For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? (1 Corinthians 5:12 ESV)
We get so caught up with the word on judgement, we must not judge others, we must not be judgemental, don’t judge me…..the passage in 1 Corinthians seems to be quite clear, there are not any unusual words or phrases, it is not in a peculiar context where an idiom expressed must be understood in the culture eg, by loving a brother you are putting burning coals on his head ( sounds harsh but in context it is a good thing – look it up!). No, we have a clear passage. Just to back up a bit and show the context.
Paul is talking to the Corinthian church, they have a member in the church who is sleeping with his fathers wife, not his natural mother. So incessed on paper but not physically, yet that is not to lighten the sin for paul says that it is even something that is tolerated among pagans! There is a natural order that even the pagans know is wrong yet in the church of the living God it was … Read More »