by Christina Farris
1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
10 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.
11 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.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. If faith is so important to God why is the law so important to Apostle Paul. First Paul is Jew by birth, and a Christian through faith. His moral code comes from the Old Testament. He is writing and dedicating a law according to tradition. What is wrong with sleeping with other family members and sexual relationships outside in the world. Let us go further back and remember God created Adam and Eve not Adam, Eve and Dawn. Nor did God create Steve, Adam and Eve to be a couple. Why is God's design important for relationship good for mankind not just people within the church as our laws in some places still dictate. There is even sexual laws and how to have sex in some states. Why is it effecting the legal system and people are upset by changes that taken place in the last five years or maybe even longer? The truth is if we desire ot please God we going to try and live God's way. God's way is for one man and one woman in holy union. Today you still find people desiring this type of unity as a couple. They even remain together even when things change in their life that would normal warrant a divorce by many. Couples divorce over, money, sex and capability. Those are three major reasons, i sure there is a few more. If one wanted to start with those three things, does love rule or the dividing factor of money, sex and capability. Love is a challenge when their are differences, financial problems, or there sexual issue in a relationship. Hopefully no one truly stays together for the children sake, that never really works either.
What is the issues Paul is dealing with as he writes the Corinthian church. The conditions of immorality of a group of people different then the teachings of the church world and Jewish community. A man had fornicated with his father's wife, he is a Gentile and it is sin by scripture and tradition of Old Testament. Paul says turn him over to Satan, that his spirit might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. What this is speaking is saying let this person go do not press salvation any longer, but allow the devil to cause him to cry out spiritually to God. In other words he was taught and ministered to and you did the work of God, but there is nothing else you personally can do about this situation beyond kicking the man out of the church and praying. The Corinthian church would cast him out to be tempted to be allowed to go to the pit in life, so perhaps he would repent and see the grace of God in his life.
Paul, as given instruction on how to live to the church as believers. Fornication, covetous, extortioners and idolaters, or really any form of wickedness. Now we can go a step further and realize Paul is writing the law about sin of individuals who are also disruptive to the christian body. This is not like children in school wearing things that attract attention, these are people that sin openly and try and convince others to do the same. When people are trying to change the church morally then should they be kicked from the church. It depends on if what they are teaching is Biblical. For example Homosexuality is not in anyway traditional by God's standards. Yet in Roman's we see in chapter one God turns man and woman over to that sin. Did he allow it? He allowed in, in the since he did not try and change it from being sin, nor was it acceptible sin, but it is not even correct by the Mosaic law. In America laws are made to protect all groups of people and their freedoms. Not just hetrosexuals, though the hetrosexual community would perfer to be only that way. How does the church world need to view the law of the land in the since of the church world. Several things need to be ask, is the person controlling, trying to convert people to homosexuality, or are they there to worship God and to hear God's word. Are they trying to change God's design in teaching. Can they admit that their life style by God's word is sin, so they do not promote it beyong the knowledge that this is their sin. When we allow this, it also makes all sinners do the same inside the church. One might be a drunkard, fornicator, theif, bully, and so forth. Do you get the point. I hope so, if you point a finger at homosexuals that want to worship God you better at other sin as well. Can we throw everyone out of the church that needs Christ because of sin, yes, but hyprocrits would not understand why they are cast out.
Sexual immoratily cause family divisions, sexual diseases, and more immorality behavior outside the marriage bed. What does sin of theft do, killing, rape, down right wickness? The down plague and fall of society. Sin in itself cause arguments, frustration, greed, hunger lust, and more. Wicked desire cause more sin. These things are not good for any society, nor is it good inside the church. Gossip will kill a church faster then anything, but in truth it needs to be cut off where it began first. If it can not be the correction needs to end at the next in line for the position.
Church needs to be a holy place, yet it is a place sinful people purified by the blood of Christ come to worship. The sinner needs to know he is welcome to come and learn about God's saving grace. How God can change man heart to a life of healthy living with Christ(his word) in his life. Not just the word but Jesus coming to live within the heart so we cry my Savior lives within me and cry Abba Father God. God wants get rid of sin out of our life those things that are destructive to our very nature. It is those things that do not line up for His design for man. God loves granting man his desire. He saw that Man had a need for companionship. He created woman. What does man do with woman outside the garden but only corrupts the design of one man and one woman to many wives, to different types of lovers, even perversion of animal lust. Yet it was never God's design for man to abuse his sexual design. If God can grant the desires of the heart beginning in the garden, can he not do it outside the garden if we ask as his children. Those that are not his children only see what they can do for themselves. We have a heavenly Father that will provide for our desires are needs and all we have to do is believe God and receive Christ as Savior, wait on the desire if we wait, trust and hope. Yet we may see our desires come without us realizing what it was we really were longing for.
Sin can never be advocating in the church. If it is, then begins a plague that has a end of judgment and destruction. Yet the sinner is welcome and that one's redeemed because of faith will sooner or later be corrected by God, whether in the pew or outside the church, God will correct his children. Where is your correction within or without. Trust me God desire to help his children live that life he called them to, and designed for them to live. Paul was telling the church do not allow evil in. Evil in the church may start in the pew or even the pulpit, but it will reach both sides of the situation if continued.
Dear Heavenly Father, your grace is sufficient, your design is satisfying in all aspects of our life when we submit to you. Help us to know the true desire as you complete in our life the desires that are not only holy, but purified by your design. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Deutronomy 27:20 KJV Cursed be he that lieth with his father's wife; because he uncovereth his father's skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Matthew 7:11 KJV If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?