TUESDAY January 2, 2018
Separate from Believer in Sin
I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. - 1 Corinthians 5:10
As we now return to 1 Corinthians 5, Paul addressed the problem of sexual immorality. He was not speaking to people in the world––the Gentiles; he was speaking to the Church!Paul wrote to the Corinthians because they showed no shame or guilt. Everybody continued life as if the sexual immorality was acceptable. That was why Paul instructed the believers not to fellowship with such a person. They should not eat with them. Why? So they would repent.
If you look at the Church today, there is still a big problem with sexual impurity. If a person continues to play on the idea that they can get away with sexual sin, then they are in trouble. The lustful thoughts in their mind and heart will be acted out.
When a believer sins, immediately the Holy Spirit convicts them and they should repent. The Word of God should also bring conviction to their lives. Otherwise the Word of God is not being effective in their lives. They are just reading––to read. What I do not understand is, as a child of God, how can someone continue in sin and not feel conviction and guilt?
If you fellowship with a believer in sexual sin, you are approving of that person. It is as if you are saying it is alright to be with them. You allow the sin to continue when you should turn them over to Satan for the destruction of their flesh. The Bible is very clear. Nothing has changed.
It is incredible how people try to hide their sin. But when they get caught; they have to reap the consequences of being in sin.People need to draw the line in the sand––they should not compromise their purity.
God requires an inward purity as well as an outward performance.
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