Thursday, March 01, 2007

1 Corinthians 5:9-11

9I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

Two things are interesting to me in this passage: (1) Paul is reiterating the view of Jesus that we are to live in the world and minister to the world but not to be of the world and (2) that Paul calls Christians to not associate with those who “call” themselves Christians yet are characterized by living in sin. The danger is the false Christian who has not surrendered their life to Christ and is causing confusion and temptation within the church.

Here is some commentary from that gets right down to the point of this passage: “Christians are to avoid familiar converse with all who disgrace the Christian name. Such are only fit companions for their brethren in sin, and to such company they should be left, whenever it is possible to do so. Alas, that there are many called Christians, whose conversation is more dangerous than that of heathens!”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

where's the prayer part? are you asking us to take a s.i. without the 'p.'?