But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person.
1 Corinthians 5:11 NET
We often hear the saying, “don’t judge.” In fact, Paul says in verse 13 that God will judge those outside the body of Christ. But inside the body of Christ, Paul states that we should separate ourselves, which requires a judgement call.
We are to live holy lives. Holy means separated to Him.
Prior to this verse, Paul admonished the Corinthian Church to “clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch of dough.”
Yeast was always looked at as sin. Paul was saying get rid of the sin in you and around you.
This is purposeful, because leaving a little yeast (sin), will affect the whole dough. A little sin has a way of multiplying and affecting your relationship with God.
And that’s what it is all about…how important is your relationship with God? Hopefully more important than anything this world has to offer.
This is really hard. But it is a must!
It is hard because you are deliberately moving away from people you know and care about, because they have chosen to allow blatant sin in their life.
The hope is that by not interacting with them, they feel convicted and repent and get right with God.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. In today’s modern world, they just go to another church and find “new” Christian friends.
But your responsibility is clear. Talk to them. Share the Word with them. Pray for them. But if they choose to continue in their sin, remove yourself.
Don’t allow sin to hover around you.
Lord, help me to stand for You. In this world where sin runs rampant, help me to honor You with my life.