So how many of you would like to know the secret, on how NOT to end up under such severe judgment?
In a city called Corinth, there was a Church, many years ago, where this unfortunate scenario played itself out. As Paul says, many were sick, and some even fell asleep – a beautiful euphemism for the harsh reality of death.
All because the members of the body were dishonouring each other.
The Church at the time was influenced heavily by the Roman government, which was built on a hierarchical system. There were the wealthy, the slaves and the freeman – and these classifications of humans found its way into the Church. These divisions, caused the wealthier Christians to treat the poorer Christians in an unjust manner – and this greatly displeased The Lord.
The end result was that many of them fell sick, and some even fell asleep.
Turn with me in your Bibles to 1 Corinthians 11.17…
Once upon a time, the city of Johannesburg was enthralled by a radio show called the Battle of the Sexes. The trivia based game that hoped to find the ultimate sex. Somehow beyond reason, we were beyond engaged, we were personally invested. You didn’t even know who the contestants were, but you knew you who you were backing – you didn’t understand how, but you knew that by default you found yourself on one of the 2 teams.
The true battle of the sexes, however, is not a game show. It is one that began immediately after the fall, one which has followed mankind all through time and space. It exists even where you are right this very minute. The only difference is whether or not we are able to see it. With superhuman shapeshifting abilities, it has managed to transcend race, cultures and geographic regions – so it remains in some contexts well hidden, and in others painfully obvious.
But today – whatever traces we may have of that battle in this context, is about to end. By the end of this message – we will all settle the questions, of who the real winner of the battle of the sexes is.