1 Corinthians 5

Church Discipline

5:1 It is actually reported that sexual immorality exists among you, the kind of immorality that is not permitted even among the Gentiles, so that someone is cohabiting with1 his father’s wife. 5:2 And you are proud!2 Shouldn’t you have been deeply sorrowful instead and removed the one who did this3 from among you? 5:3 For even though I am absent physically,4 I am present in spirit. And I have already judged the one who did this, just as though I were present.5 5:4 When you gather together in the name of our Lord Jesus,6 and I am with you in spirit,7 along with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5:5 turn this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved8 in the day of the Lord.9

5:6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast10 affects11 the whole batch of dough? 5:7 Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch of dough – you are, in fact, without yeast. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 5:8 So then, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of vice and evil, but with the bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.12

5:9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. 5:10 In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian13 who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive,14 or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. 5:12 For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? 5:13 But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you.15

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