1 Corinthians 5:1-13 - Sin In The Church.

1 Corinthians 5:1-13 - Sin In The Church.

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (NLT) When I wrote to you before, I told 
you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I 
wasn't talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are 
greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this 
world to avoid people like that. 11 I meant that you are not to 
associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual 
sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a 
drunkard, or cheats people. Don't even eat with such people. 12 It isn't 
my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your 
responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13 God will 
judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, "You must 
remove the evil person from among you."  

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (CWR) I wrote to you previously, reminding 
you not to socialize with believers who blatantly continue to live 
in open sin or it will look like you approve of what they're doing. 
10 I'm not talking about nonbelievers, because if you want to stay 
away from adulterers, crooks, greedy people or those who worship 
false gods, then you'd better live on another planet. 11 When I wrote 
you before, I advised you not to socialize with anyone who calls 
himself a believer but is known to be immoral, greedy, an idol 
worshiper, a slanderer, a drunkard or a cheater. Don't keep inviting him to 
your house, or your neighbors will get the idea that it's all right 
for Christians to do such things. 12 It is none of our business to 
judge those who are not believers, but as a church, we do have a 
responsibility to discipline our own. 13 God will judge those outside the 
church, but you're responsible for disciplining members who are openly 
disgracing Christ.  

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (MSG) I wrote you in my earlier letter that 
you shouldn't make yourselves at home among the sexually 
promiscuous. 10 I didn't mean that you should have nothing at all to do with 
outsiders of that sort. Or with crooks, whether blue- or white-collar. Or 
with spiritual phonies, for that matter. You'd have to leave the 
world entirely to do that! 11 But I am saying that you shouldn't act 
as if everything is just fine when one of your Christian companions 
is promiscuous or crooked, is flip with God or rude to friends, 
gets drunk or becomes greedy and predatory. You can't just go along 
with this, treating it as acceptable behavior. 12 I'm not responsible 
for what the outsiders do, but don't we have some responsibility for 
those within our community of believers? 13 God decides on the 
outsiders, but we need to decide when our brothers and sisters are out of 
line and, if necessary, clean house. 

These verses are instructions for dealing with open sin in the 
church, with a person who claims to be a Christian and yet who sins 
without remorse. The church is to confront and discipline such a person 
in love. [Life Application SB] 

The church has power to discipline its own members, but it has 
no power to control nonmembers. Paul made it clear that it was the 
duty of the church in Corinth to use its authority to deal 
effectively with the openly and defiantly erring member. [SDA Bible 

Allowing public sin to exist in the church affects all its 
members. Paul did not expect anyone to be sinless--all believers struggle 
with sin daily. Instead, he was speaking against those who 
deliberately sin, feel no guilt, and refuse to repent. This kind of sin 
cannot be tolerated in the church because it affects others. Yeast 
makes bread dough rise. A little bit affects the whole batch. Blatant 
sins, left uncorrected, confuse and divide the congregation. [The One 
Year Bible Companion re 1Co. 5:6] 

   The Corinthian believers had refused to deal with a specific, 
blatant sin in the church. The church was ignoring a situation most knew 
about, and Paul said the church had a responsibility to uphold God's 
   Paul's instructions are specifically for dealing with blatant 
sin by a person who claims to be a Christian. Paul does not support 
disciplining or even judging those who are not believers. And not every sin 
deserves church discipline. Paul does not expect anyone to be sinless - 
every believer struggles with sin daily. Rather, Paul is instructing 
the church regarding people who deliberately sin, feel no guilt, and 
refuse to repent. Such obvious sins, left uncorrected, confuse and 
divide the congregation because the church is not practicing what it 
   For many, the prospect of church discipline is filled with 
confusion and anxiety. The idea of punishing a fellow believer grates 
against many people's inclinations. Most churches simply avoid such 
confrontation. But just as parents punish their children to correct, restore, 
and guide them, a church should discipline believers with the goal 
of freeing them from sin and keeping them in the community. And 
just like parents, a church should discipline believers in the 
context of committed acceptance and love. [One Year NLT SB re 1 Cor. 
5:1, 2, 11, 12] 

Whereas God judges those who are not a part of the church, He 
has delegated responsibility to the church to exercise its own 
discipline. Ban or excommunication is the method of discipline, provided the 
attempts described in Matthew 18:15-17 have been executed first. The ban 
should be the decree of the whole church together (v. 4). A study of 
the N.T. reveals a number of habitual, visible unrepentant acts 
which clearly call for church discipline: (1) sexual immorality, (2) 
covetousness, (3) idolatry, (4) reviling, (5) drunkenness, (6) extortion (1 
Cor. 5:11), (7) disorderliness/laziness (2 Thess. 3:6-12), (8) false 
teaching (1 Tim. 1:18-20), (9) divisiveness (Titus 3:10, 11). [Believer's 

   The phrase "damage control" is used frequently in political 
circles, referring to limiting negative press coverage following a 
potentially damaging act or statement by a politician. The phrase could, 
however, easily be applied in a number of other areas. Take sex, for 
instance. Sex is a wonderful expression of love between a husband and 
wife. It is an experience that strengthens and builds the marriage 
relationship. Why would damage control be needed in this area?  
   Paul addresses this topic in his first letter to the 
Corinthians, warning them to avoid sex outside of marriage. Ignoring this 
warning today is not only spiritually harmful, but it can be physically 
deadly. It is important to stop the damage before it begins. As you read 
this passage, note the seriousness and intensity of Paul's teaching, 
and determine not to let sexual sin devastate your life.  
   The hissing doubt of the world says that the Bible's 
restrictions only keep us from harmless pleasures. The world downplays the 
risks and plays up the pleasures, making exceptions and excuses.  
   Spare yourself some grief, and keep in mind the damage that 
sexual sin can do. It hurts God because it defies the guidelines that 
he so lovingly gave us. It hurts others because it breaks the 
commitment necessary to a relationship. And it deeply affects our  
personalities, which respond in anguish when we harm ourselves physically and 
spiritually. The destruction caused by sexual sin is so great that God urges 
us to run from it (1 Corinthians 6:18).  
   Sex itself doesn't do any harm - sexual sin does. Preserve 
God's design for sex in your life, and you'll enjoy the pleasure of 
his Holy Spirit. [The One Year Through the Bible Devotional by Dave 
Veerman re 1 Cor. 5:1-6:20] 


1 Corinthians 5:9-11; Christianity in a Healthy Church: 
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http://www.itiswritten.com/television/episodes/7034 [A Better Way To Live By Shawn Boonstra] 


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