It’s a weighty thing to read, “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him.  For God’s temple is holy and you are that temple” (1 Cor. 3:17).

In other words, Paul warns that if anyone destroys the building of God’s church here on earth, they prove themselves not to be true Christians.  How do we know that’s what he says?  It’s simple.  Paul says that God will destroy that person.  God doesn’t destroy Christians.  He only destroys those opposed to the true Foundation of Jesus Christ.  This isn’t the same thing as what Paul says in verse 15 — that a person’s who’s work is shoddy will suffer a “loss” of rewards.  Shoddy work and destructive work could be the same, but Paul seems to be differentiating between the two.

This is one of those verses that makes me pray harder, confess more, and repent quicker.  I want to do my best to present myself to God as one approved, as a worker who is not ashamed because I have rightly handled the Scriptures (2 Tim. 2:15).  O God, help me be one approved.  Help your church and those in it be skilled laborers and not destroyers.

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One thought on “Don’t Screw Up the Church

  1. Shoddy seems to be an issue Christians have to deal with from internal sources; the aspect of it is our own efforts that are shoddy and we are not giving God our best. When that happens to me, I pray for conviction by the Holy Spirit (often through the loving intercession of brothers and sisters in Christ).

    Destructive work seems to be something we would deal with from external sources and we have to leave it to God to protect us as He wills.

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