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“Put Away From Yourselves” (1 Cor 5)
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For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.” (vs12-13)

We put evil people out of the church, not the sinners who come to hear the gospel, but the wicked people who claim Christ but live in rebellion, fornication, and sin without repentance. The problem isn’t the brother who says, “I have fallen. I repent”: the problem is the so-called Christian who defames the character of Jesus Christ, saying that grace doesn’t make us holy. The gospel declares us new creations by the work of Christ, and we must receive this in the sincerity of the truth. He says, “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (vs7-8). He did not die to leave us chained to sin but to give us real deliverance.

Many say, “Christ would never put anyone out”, but do you not read the law, which says, “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have chastened him, will not heed them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city, to the gate of his city. And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear” (Deut 21:18-21)? It is the same with Christ. If we won’t heed His counsel to repent, and if we won’t trust Him to cleanse us, then we must be put out of the assembly, lest others learn to blaspheme also. He told the woman at the well to go get her husband, revealing that she was an adulterer, but He didn’t leave her that way. She was transformed into a witness for Christ, testifying of His saving power. He says, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Do you see Him with the woman taken in adultery? He said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more”, and the gospel never leaves us as fornicators, drunks, and in need of any other power (John 8:11). Yes, believers sin, but we trust the Lord Jesus, and He rescues us. In the Old Testament, if a woman cried out while being raped, she was blameless, and if we cry out to Christ for deliverance, it will not be in vain (Deut 22:23-27). The blood that forgives also cleanses; it’s earned God’s power and His approval. Therefore, Paul says, “I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with fornicators. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners [take things by force], or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner – not even to eat with such a person” (1 Cor 5:9-11).

This isn’t harsh. This delivers men to Satan by separating them from the church, so they can repent, having seen the misery of their isolation. Paul says, “deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (vs5). This happened in 2 Corinthians 2, when the man guilty of fornication returned to confess Christ in sincerity and was received with open arms. This also happened in our church, when a fornicating member refused to repent, was asked to leave, and returned a year later, not confessing salvation but sinfulness and coming to listen. Eventually, they were RE-BAPTISED and now their character shows the reality of their confession. This is the purpose: it is to help the fallen by discipline, and it preserves the integrity of Christ, lest He leave the assembly because we cater to sin.

Paul is not preaching a self-righteous, cruel examination of others, but when we see saints in sin, LOVE persuades them to stop. If that doesn’t work, then we bring another person with us, and if they won’t hear you both, then bring it before the church. Our Lord says, “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault etween you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector” (Matt 18:15-17). A parent doesn’t love their child by allowing them to do anything. Eventually, if there is violence, disrespect, or belligerence that refuses to be controlled, he must be expelled from the home, and it is the same with the church. We must be willing to put people out for their good and for the glory of the gospel, whether it does them any good or not. We must know that grace has a standard and hold it up high, so that we can attain to what’s ours in Christ.

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