1 Corinthians 5
1 Corinthians 5
*Paul admonishes the believers at Corinth for participating in grossly immoral practices (not even practiced among unbelievers) such as a man living with his father's wife.
*The believers have condoned the practices, instead of mourning them *Paul instructs the believers that even though he is not currently present, his words of rebuke stem from those of a loving father (See 1 Corinthians 4:14-16) *The person not repenting of gross immorality is "to be delivered to Satan for the destruction of this flesh, so his spirit may be saved...
*Paul reminds the Corinthians that the true Passover, Christ, died for our sins; believers are to celebrate with sincerity and truth, and not arrogantly continue in immorality *Paul instructs Corinthians to judge/remove unrepentant individuals from their gathering *He clarifies that the same standard is not meant for those who don't yet claim to follow Christ, as God will judge them
The issue of church discipline and lack of it stirs painful memories for me... I was "disfellowshipped" from a church when I was in high school because I attended a different church... In my twenties I was part of a home church where sadly, the leaders began engaging in immoral practices and encouraged the rest of us to participate... Biblical judgment within a church body is to stem from mourning actual immoral, unrepentant behavior; the bride of Christ is to remain pure. Those exercising it are to do so with humility, with the desire for eventual restoration of an individual, "Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted." Galatians 6:1 A mark of a truly Christ-following body is that they exercise church discipline modeling Paul's example.
Dear Father, you gave your Son for my sins. Thank you for your redemption! Thank you for forgiving me for living in immorality for several years after coming to know you. (They were the most miserable years of my life.) I arrogantly chose disobedience... Thank you for providing believers who encouraged me to return to you, who provided a moral compass. Thank you for pursuing me and restoring me to your fold, Jesus. You are the Good Shepherd! I love you. Thank you for Trinity Church and the elders, who model biblical church discipline. This is not easy! Please encourage them to continue in this. Amen
Posted on Wed, April 1, 2015
by Becky Pannunzio