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Recientemente vine en contacto con alguna gente que está conectada con una iglesia europea muy famosa. Uno de esta gente expresó señal de molestia que muchos de los jóvenes adultos vivían juntos fuera de matrimonio, y otros tenían relaciones sexuales sin la comisión de la unión matrimonial. Porque habían atendido a mi seminario de liderazgo dirección, sus ojos fueron abiertos en la importancia de hacer cumplir disciplina. Los lectores de este boletín de noticias saben que estoy profundamente preocupado de que las congregaciones occidentales raramente hacen cumplir estándares bíblicos.

Hice una cierta investigación sobre esta iglesia y encontré que el pastor había escrito realmente muy a gran alcance en la importancia del pacto matrimonial y los peligros de relaciones sexuales antes de la unión. Él enseñó correctamente que todas las relaciones sexuales extra-maritales eran pecado, y las poderosas razones de limitar relaciones sexuales dentro de la unión. Él presentó la evidencia empírica convincente de las consecuencias de relaciones sexuales pre-maritales: efectos negativos después del matrimonio, dificultades en mantener relaciones duraderas, el dolor persistente de relaciones quebradas, enfermedad, la pérdida de confianza y finalmente la pérdida del gozo que es especialmente reservada para los que esperan. La razón más importante de sostener sin desvió el convenio a la unión del matrimonio está por supuesto, el mandamiento de Dios.

Una cultura de indulgencia sexual en una iglesia

¿Y entonces, cómo podría ser que una cultura de indulgencia sexual se ha establecido en el contexto de tal tan buena enseñanza? La razón fue extraída de otra declaración en uno de los libros de este pastor. Él indicó básicamente que la iglesia era enseñar la verdad pero "aceptar a toda la gente que venga en cualquier etapa ellos estén" Eso ciertamente debe ser verdad para los que estén buscando y no profesen ser seguidores de Yeshua. Es igualmente cierto que no es la medida para los creyentes que profesan. La realidad desafortunada en la conducta de esta comunidad de la iglesia es que la cultura de los adultos jóvenes ha socavado el uso de la buena enseñanza del pastor; ¡la cultura se ha convertido en una influencia más fuerte que su enseñanza!

Los judíos Mesiánicos deben mantener los estándares e la palabra

Como líder judío Mesiánico, esperaría que los judíos Mesiánicos estuvieran a la vanguardia de hacer cumplir estándares bíblicos, Torah es ir adelante de Zion. Abrazamos las palabras de Yeshua que estamos para enseñar a la gente a obedecer todos sus mandamientos. Yeshua en nosotros es la llave a esta obediencia. Yeshua tiene mandamientos muy claros en disciplina también.

Muchos creyentes piensan erróneamente que hacer cumplir estándares y que practicar una disciplina congregación al funciona contrariamente a el demostrar amor y misericordia. Nada podía ser más lejos de la verdad. Hebreos 12:7 - 11 nos dice que Dios mismo nos disciplina porque él nos ama como sus hijos. En Mateo 18:15 Yeshua resalta el proceso de la corrección; Él lo ordena. Paulo repite esto en Galatas 6:1,2. Por supuesto, si lo hace un creyente que profesa y está en pecado serio mas no se arrepiente después de las etapas de la confrontación amorosa, entonces esta persona debe ser echada de la hermandad.

Paulo dice en 1 Corintios 5:10 que los seguidores de Yeshua no deben guardar a compañía con la gente inmoral. Él clarifica que esto no significa la gente del mundo, pero los que profesan ser creyentes en Yeshua y aun practican inmoralidad, codicia, la extorsión, la idolatría, rebeldía, y la embriaguez (1 Corintios. 5:11). Él entonces pide, ¿"Usted no juzga a los que estén adentro? Pero los que están afuera, Dios juzgan. Por lo tanto ponga lejos de ustedes a persona malvada." (1 Cor. 5:12, 13)

Las Consecuencias de No Reforzar Disciplina

Cuando una comunidad de creyentes permite que la gente practique pecado y que mantenga su implicación en la comunidad, mientras que continúa profesando que son creyentes en Yeshua, consecuencias terribles seguirán. ¿Cuáles son estas consecuencias?

Para las personas implicadas en pecado practicante, la carencia de la disciplina enseña más que mensajes del púlpito: dice que su pecado no es realmente tan serio. De tal modo se consuelan en la satisfacción personal. Pierden el miedo de Dios, la bendición de Dios, y finalmente pueden incluso perder la salvación, porque nadie que practique pecado entrará en el reino de Dios, aquí o en mas allá. Por lo tanto, no practicar disciplina es muy fuera del amor. Cuando las consecuencias del pecado son la pérdida de relación en el Cuerpo, la persona es requerida examinar su comportamiento y la posibilidad de arrepentimiento verdadero incrementado grandemente. La disciplina según lo impuesto en la Biblia es una misericordia de Dios.

Las consecuencias en la comunidad son enormes. Como en esta iglesia, podemos crear una cultura de pecado en la comunidad en su totalidad o en un subgrupo particular. Cuando sucede esto, la comunidad pierde la presencia y el poder de Dios. Llegarán a ser ineficaces. Además, se convertirán en una fuente de la deshonra a Yeshua. Muchos en el mundo verán a congregación como "apenas un manojo de hipócritas." Hay un estándar básico de santidad que debemos mantener. Si la gente cae en pecado, se arrepiente y cae otra vez, incluso múltiples de veces, Dios es misericordioso con ambos la persona y a la comunidad. Sin embargo, cuando la persona no tiene ninguna intención de arrepentirse sino su intención es el continuar en pecado, esto no se debe resolver con indulgencia. No hablamos aquí de visitantes o de buscadores, sino de los que profesen ser creyentes. La salud de matrimonios y de familias es en juego en hacer cumplir disciplina. No debemos dejar que sea dicho de nosotros que es el nombre de Dios es blasfemado entre las naciones debido a nuestro pecado.

He estado en una cierta clase de dirección pastoral por más de 36 años. He visto nuestras muchas comunidades tomar la disciplina seriamente. Los resultados son maravillosos. Hay muy pocos divorcios y un sentido fuerte de santidad y la presencia de Dios. ¡Podamos ver esto en Israel y entonces de aquí, podamos extender a las naciones!

Por Daniel Juster


Dan Juster leads the overall ministry Tikkun International. Donate to Tikkun International.

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12:01 31Dec08 Jesse Bruton -
Succinct, with both truth AND grace. Thank you!

13:13 31Dec08 Marika Kern -
The whole world needs to hear this! I agree 100%!

14:05 31Dec08 G J -
Interesting article, especially in light of the current gay rights and marriage battle currently taking place here in the U.S. It seems one of the arguments made is that the evangelical church in the US allows for the remarriage of those who have no biblical grounds for divorce as well as the tolerance of those who are part of the hook up culture or live together before marriage. Even "gay right" advocates recognize that without the enforcement of standards the church loses moral authority and it's ability to establish truth and ethical standards in shaping society.

14:23 31Dec08 Maribeth Long -
This is a wonderfully written article. In all of the churches I have attended I have never witnessed a spirit of discipline among members of the congregation. I truly believe this accountability is grossly lacking in the Western churches. We, as followers of the one true God, desperately need to separate from the cultural norms of our society and walk in step with what we profess to believe--the word of God.

15:03 Shirley Fox -
This is definitely an absolutely true message. The Western church is so afraid of confrontation, whether it be from fear of losing members, workers, or finances. Whatever the reason, it all appears to be fear-based and we are not to walk by fear but by faith. The Church must rise up!

15:03 Ginny -
Very clear and to the point. Love and acceptance for the believer is expressed differently than for the nonbeliever.

15:43 31Dec08 A reader from Finland -
It is the same way in Finland. Young ladies getting pregnant and having the baby(ies) without formal marriage ties. Parents don't think anything of it except wanting grandchildren. Now, the Lutheran Church may be officially weighing the option of blessing same-sex arrangements. A survey was taken and over half of the Lutheran clergy thought it was okay.

16:18 31Dec08 Phyllis McDowall -
Excellent instruction but many churches want numbers and so they go along with entertainment and not God's Truth which is discipline too. God is Holy and we need Holiness in our living day by day. Thankyou for the standard you are proclaiming and may we see salvation in many of our beautiful young people as even clean living has its reward too and we should give of our best to the Master. Praying too for Our Dear Israel people who are being made to look in the wrong today. God has given this land to Abraham and his people and even though there is going to be many slain in battle, in the end The Messiah will come and deliverance will come.

17:27 31Dec08 Tracy Crossett -
THANK YOU! For in speaking the truth in love, you bring restored hope to someone like me, who lives in one of the most Godless States in America - Washington. I hold the standard in agreement with you, even though I am frequently accused of being a "legalist." I have an understanding of what "freedom from the law of sin and death" really means! I don't have to walk around in the bondage of the old man nature any more. I love this freedom that only comes from knowing my Savior, and the blessings of walking in unashamed obedience to Him. My husband and I just celebrated our 26th Happy Anniversary. We are best friends, and know that in Christ, all things are possible!

19:45 31Dec08 Delight Guthrie -
I wholeheartedly agree. I am fortunate to be in a church where the pastor and leadership have lovingly exercised discipline. It is not always received, and there are those that feel it is not the "Christian" thing to do. Having observed what has happened in churches where sinful lifestyles have been tolerated, is actually proof that it is right, even beyond the scriptures. When the truth finally came out, and the congregation learned things had not been dealt with, it was the very "best" and most faithful that left because they felt betrayed, and that they or their families were not kept safe. What kind of shepherd leaves the wolves among the flock?

23:07 31Dec08 Margareta Malo -
I agree with your teaching on dicipline. As a beliver and diciple of Yeshua our lives are not our own and our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore any sexual activity out side marriage is sin and defiles our bodies, souls and spirits. May the Lord convict the church and make it known to its member that the judgement starts with the family of God I Pet 4:17.

12:02 01Jan09 Margaret Preston -
Sexual sin is without doubt one of the most effective ways the enemy of our souls -- the devil, uses to discredit the the Body of Christ. Thank you for your fair, non-judgemental and compassionate essay on a subject that is not spoken of often enough from the leadership of the Church.

06:49 02Jan09 Pastor David Durant -
This is a very strong and relevant article in light of the prevailing culture of unfaithfulness in marriages and the massive divorce rate among Christians. It would seem that we have lost the sanctity of marriage and most of all 'the fear of God.' This is a call for us to enforce the right Biblical discipline in the Church community.

09:06 05Jan09 Svona Yankle -
THANK-YOU for this word!! The son of a close friend of mine is a believer, yet living with his girlfriend who also professes Jesus as her Savior. I have addressed my concerns in regards to GOD's commands for holiness with my friend, but she is too fearful to confront the young couple. I have ordered copies of this article, will pray over it and share it with my friend and her son. May the Righteousness of GOD be upheld, may their eyes be opened to the truth of their lifstyle, may their hearts be moved to repentance!

09:38 07Jan09 anonymous -
I cannot tell you how "on time" was this word for me. I am the child of a missionary pastor and to grow up in church has allowed me to question over and over why is it that many pastors cannot understand the severity of ignoring discipline. I have recently been convicted of this in reference to the last soul the Lord allowed me to usher into the Kingdom. She fell into witchcraft and sexual immorality; it tore my heart to see her wanting to live there and this week has been my third warning. I felt so grieved about it and asked the Lord to assure me I was doing the right thing. But after talking about it with one of the pastors I know, I was told perhaps I was being too severe. I assure you, my words where measured in hope, love and the desire to restore this new soul back to Abba ... but as she put it, "I am not ready to let this man go," so I was very clear with her and explained it is simply impossible to have two masters. Thanks for the message ... I pray for you as the Lord leads the Church from glory to glory!

16:57 09Jan09 Cynthia Maddaluno -
Something is terribly wrong when we raise children in churches both on Sunday morning and Wednesday nights and school 5 days a week, memorizing Bible scripture and still get pregnant out of wedlock, these churches as we know them are seriously missing the mark and that mark is the Torah! I thank pioneers like you and the rest of this Messianic movement for standing up for the truth.

17:36 26Jan09 PJ -
My husband and I are marriage counselors at our church. I believe we would not have near the issues if we had a "Holy Fear" of God. I agree with your article 100%

11:18 30Jan09 anonymous -
I would like to thank Dr. Juster for this wonderful article on sexual sins within the church body. These sins go so deep into the human soul that we cannot even began to name all the many ills of the soul, body and spirit. Believe me, I know in part, the importance of discipline of the body, mind and the heart. It's a growing process through prayer, reading God's Holy Word, Praise To God in all that we do, being in the presence of God and the church body, being led by The Precious Holy Spirit Of Truth. I know that this has worked in my life and in the life of many others and when we as Christians really get down serious with The Lord, then and only then, He can get serious with us.


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