Corinth, We Have a Problem Chapters 5-6
V. 1-2) Here we have a situation that Paul shows his utter disgust for. There is a son who is with his step mother and the church isn’t addressing it. You know its bad when Paul says “The Gentiles (non-believers) don’t even do that!” “But Chap, that’s none of their business.” If you see someone struggling wouldn’t you go help them? Or if they were doing wrong and possibly didn’t know better wouldn’t you want to teach them the right way? We are supposed to be our brother’s keeper. We’re supposed to bear one another’s burdens. Galatians 6:1-2 “1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Earlier in the book we learned that the Corinthians had become prideful. That pride led them to being insensitive to sin. Their filth had become the norm because they weren’t doing anything about it.
V. 3-4) Paul was telling the Corinthians, “Hey listen, just because I’m not there physically, doesn’t mean you guys stop living the Gospel that I’ve taught you.” Paul talked about unity earlier in the book and he continues that urgency of unity here again.
V. 5) Paul has been briefed on the situation. We know that nobody has addressed it. Because of the seriousness of the incident, and by the sounds of it, Paul comes to the conclusion that this man needs to be removed from the church until “the flesh is destroyed”. By the sounds of it, this is something that this brother does not want to give up. Paul hopes that Satan will be so much of a burden for him that he will turn back to God.
V. 6-8) What Paul is saying is that sin is a poison. It spreads to other areas of the individual life and in this case, other parts of the church. Sin has to be kept out otherwise the whole church will become corrupt. That’s not to say that people in church are perfect. We know we are far from it, but we cannot just blindly ignore ongoing sin in the church. It needs to be addressed and taken care of properly.
V. 9-11) What Paul is saying here is not to disassociate with all sinners, because if we did, we wouldn’t be able to hang out with anyone in this world. What he is saying is that if someone calls themselves a Christian and they’re continually living in sin, dont hang out with that person, especially if they don’t want to be corrected. Bad company corrupts good morals.
V. 12-13) Paul is basically saying here that you can’t hold a non-believer to the same standard as a believer. It would be like me talking to atheists about what the Bible says how they should live their life. They don’t care what the Bible says because they don’t live by it. Another example is that if a Muslim walked up to you and said the Qua-ran says this and this. You should live by it and do what it says. We as Christians don’t hold that book in authority so why would we listen to it?
V. 1) The Corinthians were taking their church problems to the secular courts. Paul was telling them that they needed to be taken in front of the church leadership.