1 Corinthians 15:33 – Bad Company Ruins Good Morals

Today’s Reading: Job 12:1‐15:35, 1 Corinthians 15:29‐58, Psalm 39:1‐13, Proverbs 21:30‐31

1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 

Context: Paul has been discussing the vital importance of Christ’s and Christian resurrection to the gospel message.  Some of the people in the the church in Corinth do not believe in the resurrection and thus believe “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”  It is to the church that contains people with this belief that he makes this statement:

Observations:

  • Do not be deceived – implying that some of them (and I believe some of us) are
  • Bad company – people that believe an incomplete gospel in the church
  • Ruins good morals – perverts the way we live

Application:  As a leader in my church, I want to make sure we preach and teach a clear and complete gospel.

How do we balance the command to bring the gospel to the world yet make sure that those who don’t understand the gospel don’t ruin good morals for those they are around?

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