“But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater of a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. ‘Expel the wicked man from among you’.”
1 Cor 5:11-13
I am speaking from my own experience.
Do you think I am angry?
I am speaking about a lack of integrity.
Let me explain.
In simple English, this is someone within the church who calls themselves a Christian. In biblical Greek, the word is defined as “a community based on identity of origin of life.” This community is the church - those of us who identify with new life in Christ and have formed a community of believers based on the saving work of Jesus at the cross. The term does not refer to only males.
In simple English this refers to any sexual activity outside of a marriage between one man and one woman and it’s design for procreation. The bible defines sexual immorality as both innuendo and explicit sexual content in all forms of media, lust, perving, rape, fantasising dressing provocatively, sensually or immodestly, homosexuality, beastiality, pedophilia, fondling or flirting with any one other than your spouse, incest, adultery, having an affair, or speaking about sex in a way that does not honor it as a sacred thing between a man and a woman. . Loving fidelity where both husband and wife are honored, cherished and respected would be the opposite.
In simple English this refers to lust, unjust gain, coveting, desiring to have more in a cruel and grasping sense, ,money loving, or also the inverse to be miserly and stinting. It comes from a root of discontentment, grumbling and dissatisfaction. Gratitude and contentment would be opposites.
Idolatry includes both sexual immorality and greed along with worshiping other religions, any kind of impurity, obscenity, foolish talk and coarse joking. At it’s root it is a complete lack of submission to the authority of the Word of God.
To slander someone is to accuse them falsely, thus stirring up trouble. The Devil is said to be a false accuser.
To become intoxicated, usually with alcohol.
In simple English, this is extortion, blackmailing, theft, plundering and or robbery.
My Two Sins: A ConfessionI have two sins to confess publicly.
Why was no-one called to account?
How many others did we lead astray because we weren’t disciplined?
Why did they only look at our natural giftings and not our hearts when appointing leaders?
Why did they not know our hearts?
So many lost years.
Where were the Shepherds?
Do our churches need to be way, way smaller so that true shepherding relationships are formed?
Do we actually need to start practicing this principle of church excommunication and rebuke?
Do we actually need to get back to the basics of what is and isn’t sin?
Because I then continued to have friendships with people who did these sins. We did hospitality together. We did Holy Communion together. We did church luncheons together. We did church picnics together. We did fellowship together. As a Woman and Mother, I regularly invited these church people into my home.
I didn’t walk away.
I didn’t set up a boundary.
I didn’t call them to account either.
I left that to the Shepherds.
“But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater of a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.”
‘Must not” is a strong term.
‘Do not’ is a strong term.
“I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” Jn 15:1,2