Who is the Immoral Brother?

1 Corinthians 5

1It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father's wife.
So is that his step mother? Certainly not his own mom! But that would be true, not even pagans are that twisted.

2And you are proud! Shouldn't you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this?
Why would they be proud? The young man got the step mom? His own mother? That is seriously perverted to be proud of that and to do that. Who, other then the conqueror of the step mom, would be "Proud" of that?

3Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. 4When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature[a] may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
So, this guy will be saved? He actually will get worse, I would think if he is just then gonna be handed over to Satan right? So God will forgive him down the road even though he is going to go even deeper with the Devil then sleeping with his fathers wife, let's keep hoping that means Step mother.

6Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? 7Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
Again, he tells them about the boasting. That is so strange that they would be boasting about someone doing this. Maybe he was a celebrity or the step mom was beautiful and the father was a jerk and the church felt 'good for you, she deserves better then him', still sounds like a crazy thing to boast about.

8Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.
So the yeast is the wickedness and malice and these people seem to be all about those two things. That is what is eating them up more then the immoral brother himself-eating it's way through the whole batch of dough.

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.

Ok, to me this just says it all. I mean, look at every adjective- sexually immoral, greedy, idolater, slanderer, drunkard, swindler, That is pretty much everyone at one time or another. Paul is saying if someone is still doing these things don't even eat with the guy. If he is in the practice of these sins expel him don't celebrate him. So, all the people "boasting" are talking about this right? I mean how else do you boast? Wouldn't that fall under slander? Or more so idolater because they seem to be putting them up on pedestal, thinking they were worth boasting about. I could be reaching here but it seems these boasters fall into the "really enjoying someon else's sin" arena.

12What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you."
The bottom line is get rid of all that greed, idolitry, slander, drunkedness, swindling. That man, the man we all once were expel him! Don't boast about him.

I think Paul is speaking to the first person in the second person. The boaster is the sexually immoral man. He is also the swindler, idolater, drunk, greedy slanderer. But praise God! We get turned over to Satan so that our souls will be saved on the day of the Lord! We have all been there. Sin got the best of us. Satan was having his way and it was so ugly. We boasted for a season "look what I got away with" but then the ugly face of evil showed itself and brought in pain, heartache, consequences, repentance and then restoration. I'll say it again, praise God we get turned over. Only then can the sin that is already in our hearts surface. Then when Satan is reeking havoc on our lives, we can really see how ugly our flesh is. What if we never got turned over? What if that addiction was always rewarding, never came with a cost? Wouldn't we think it was "ok" with God, and wasn't a sin?

I may be really reaching but I just get so ticked at the "spiritual" using these versus to justify "expelling" believers who are in sin. I have heard of way to many that were expelled on the same night they were confronted. No help, no love or trying to restore, just "your out'a here". And even though that was evil judgmentalism, These fallen believers were handed over to their sin and it got really really ugly, then they saw the mercy of the lord. So, it is all good for those who love Him, even when the devil and the Pharisees think they have won,Jesus actually has.


Chris Jarrell said…
God always allows restoration. It is always the mercy and forgiveness of the Lord that allows someone to be restored back to wholeness. But along with restoration there does need to be repentance. God can and will restore a person who is broken before Him. It drives me crazy when I hear of churches kick someone out of "their church" because of sin and failure. Anyways, take care and God bless...

Chris J.
Robin said…
I agree with your analysis CT, but there does come a time when some people who have 'worn out their fellow believers' by using up their love, time money, etc., need to move to a new fellowship. The change of scenery is good for all involved. This happened to us with a good friend's husband about 4 or 5 years ago. He was a drug addict who would 'come clean' only to find out no he did not come clean. After several years of living this lie and confrontations by those who love and care about the brother his wife decided to leave him. He moved out of state and finally did come clean after a lot of hard, gut wrenching reality/work. He lost his wife and son but he reagained his life and relationship with God.No one kicked him out, but God, I believe had to 'shake up' his life dramatically in order to wake him up. I love the pics of little Ms. E getting baptised. Also, the van door coffee story - I can see it like I ws there.
Tell Dean and the kids hello.
Anonymous said…
God's love is shown through his people. I would hope my friends( Christian or not)would be able to come to me when they are in need or struggling with whatever sin in their life. Honestly, I think that most of the time we are so busy dealing with our own problems that we don't want to deal with the problems of others.

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