1 Cor 5:9 In my [Paul] other letter I told you not to have anything to do with immoral people. 10 But I wasn’t talking about the people of this world. You would have to leave this world to get away from everyone who is immoral or greedy or who cheats or worships idols. 11 I was talking about your own people who are immoral or greedy or worship idols or curse others or get drunk or cheat. Don’t even eat with them! 12 Why should I judge outsiders? Aren’t we supposed to judge only church members? 13 God judges everyone else. The Scriptures say, “Chase away any of your own people who are evil.”
Here are some principles to understand from chapter 5 as Paul writes to the church in Corinth:
1. Christians are to save our judgement for people inside our church body, and walk alongside those who are
outside of the church living in sin.
2. Christians are to be so involved in the lives of people in our church body that we can call one another to
transformation in Christ through accountability and authentic humility.
3. The church needs to pray for forgiveness when we condemn a world that is already condemned by God and turn a
blind eye to sins of those in our church community (or actually boast in the freedom we have in Christ to sin and
then be forgiven??).
Here are some things to think about from 1 Corinthians 5:
There is no sense in condemning the world if we church goers are practicing the same greed, loving the same gods, telling the same dirty stories, getting drunk on the same hard liquors, do business the same sleazy way, and sleeping around with the same people. I hope and pray that we are all a part of church communities where people are being changed, looking more like Christ, and sharing those stories so that the world can see the difference Christ is making in our lives. (Someone yell out Romans 12:1-2)
I want to share thoughts, insights, and scriptures that lead us in the direction of Christ.