WHO’S IN THE PEW?
1 Corinthians 5:4-8
1Co 5:4 My judgment is this: In the name of the Lord Jesus, after you have been assembled and per approval of my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
1Co 5:5 to hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, in order that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
1Co 5:6 Your arrogance in this matter is not good. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole product?
1Co 5:7 Thoroughly cleanse out the old yeast, so that you may be a new product, because you are unleavened. Since Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed,
1Co 5:8 so that we can celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of evil and wickedness, but with the unleavened product of purity and truth.
insulting the Lamb
In Corinth, a professing believer is having an affair with his stepmother. The other believers know about it, but they are bragging about their toleration, rather than disciplining the man. Paul has already passed judgment as the founding missionary, so he instructs the congregation to get together and formally expel the offender. His life of sin while he professes to be a believer is like yeast, which defiles the Passover bread, making it impossible to celebrate the feast.
The church is an open family of believers, and we must be tolerant of all kinds of differences among us. But we cannot afford to be tolerant of those claiming to be believers who live lives of blatant sin. Our responsibility in such matters is clear. Bragging about extending “grace” to those who profess faith, but have immoral lifestyles is an insult to Christ himself.
LORD, give us the courage to keep our fellowships free from hypocrisy and immorality.