Text: 1 Corinthians 5 (2 Samuel 5-6)
1 Corinthians 5 contains one of the more difficult teachings for us in the church. There is a fellow in the church at Corinth claiming to be a follower of Jesus while living in a sinful relationship. Such a thing does not make sense at all. To follow Jesus is to obey Him – to sin is to disobey. No one can have it both ways. The remedy offered is to expel the sinful brother. This goes against or sensibilities of grace, forgiveness and love, but it is commanded nonetheless. The foundation for such a thing is this:
For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”
Basically, we are never to judge the sinners “out there” – outside of the church. But inside the church, as we are called to holiness, it is actually required that we judge one another. Is this a double standard? Indeed it is. People outside of God’s household sin because it is their nature. But inside the family, people sin because it is their choice. It is up to us to help one another repent and sin no more. Even if it gets awkward.
in Him, Mike