Among Christian leaders, 82% say the Bible does not forbid Christians to sue each other, according to a new poll from the National Association of Evangelicals.
The NAE poll, which was conducted among its board of directors, referred to 1 Corinthians 6:1-8, where Paul gives commands on conflict resolution to the church in Corinth.
“If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people?” the letter reads.
Paul’s letter said that instead of taking fellow Christians to court in a lawsuit, Christians should decide the matter together with other Christians. One day, Christians will judge the world, so they should be competent enough to resolve quarrels inside the church.
The letter also said that for Christians, having lawsuits is a defeat, and asked believers why they are unwilling to be cheated. The letter did not mention lawsuits between Christians and unbelievers.
Most evangelical Christian leaders said the Bible passage does not forbid all civil suits between Christians.
“Obviously it is a bad witness of Christian brothers and sisters to take one another to public court to resolve conflict, especially when it is the case of members of the same congregation as in the Corinth scenario. In the 21st century even Christians need legal contracts of agreement and may have to settle disputes in the public court. Nonetheless, it is best when members can sort out matters of conflict by coming together for open discussion, prayer and the goal of resolution,” said Greg Williams, president of Grace Communion International, to the NAE.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jackson Elliott