SCRIPTURE TEXT: “You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do.”–Ephesians 5:5-7(NLT) 

Paul does not forbid all contact with unbelievers. Jesus taught His followers to befriend sinners and lead them to Him. Instead, Paul writes against the lifestyle of people who make excuses for bad behavior and recommends its practice to others whether they are in the Church or outside of it. Such people quickly pollute the Church and endanger its unity and purpose.

We must befriend unbelievers if we are to lead them to Christ, but we must be wary of those who are viciously evil, immoral, or opposed to all that Christianity stands for. Such people are more likely to influence us for evil than we are to influence them for good.

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