May 5, 2009 by Stacy McDonald

Is it Lawful for a Christian to Sue a Christian?

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My husband wrote a must-read article extremely relevent for the church today. Click HERE to read the whole thing on his blog.

“Whether or not a Christian should ever sue another Christian can be a subject of passionate debate. The root cause of the dilemma is scandalous. The Church of God is called upon to judge matters between Christians rightly. But, often, the church is either unable or unwilling to get involved. Other times, because of our hardness of heart, we are not willing to count the church worthy “to judge the smallest matters (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).” Rather, we go hastily to court (Proverbs 25:8), ignoring Paul’s instruction:

‘Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?” (1 Corinthians 6:1-2, NKJV)

First, we see in the Word of God that sin is at the root of all conflicts, inside and outside the church. We are born sinners; and the godliest of men will die sinners. It is only by God’s Grace that we are saved from our own wickedness. All of us are prone to sin; therefore, we are also likely to hurt one another.

The Bible tells us that our hearts are desperately wicked, that we are easily blinded by our own sin, and that “out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies” (Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:19).

Often, the consequence of this sinful condition is that we hurt and offend others; and likewise, that we are easily offended ourselves. Some offenses are petty; while others are seriously damaging and incessantly destructive.”

Be sure to read the whole article on my husband’s blog.

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