George Booker
A New Creation

29. Suing at Law

“If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life? Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother goes to law against another — and this in front of unbelievers! The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers” (1 Cor. 6:1-8).

We believe that the Scriptures forbid going to law against another. This plain command is part of the basic framework of the principles of the Law of Christ, which forbids violence, coercion, resistance and retaliation for evil. We are not to use the law, or the powers of the law, against anyone in any way. To do so in any way is to violate the whole spirit of Christ’s teachings.

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