But I am writing 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. 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 person from among you. – 1 Cor 5:6
God gives a hard message sometimes. We are supposed to judge those in the Church with loving scrutiny and if they refuse to repent we are to give them up to the Devil so that they may understand and turn back to the Lord. Matt 18 deals with Church discipline and how we are to lovingly conduct a rebuke of our brothers and sisters. However, if that fails they are to be thrown out so that they may be saved.
Yet in the Church today, we have become so tolerant of sin. We have become tolerant of so many types of behaviors and we excuse them out of love. Really what we don’t want is someone to leave and find a new Church home. We are scared our numbers will drop and worse yet our tithe will drop. We have become so afraid of people that we fail to follow the will of the Lord.
It is time that we, as the Church repent and turn back to God’s way of discipline. It allows all the chances in the world to repent and turn away from our wickedness. We must not tolerate sin in the Church, it is what causes division and the Devil to have a foothold inside our congregations. Let us turn to he instruction of Christ, lest we be thrown out.
In the end, it is not about being better than someone, it is about lovingly turning them to the Lord’s will and way. We then must also be open to the same rebuke when we are found in sin ourselves. We must not get defensive but listen. That is why it is good to have a good accountability partner that will hold you in check, not afraid to give you the riot act when necessary that we may prevent backsliding and able to give the full glory to God.