“When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-11
Paul had previously written to them and had condemned these sins. Corinth was a city given over to immorality. There were a thousand priestesses at the temple of Venus or Aphrodite who were nothing more than prostitutes. The whole city was given over to this immorality in the name of religion. Here they were allowing this man into their fellowship and to eat with them. They patted him on the back and accepted him as one of their own when they knew he was living in sin. The church thought they could drop down to the level of the world. Paul was not saying that the people in the church were to leave the world. Paul never meant that; he would never have recommended a kind of Christianity which withdrew from the world; to him it was something that had to be lived out in the world. “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.” (Matthew 5:13) What good is the church if the church allows sin to be in the church? When the church is like the world, where is the church’s witness for the lost-world. I was saved out of the nightclub, the drinking and partying. I have a real problem with the music that is in some churches today. It is the music that I left when I decided to follow Jesus. Our churches are losing its purity. A pure church has the power of God. Without this power in the church how can we win the world?