WHAT BLATANT SINS ARE WE TOLERATING?
1 Corinthians 5:1-3
1Co 5:1 It is actually being heard that there is sexual sin among you, and such extreme sexual sin that is not even tolerated even among the Gentiles, because a man is having sex with his father’s wife.
1Co 5:2 And you are being arrogant about it! Should you not rather have mourned, so that he who has done this would have been expelled from among you?
1Co 5:3 Because I, even though absent in body, am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who has been doing such a thing.
A sexual sin (porneia) is being committed by one of the members of a Christian fellowship in Corinth. He is having sex with his stepmother. The other members know about it. They are not in anguish over it. In fact, it seems that they are showing off their toleration of such a thing, as if it somehow makes them more Christian to allow this sin within their ranks. Meanwhile, Paul is incensed. He had no need to even deliberate over this. He told the Corinthians that they should mourn this person’s presence as a death, and immediately expel him from their ranks. There is no room in a Christian church for blatant rebellion against Christ, and that is what a wilful sin lifestyle is.
LORD, wake us up to what our rebellion means to you. Purge us of our prideful toleration of sin.