them down, cast doubt on their character, sow strife, or imply something negative about them will be put out of the church.
xiii. Backbiting n. (Rom 1:30) - The action of detracting, slandering, or speaking ill of one behind his back.
a. Slander v. - 1. trans. In or after Biblical use: To be a stumbling-block to; to offend; to cause to lapse spiritually or morally. Obs. 2. To bring into discredit, disgrace, or disrepute. Obs. 3. To defame or calumniate; to assail with slander; to spread slanderous reports about, speak evil of, traduce (a person, etc.).
b. Backbiters should not be listened to.
c. The proper response to a backbiter is an angry look (Pro 25:23).
d. Backbiters shall not abide in God's house (Psa 15:1-3).
e. Those who are commonly known to be backbiting (detracting, slandering, or speaking ill of one behind his back) will be put out of the church.
xiv. Haters of God (Rom 1:30)
a. Those who hate the disciples of Jesus Christ hate God (Joh 15:18,23).
b. Those who are commonly known to hate God or His children will be put out of the church.
xv. Despiteful adj. (Rom 1:30) - Full of or abounding in despite. 1. Contemptuous; insulting, opprobrious.
a. Despite n. - 1. The feeling or mental attitude of looking down upon or despising anything; the display of this feeling; contempt, scorn, disdain.
b. Contemptuous adj. - 1. Showing contempt (said of persons, their conduct and acts); full of contempt; disdainful, scornful, insolent.
c. Contempt n. - 1. The action of contemning or despising; the holding or treating as of little account, or as vile and worthless; the mental attitude in which a thing is so considered.
d. Christians should never be described as despiteful which is a term exclusive to their enemies (Mat 5:44; Luk 6:28; Act 14:5).
e. We must not despise our brethren, even if they have different convictions when it comes to areas of liberty (Rom 14:3).
f. Those who despise others are guilty of being despiteful (Luk 18:9).
g. Those who despise the pastor for preaching against their sin are despiteful (1Th 4:8).
h. A pastor must let no man despise him (1Ti 4:12; Tit 2:15).
i. Being despiteful includes despising legitimate government (2Pe 2:10; Jud 1:8).
j. Those who are commonly known to be despiteful, contemptuous, or scornful will be put out of the church.
xvi. Proud adj. (Rom 1:30) - I. 1. a. Having or cherishing a high or lofty opinion of oneself; valuing oneself highly on account of one's position, rank, attainments, possessions, etc.; Usually in a bad sense: Disposed to take an attitude of superiority to and contempt for others; arrogant, haughty, overweening, supercilious.
a. Proud is the adjective form of pride
b. Pride n. - B. Signification. The quality of being proud. I. 1. a. A high or overweening opinion of one's own qualities, attainments, or estate, which gives rise to a feeling and attitude of superiority over and contempt for others; inordinate self-esteem.
c. God hates pride (Pro 8:13; Pro 6:16-17; Pro 16:5).
d. Pride causes strife and is the root of much evil in the church (Pro 13:10; Pro 28:25; 1Ti 6:4).
e. Pride goes before destruction (Pro 16:18).
f. If it is manifested and commonly known the destruction that will follow pride will be destruction of the flesh by Satan (1Co 5:5).
g. Those who are commonly known to be proud, having a high opinion of themselves and despising others, will be put out of the church.
xvii. Boaster n. (Rom 1:30) - One who boasts: a. a loud talker (obs.); b. one who threatens (obs.); c. one who extols his own deeds or excellences, a braggart, vaunter, arrogant person.
a. Boast v. - II. To speak ostentatiously. 3. intr. To speak vaingloriously, extol oneself; to vaunt, brag; to brag of, about, glory in.
b. Boasting is the outward form of the inward sin of pride.
c. Those who are commonly known to boast and brag about themselves will be put out of the church.