1 Corinthians 5
(1-13) Sexual Immorality Defiles the Church
Paul rebukes the Corinthian Christians for allowing immorality to take place among them. He tells them to disassociate from the person who is guilty of this sin, so that the Lord’s church will not continue to be defiled. Just as a small amount of yeast causes an entire loaf of bread to rise, so can a small amount of sin can hurt or damage the entire church. Because of the sacrifice that Christ made for us, we must live righteously and strive to be holy just as He is holy.
We must not be afraid to engage with unbelievers involved in sin, because doing so gives us an opportunity to win them to Christ. We aren’t to judge those outside of the church; we are to love them. We must not, however, have fellowship with believers who are openly involved in sin and are unrepentant about it.
Favorite verse: (13) God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”