“It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.” 1 Corinthians 5:12-13
Paul says that he is not to judge people on the outside. That is not his business. He is to judge those inside the church. God will judge those who are on the outside. It is the business of the church to judge evil which is in the church. We see in 2 Corinthians that the man that was in sin returned to the church because of the church confronting this man’s sin. He is now back in fellowship with God. We see David when he was told about his sins he repented and God said that David was a man after His own heart. Today it takes courage to deal with sin in the church, but without dealing with the sin, the church will only be a social gathering. The people within the Church has special privileges and therefore special responsibilities. They had taken an oath to Christ and can therefore be called in question for how they keep it.
Paul comes to an end with the definite command, “you must remove the evil person form among you.” There are times when a cancer must be cut out; there are times when drastic measures must be taken to avoid infection. It is not the desire to hurt or the wish to show his power that moves Paul; it is the pastor’s desire to protect his infant Church from the ever-threatening infection of the world.
“Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
“Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” (Matthew 3:8)