1 Corinthians 15:33 – Don`t be deceived! "Bad company corrupts good character."
When the Bible says ‘don’t be deceived’ it’s a good time to sit up and listen – because the chances are that WE (yes even us) could be tricked in this area!
There are four places in the NT where the phrase ‘don’t be deceived’ is used:
*The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9)
*Bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33)
*Whatever a man sows, that he reaps (Galatians 6:7)
*Temptation leads to lust which leads to sin and brings forth death (James 1:15-16).
Interesting isn’t it?
The word company here is different to that of fellowship. It comes from a root word meaning ‘a crowd’ or ‘multitude’. As Christians we are called to walk according to the narrow way – it’s a lonely and difficult walk. The word ‘corrupt’ means to be destroyed or spoiled. 2 Corinthians 11:3 shows that the serpent achieved his end – which was that their minds were ‘corrupted from the simplicity that is toward Christ’.
The word good character – refers actually to good customs – moral habits and manners. How often have we found that when we start to hang out among a crowd of people who act a particular way, then we start to act that way too?
So simply put, this verse says, if you hang out with a depraved and evil crowd of people, the good customs and habits that you possess will be ruined. It’s BECAUSE we think that we’ll be OK – we think we’re the exception – that’s why Paul puts such great emphasis on this! Don’t be deceived! Watch your companionships!