Deuteronomy 23-25…Assembly exclusion and miscellaneous laws.
We see the manifold wisdom of God playing out in community in Deuteronomy 23. In verses 7-8 we see this:
“You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother. You shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you were a sojourner in his land. 8 Children born to them in the third generation may enter the assembly of the Lord.”
This is what Paul is talking about in Ephesians 3:10-11 as well. The beauty of the church is that God has called us all to be holy and to love Him in a particular Christian community. In the local church our love for Him will be reflected in the way we love others, especially those who aren’t like us. The corporate witness of a spiritually healthy local church is very powerful, and the world will see God’s glory in the unity, love, and holiness of such a body. Conversely, churches that aren’t careful and intentional about who is claiming to be saved will confuse unbelievers. When a local church looks no different than the world, she lies about Christ, both in word and in deed.