1 Corinthians 5:2 | July 29

1 Corinthians 5:2 (KJV 1900)

And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

There is an illicit sexual encounter going on in the church of Corinth.  A certain man is committing fornication with his father’s wife, and the church doesn’t care.

And ye are puffed up.  The church is actually proud of it.  Paul does not say how they are puffed up or why, for that matter.  Nonetheless, they have an attitude of pride.  Paul says you’re proud and have not rather mourned.  

Today there is little mourning over sin:  We have become jaded, everyone is doing it. What is the big deal?  Maybe that is the attitude this church had? We should mourn over sin.  It is destructive and tears men, women, families, and churches apart.

Really what should have happened was that the man who hath done the deed might be taken away from among them.  Paul often teaches in his letters that when a man is living in unconfessed, blatantly immoral sin, we are to withdraw our Christian fellowship from him (1 Corinthians 5:11 and 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14).

The difficulty is in knowing what that means in real life?  Could it mean we are not to serve with that person in the church, or take communion with that person, or not continue fellowshipping with him as if nothing is wrong?  It is hard to say, and as we will see, some of Paul’s comments in the succeeding verses are even more difficult to grasp

Paul also says in other passages to restore that kind of individual.  The message of the gospel overrides any loss of fellowship one who is living in sin may experience.

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