God's Word for Today 1 Corinthians 5

June 9, 2012

 
 

The purpose of church discipline is to restore, heal, and build up sinning believers

Discipline must be done in a spirit of humility, gentleness and patience. If there is no response in repentance and obedience, then the sinning believer is to be rebuked publicly and members of the body are to withhold close fellowship. This is to show the offender that his/her action has dishonored the Lord and has caused a disharmony of the body. The goal is always restoration and the person is still to be counted as a brother.   This discipline also serves to create fear in the rest of the flock as a warning against sin 1 Timothy ทิโมธี 5:20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

สำหรับผู้ที่ยังคงกระทำบาป   จงว่ากล่าวเขาต่อหน้าคนทั้งปวง   เพื่อผู้อื่นจะได้เกรงกลัว

If there is still no response in repentance and obedience, the church is to stop having close fellowship with that person.   There is always a readiness to forgive but we should not just overlook gross sins in the lives of other believers.

     Some examples of sins of church members that may require discipline: conduct that is clearly against the commands of Scripture and which will negatively impact the testimony and unity of the church.  Difficulties between members, people who cause divisions in the church such as gossiping, immoral conduct, idolatry, drunkenness,  and false teaching.    Again the reason church discipline may be necessary is because of the holy character of God, the testimony of the church, the effect upon the unity and purity of the church, and the edification and restoration of the individual.

Paul speaks of turning them over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, I'm not quite certain what that means.  Paul wrote this to Timothy in I Timothy ทิโมธี 2:19-20 19holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith,

19จงยึดความเชื่อไว้   และมีจิตสำนึกว่าตนชอบ   ซึ่งข้อนี้บางคนได้ละทิ้งเสีย   ความเชื่อของเขาจึงอับปางลง

20among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

20ในคนเหล่านั้นมีฮีเมเนอัสและอเล็กซานเดอร์   ซึ่งข้าพเจ้าได้มอบไว้แก่ซาตานแล้ว   เพื่อเขาจะได้เรียนรู้และจะไม่หลู่พระเกียรติพระเจ้า

     The idea seems to be putting them outside of the umbrella, the covering of the church, that Satan might really take them on down and let them see the end result of this kind of sin and tolerated sin in their life, or practicing sin in their life. Let them see what it does, let them come to the destruction of the flesh.

Paul scolded them for being proud of condoning this sin. That's not good, Paul said.

He compared it to leaven in bread.  Leaven was the sourdough starter that the women used in making their bread, always keeping a little bit of the dough from the last batch to mix it in with the new batch of dough. And leaven is used in the scripture always in an evil sense. Because the leavening process is actually the air that gets into it by the rotting process. And a little starter into the new batch of dough will work its way through the whole batch of dough. A little leaven will leaven the whole lump.  This is a picture of sin, how that just allowing, tolerating, a little area of evil, it can permeate the whole life of the body. It can affect the whole body. A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Paul brings in here the picture of the Passover. The Passover was the time of unleavened bread. In preparing for the Passover, the fourteenth of April, the Jews would go through their whole house in a search for leaven, to remove from the house any leaven that may exist. And then they would make the bread for the Passover out of unleavened bread, or the flat bread, the unleavened bread; leaven being a type of sin. And so the Feast of the Passover was the Feast of Unleavened Bread.   Paul said, "Purge out the leaven from the church that we might be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us." As we meet together, let us meet together in sincerity, let us meet together in truth, let us worship together in sincerity and truth. Let us love one another in sincerity and truth. Within the body of Christ, we should not have the malice; we should not have the strife, the wickedness, but there should be a purity of heart before the Lord when we gather together to worship Him. For more see www.wdbydana.com/sermon.html