Summary: 6 of 7. Paul admonished the Corinthian church because they had allowed/accommodated heinous sin in their midst. The church must not tolerate/accommodate sin in their midst. But How are they to act against such? Sin Accommodating Churches skirt...
SIN ACCOMODATING CHURCHES-VI—1Cor. 5:1-13
Everglades City, FL is located in Collier County on the Gulf of Mexico in the ten-thousand-island region of southwestern peninsular Florida. The town was known as a way-point for the illegal drug trade, given its isolation & proximity to Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, etc.
Surely those who owned the marina(s) in town had to have at least suspected & probably had some knowledge about the illegal drug content of some of the boats arriving.
And so the drug trade blossomed.
*Dance around rather than approaching an object.
Many thousands(millions?) of people die every day. Many if not most of these die without Jesus. How many of them die in Franklin County without Jesus? How many of them die in Carrabelle without Jesus?
Have we made sure that they have heard the truth?...that truth is not muddled by the world & our apathy, inattention, distractions?
Similarly, The Church proper is populated by Christians, all of the same heritage...they are brothers & sisters by the blood of Jesus. None of them are Christian sympathizers, they are actual Christians!
However, the sympathizers are readily invited to witness & be involved with the true Christian work but only to a limited extent...
1)The church works so closely with the world, & that...
2)We cannot ultimately determine the reality of anyone’s salvation(only God can per 1Cor. 4-5) & that...
3)We minister with those who consider themselves ‘saved,’ the church can inadvertently & ignorantly become party to worldliness.
4)Our hearts can deceive us so that we think we are doing God service when in fact we are undermining the Kingdom(Jer. 17:9-10; Jn. 16:2-3)!
Such a hodge-podge can invite a label of ‘hypocrisy’ upon the Church among outsiders, who lump all so-called ‘Christians’ together, assuming everyone who claims the name ‘Christian’ is the ‘real-deal’...
Such a hodge-podge can also invite a label of ‘hypocrisy’ upon the Church from insiders, who impose legalism upon the Church in order to ‘weed out’ sympathizers from the ‘real deal’!
Paul admonished(called out) the Corinthian church because they had allowed/accommodated heinous sin in their midst.
The church must not accommodate sin in their midst.
*How can the true church effectively act against sin in their midst?
When does a church accommodate sin?
9 deficiencies of sin accommodating churches.
We had previously visited the fact that,
Sin Accommodating Churches skirt/deny...
3. God’s PRESENCE(:3)
4. AVAILABLE ARSENAL/Weaponry(:4)
5. CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY(:5)—See #10 :13
6. DAMAGE POTENTIAL(:6)
8—Sin Accommodating churches skirt/deny...
:9—“I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.”
Paul had written in this or another letter. Here he references that authority employed to adjust behavior. The Christians at Corinth are “not to keep company with sexually immoral people.” This direction regards relationships within the church as :10 & :11 make plain. Such interrelationships encompassing the world are to be undertaken in a different light.
Those within the church who indulge “sexual immoralities” are to be considered unworthy of the church’s “company.” Therefore they are to be openly ‘shunned’ by the church.
“Wrote”—grafw—) To write, with reference to the form of the letters; 2) To write, with reference to the contents of the writing; 3) To fill with writing; 4) To draw up in writing, compose. Strong—a primary verb; To “grave”, especially--To write; figuratively--To describe.
“Epistle”—epistolh—1) A letter, epistle. Strong—A written message.
“Keep company with/Company with/Associate with”(See :11)—sunanamignumi—1) To mix up together; 2) To keep company with, be intimate with one. Strong—To mix up together, i.e. figuratively--Associate with. Used 3X.
From—sun—With or together—&—ana—properly--Up; but (by extension) used distributively--Severally, or locally--At(etc.)—&—mignumi—a primary verb; To mix. Thayer—Such a mixture as merely blending or intermingling of them promiscuously, as in a mechanical mixture.
“Sexually immoral people/Fornicators/Immoral people”(See :1—porneia; :10, 11)—pornov—Noun Masc.—1) A man who prostitutes his body to another's lust for hire; 2) A male prostitute; 3) A man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, a fornicator. Strong—from pernhmi(to sell; akin to the base of pipraskw[to traffic]); A (male)prostitute(as venal--susceptible to bribery), i.e. by analogy--A debauchee(libertine). Used 10X.
**Ps. 1:1-6—“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day & night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”