11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
The city of Corinth was a wealthy cosmopolitan center, becoming the commercial and economic hub of Greece. Corinth wasn’t only known by its wealth, but also for its immorality and perverse environment. As the church of Corinth is established, Paul hears from them, as the leaders seek Paul’s wisdom on several issues and questions the church had.
In Chapter 5 Paul talks about a specific reported case of sexual immorality in the church. He calls out the response of the church as one that is proud of it, instead of addressing it and bringing correction.
It’s in this context that Paul urges believers to not associate with those who professed to be Christians, and part of the church, and yet engaged in all kinds of sinful behavior.
Corrupt principles and examples, if not corrected and held accountable from within, hurt the whole church.
1 Corinthians 5:6,7 “Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”
“Everyone says they want community and friendship, but when that means accountability or commitment, people run the other way” – Tim Keller
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Ask – “What is the Holy Spirit saying to me through these verses?” “What or who do they prompt me to pray for?” This could be a personal prayer for you, a prayer for loved ones, or an intercession for our world