The Corinthians, as witnessed by both ancient letters, had an obsession with virtue signaling, lavishness and grand gestures. They believed, as a matter of practice, that truth is defined by power. This is why their church was in chaos and gifts out of control. This is in direct opposition to the gospel reality. Paul is cementing the idea that power doesn’t establish truth, but truth establishes power. When called to see who is right and wrong, power shouldn’t factor into the equation. This is evidenced by Christ, who hid his power so that sin might be conquered and we might be saved. Our maturity as believers must be met with truth, not power. Power alone just leads to a new type of slavery, from which we have already been saved. It is precisely the reason why the American church is chaotic now. As it refuses to view things through the lens of gospel truth but instead considers the power differentials of intersectionality, It’s effort to be diverse, equitable and inclusive actuality create a whole new set of problems. To grow we must focus our attention on the truth of how God saves us all. We must focus on the truth of his character and revealed word. We must focus on the truth of Jesus as revealed in Scripture.
2 CORINTHIANS 13:3-10
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MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts