Imagine with me. You meet a new couple that walks through your doors on a Sunday morning. They’re young and really excited to be in your church. You catch them after the service and they inform you that they’re not only coming back next week but they’re bringing a couple friends. This is a dream situation for many of us. A young couple. They’re actually excited to be in your church. And to make it even better, they’re bringing friends! Well, after a week or so you discover this great young couple is not married, but they are living together. What do you do? Do you kick them out of the church immediately? Do you call them out for ‘living in sin’? Or do you just say nothing?
This is a tough situation, especially in the world we live in today. This is a world that praises tolerance and hates conviction. How then, do we as pastors, address sin in a person’s life without them closing the door to Christ forever? This is a topic we were discussing in our MCM Pastor’s Meeting this past Wednesday. Over the next couple days I’m going to do a couple posts on this topic. But for now, how would you address this situation? Are there mistakes you’ve made in in situations like this?