Evil communication, the Bible says, corrupt good manners. Someone may ask, what is evil communication? The dictionary defines communication as verbal expressions. That is, the activity of communicating or conveying information. Contextually, this definition is wide of the mark of Paul’s message. Let us check what evil communication means and the context in which Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthian church in his first epistle.

1 Corinthians 15:33
[33]Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Communication here means relationship, fellowship, communion, companionship and association. Paul was talking about doctrinal issue. He was shedding light on a doctrinal topic in 1 Corinthians, chapter 15. Some set of people say there is no resurrection from the dead, and Paul confirmed the folly of the statement by bringing out facts that negate this erroneous belief. He said, if there’s no resurrection, then Christ had not risen, and if Christ wasn’t raised from the dead, our (the Christian) faith is in vain. He taught them with many sound teachings that would make them rest assured that there is resurrection from the dead. In his letter, he then charged the Corinthian church to avoid relationship or fellowship with these (and other) evil teachings. They are evil because they are against the victory of Christ over death. Also, another erroneous teaching they peddled was that apart from the resurrection of Christ from the dead, the Christian faith is no different from other faiths. Therefore, Paul charged them not have relationship with such teachings or people that teach them. Such teachings will not make the believer’s faith effectual.

Philemon 1:6
[6]That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

The communication of our faith will become effective when we acknowledge the good we have in Christ Jesus. Communication of faith doesn’t get better through evil communication. That is why every believer needs a living church where the word of God is taught.

A believer must know the truth and communicate with only the truth. The foundation of Christianity is founded on Christ- the Truth. Christ is the explanation of the will, plan, purpose and mind of God. Only in Christ, and through our communication (koinonia) with Him, can our faith be effectual – sound and mature.

The spiritual manners and the moral manners befitting a Christian will only be seen when the believer’s communication is effectual. Evil communication corrupts. The wrong doctrines you believe and practice, the bad company you keep, the besetting sin you refuse to overcome, the scriptural truth and doctrinal purity you do not adhere to. All are evil communication. They cannot make you perfect. They will not make your faith effectual. The end result is death and corruption.

These days, a lot of people rather believe the teaching coming from human knowledge, teachings inspired and taught by men, teachings that impart fear, guilt and condemnation without leading the hearers to Christ, teachings that are not seasoned with the grace of God that appeared to all men. They believe such teachings more than their realities in Christ because this sounds too good to be true. And this is the truth. So, instead of communicating with the truth, they communicate with lies and fables of men.

Titus 1:14
[14]Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

When you give heed to such teachings, that is evil communication. Don’t give it a thought, for they will corrupt you and turn you away from the truth. Feed on Christ alone. Let your mind be set on things above. Find a church that is sincere in the teaching of the Truth. Even in the world, when someone gets caught up with an evil or unserious fellow, we can tell that it only takes a matter of time for that person to be corrupted if he does not separate himself from the evil intentioned one. On the other hand, in the church today, we should not mix teachings up. There is the gospel of Christ and there are teachings of men. If it not Christ, then it has no place in the church. May we have spiritual wisdom in Jesus’ name. Amen.

I hope this blessed you. Kindly share with friends and families. Meet us again next week for another episode on this blog. God bless you.

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