Is your church serious about sin or allowing serious sin inside the church?
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 5:11-13 KJV)
These scripture verses focus upon a problem of sin in the church. Sadly, Paul is not pointing out flagrant sins in the lives of mankind who are living as lost people in this world; but rather pointing out flagrant sin in professing Christians who are both serving God and also harboring great sin.
Paul is pointing his finger towards the seriousness of this situation brewing and declaring judgment must come first to the house of God in the local church, concerning sin which is large and ominous requiring immediate attention of leaders and fellow members.
Paul goes to the length of saying other members should not even eat or have further fellowship with a member who is consumed with such grievous sin:
“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…”
Paul says those who are in close fellowship with God and their brothers and sisters in Christ in the church cannot standby or accept flagrant sin from any member who chooses to live in enmity to the things of God while at the same time professing a personal relationship with God out of the other side of their mouth.
Paul says in 1st Peter: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:…”
The bottom line is individuals who are double talking and living spiritually perilously cannot be included in fellowship of a biblically based New Testament church.
However, many churches can be slow in judging and dealing with serious sin inside their church often allowing situations to continue until the whole congregation is infected with severe spiritual maladies and God’s spirit has left the church making the church pointless and powerless for furthering the things of God.