So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!
(1 Corinthians 6:4-8, ESV)
Why are Christians suing, or threatening so sue, each other lately? Why, especially, over frivolous concerns – disagreements?
First, Jason Smathers shared that he is being sued in Ergun Caner Has Sued Witnesses Unto Me. Caner is suing over videos Smathers obtained from the United States Marines through the Freedom of Information Act. Would the material lead to Caner suffering wrong or to him being defrauded like the Scripture states?
What is so damning on these videos that warrants one Christian suing another?
Next, Alan Kurschner documents that Brannon Howse threatening to sue Chris White over a theological disagreement – UPDATE on Brannon Howse’s Threat to Sue Regarding the Video Critique of Jimmy DeYoung. Is Howse worried he would suffer wrong or be defrauded?
Do we now threaten to sue people who disagree and challenge us theologically?
There are probably other lawsuits among Christians that, thankfully, aren’t as public. Imagine if we sued each other in our local churches over disagreements. Court rooms would probably be fuller than church services!
A few years I posted an excerpt about Christians suing each other from a Mack Stiles’ book. Mack is a friend. I got to hear him tell the story in person. A large sum of money was involved between two Christian businessmen in a Muslim country. After encouraging the men that they must meet at the foot of the cross to work out their problems the story concludes.
Back in the living room with the two businessmen and my pastor, Mike said, “Well, if I cancel the legal proceedings what guarantee do I have that Robert will pay?”
“None, ” I said. “But we are not trusting in Robert. We are trusting in Christ.”
“Okay,” he said, softly. “I’ll do that. I can trust him.”
Touched with Mike’s willingness to lay aside the lawsuit, Robert leaned forward. “My board has only authorized for me to pay fifty thousand, but Mike, I am willing to pay out my own pocket over the next number of months another two hundred.”
“And Mike, if you are willing to trust in Christ by following the principle of 1 Corinthians 6, then the church is willing to help from our benevolence fund, ” said Pastor John.
Mike’s chin fell to his chest…”Would you really do that for me?” he said. He began to weep.
~Mack Stiles, Marks of the Messenger. pages 58-59.
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