“I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (KJV)
We hear much about love. “God is love” we hear; and we forget that there are things God hates. Yes! God is love. We are not to love “Love” but God. The Corinthian Christians above loved the fact that they were loving a man who was in an adulterous life with his “Father’s wife”; and doing nothing about it.
Paul says they are to separate from him, “Not to keep company” and this is with one who calls themselves a “Brother”. “With such an one no not to eat.” How are folks who are wrapped up by sin going to get back into fellowship with God if they are not confronted about their sin.
Yes! We all have sin we must deal with. The case above is one that was not dealing with it. Sin in the Church will bring God’s judgment upon it. Deal with it.
-Tim A. Blankenship