I agree...The Corinthians were zealous to serve the Lord and to grow (from what it seems in Scripture). They didn't seem apathetic, lukewarm, sinfully rebellious or in a lifestyle of unrepentant sin. Misguided, yes.I agree with you, Jon. Many -- perhaps most -- of the new Christians I have known are quite literally on fire for the Lord. Many of you know that Barry and I are involved with the Gospel Rescue Mission here -- he with the men and me with the women. We have been privileged to see an awful lot of newly-born Christians through the years. They have seen and lived the results of sin and the one thing they are not is complacent. For almost all of them, they want nothing to do with their old lifestyles. Our job is to disciple them -- to walk alongside and pray with them and encourage them. But the one thing all of them know is to leave the old life behind. They are not often sure about how to live the new life, but they all want it and want to learn. Their hearts are changed.
These people know what the depths are like. They are willing to exercise their spiritual muscles to they can walk to the heights, following our Lord in obedience and service to others. It is so vastly different from the 'normal' folk who are sort of talked into saying the 'sinner's prayer' or turn to the Lord in a quick moment of emotion. Watching them, working with them, being with them has humbled me so much. It is from them, if no one else, I have learned that once a person is saved -- really redeemed -- that person is changed. And those changes will show.