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  • Writer's pictureDr. Roger D Duke

With Whom Do You Fellowship: A John Bunyan Devotional

February 29

I Will Not Fellowship with the Profane

(Korah Being Swallowed UP for His Sin)

“And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods”

Numbers 16: 32

[This is] “to be a reminder to the people of Israel, so that no outsider, who is not of the descendants of Aaron, should draw near to burn incense before the LORD, lest he become like Korah and his company—as the LORD said to him through Moses”

Numbers 16: 40.

Hear how Paul handles the point [of the profane]. This he said: That the things which the Gentiles do when they openly prophane sacrifice. They sacrifice to Devils, and not to God. And I would not have you to have fellowship with Devils. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of Devils. You cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord of the table of Devils, [Dare] we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He is? (1 Corinthians 10:  21-23). I conclude that therefore it is an evil and dangerous thing to hold Church communion with the openly prophane and ungodly. It pollutes His ordinances. It violates His Law. It profanes His holiness. It defiles His people and provokes the Lord to severe and terrible judgments.

I might here greatly enlarge but I only intend brevity. Yet let me tell you: That when Nehemiah understood, by the book of the Law of the Lord, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God; they separated [them] from Israel all the mixed multitude. Many have pleaded for the profane that they should abide in the Church of God. But such have not considered that Gods wrath always has with great indignation been shown against such offenders and their conceits. Indeed, they like not to plead for them under that notion but rather as Korah and his company. All the congregation is holy to every one of them. But it makes no matter by what name they are called, if by their deeds they shew themselves openly wicked.

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