Yes, there must indeed be different level of spiritual maturity. That's not the problem. Just because one is having a problem doesn't mean that we ignore it, does it? Do we ignore our own children's problems, because they aren't as mature as us, the parents?
"Those who sin, rebuke openly, that the rest might fear." You sin openly, you get rebuked openly. Pretty basic stuff. But the church, generally speaking, doesn't do this. They are too learned and wise to do this. Whatever.
The actions flow from the heart. Why do we have such actions going on for years in the church? It shows the heart of the leadership loud and clear. We follow as we are led. We lead as we follow Christ.
Pastors have openly told me that "you can't change the church". They are more interested in the praise of man than the praise of God. And it shows in their congregational problems that aren't dealt with or victory gotten in regard to.
But us be in sin? Gasp! How dare you say such a thing! And the leadership be at fault spiritually? I'm an ignorant oaf that just goes around sowing discord instead of unity. Whatever. Enjoy the wicked fruits and the problems that are pervasive. So much for believing that God will destroy those who defile His temple: which temple we are.
Far, far too much lip service is rendered, but the hearts are proven to be far from God, even as they vehemently avow otherwise and get offended over!
Good to see that you stand up for what's right, Chosenone. It will cost you: it cost the Savior. If they did it to Him, how much more will they do it to you? They murdered the prophets, just as their fathers did. By their fruits you will know them. After the first and second admonition, from such turn aside, knowing that they are warped and SELF CONDEMNED. The proof is in the pudding, and they are self condemned.
It is well past the time in which the person should continue to stand in the congregation and state that the naked king is richly robed. Do not be part or party to such. "Do you not know that bad company corrupts good character?" Psalm 1 is of note.