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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Unity Series, Ch. 1: Purity, part 8

“I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not 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. But 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. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-13

Expel that wicked man from among you.

This looks like a command to break the unity.

No, the unity, fellowship, was broken when the sin occurred. He is to be removed for two reasons.

1. The acceptance of his immorality will infect the whole church.
2. So that he will repent and be saved on the day of the Lord Jesus.

Physically and spiritually, breaking fellowship with unrepentant immoral people preserves the spiritual purity of the church, the real cause of unity.

(Taken from Day & Night: Unity Series, 2003)

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