I’ve frequently told others, “That it’s one thing if you sin, but to include others brings it to another level.” Knowing how easy it is for some to be charmed by sin, why would a person want to get others involved? Don’t be a partaker of other men’s sins, because doing so means that you have now been dragged into doing their wrong.
1 Timothy 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure. In other words, don’t be so quick to anoint, support and follow that which is not proven. Because you may just find yourself trapped in their sins.
Partaker defined: One who takes part in something. In this case, that something is “Sin.”
The unsuspecting, ignorant and foolish and most certainly unspiritual are always the easiest targets to drag into someone else’s sin. This is because of several things: #1 They may not realize it until it’s too late. #2 It’s too late when they do finally realize it. Yes, it is a trap!
The Bible says that a person sins whey they are drawn away by their own lust James 1:14. In other words, they see something they know is wrong, but they still want it. The thought of wanting, then turns into the action of doing.
Whether we recognize it, don’t realize it, hide it, ignore it, blame others for it…IT’S STILL SIN. Pointing out another persons sin has always solicited the “Don’t judge” response by Christians. However, if a person is causing me to be a partaker of that said sin….I will not hold my peace. When my salvation and eternal life status depends on it whether I’m free from sin, I cannot afford to be mixed up in regret.
This is the thing, you don’t necessarily have to physically partake of another’s actual sin to be condemned. Trust me, there’s a reason why we must do as Paul the apostle said; “I must die daily.” Because if not, we can get caught up in others sins.
Let me put it this way, ever heard of the phrase, “Guilty by association?” An accomplice may not get a full charge for their part in a particular wrong doing, but they will be nonetheless charged because they were privy to it.
We can be involved with other men’s sins either directly or indirectly. We can be hands on, in the boat rowing, or standing off in the shadows peeking. The problem that we have in churches today is that so many want to turn the deaf ear and the blind eye. But we can’t do that! So let’s be a partaker of Gods work, not other men’s sin.