Posted by: missionventureministries | June 17, 2014

WARNING! – BAD COMPANY CORRUPTS GOOD CHARACTER – 1 Corinthians 15:33

1 Corinthian 15 vs 33 E

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33) 

In his first letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul wrote of the false teachers who had come into the church at Corinth teaching that the resurrection of Jesus Christ wasn’t true. These people like the Sadducees denied life after death and the resurrection (Luke 20:27). As a result, their moral and distorted outlook on life influenced the rest of the Corinthian believers.

Paul is telling us that in associating with false teachers, weak and uninformed people we will be adversely influenced by them. It is important to understand that false teachings do not lead to holiness. Therefore, it is critical that we are careful whom we form relationships with and who we choose to worship with. Churches and people who are not founded on the truth of God’s Word will cause those that are not firmly grounded in Scripture to waver in their faith and adversely affect their walk with Christ and their witness to the world. This is why Paul tells us, “Do not be misled.”

This is his second admonition to the Corinthians to not be “misled”. Earlier Paul had warned them: Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men (1 Corinthians 6:9). He cautioned them not to take up the lifestyles of corrupt people—those who will not inherit the kingdom of God. Paul knew how easy it is for people to be influenced by such adverse teachings, just like they are today. If people do not build their house on the solid rock – Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:24-25); they will begin to adopt such perverted ideas and behaviors as normal. For this reason, Paul quotes this well known proverb by the Greek poet Menander: “Bad company corrupts good character.” No doubt it was well known among the Greeks at that time.

The point Paul makes, is pertinent to all people in all ages. When those that are not grounded in the Word associate with or take delight in the company of people with worldly morals, they run the risk of mimicking their behaviors, their language, and their habits. Before long they are no longer following Christ because their house was built on sand and lacked a solid foundation. (Matthew 7:26-27) 

When this happens people go back again to the way of the world denying and rejecting the Bible as the Word of God. This is especially pertinent to young people who are generally easily influenced by their peers. People of all ages can be very weak and easily influenced by false teachers, demon entities and un-informed weak Christians who have not developed a Bible based lifestyle.  

For this reason it is vital for parents of children and teenagers to especially be on guard against the influence of bad company, false teachers in the cults and so-called “Christian” churches; who will destroy their faith in Jesus Christ, and exploit them in their greed and with evil doctrines and ideas. So, what are we to do? Paul provides us the answer in 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 

As parents and guardians, we must expose these false teachers, (wolves in sheep’s clothing). It is vital that we stand firm against ungodly influences that may corrupt our children, and weak immature believers. As born again believers, we stand firm against those who would corrupt our walk with Christ. And we must stand your ground against false teaching and a diluted gospel presentation that lead others astray from the truth. In all things, we are to be “self-controlled and alert” because our “enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) Paul also told us that “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.(2 Corinthians 11:14-15) 

Do you choose friends and a church based on how much money they have, or how popular they are? Or do you choose your church and your friends based on their character, loyalty, honesty, and the ability to teach and encourage people to grow in Christ? The latter is the type of church and friend that God wants us to have. Therefore; do not be misled, take time to pray and let the Holy Spirit lead you in choosing your friends and the church where God is honored and worshiped with the respect He deserves. “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”  (1 Timothy 1:17) 

We need to remember that: “God judges the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day”. (Psalm 7:11). Therefore, we need to “make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; because without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

 

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