“I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among you—something that even pagans don’t do. I am told that a man in your church is living in sin with his stepmother. You are so proud of yourselves, but you should be mourning in sorrow and shame. And you should remove this man from your fellowship.” 1 Corinthians 5:1-2
The church at Corinth was not only a divided church, but it was also a disgraced church. There was sin in the church and the church was slow to do anything about the sin. This sounds like our churches today. No church is perfect, but human imperfection must never be an excuse for sin. Jesus told us that the church should be a hospital for sinners, but He also told us that we must be holy. We cannot follow Jesus and continue to sin. We need to be mourning over sin, especially in the church. The people at Corinth was puffed up. They were proud that their church was an open-minded church. That fornicators could be members in good standing.
When a Christian brother or sister sins, it is time for the family to morn and seek to help the fallen believer. The offending brother in Corinth was dead as far as the things of the Lord were concerned. He was out of fellowship with the Lord and with those in the church who were living a separated life. Yes, we are in the world, but if we are disciples of Jesus Christ, we are not to be part of the world. Personally, I don’t want to be part of a church that accepts sin. When God saved me and filled me with the Holy Spirit, I don’t want anything to do with the sin of the world. I am not perfect and I fail, but I want God to help me so that I can grow closer to Him.
“Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.” Romans 6:19