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1 Corinthians 5

The sin of Corinth denounced
1And something else clings close to this spirit of self-righteousness. Have you yourselves, you who belong to the Spirit and not to the flesh, have you rid yourselves of the sin which disgraces your ancient city and makes her a by-word, and the shameful traffic in immorality for which she is so notorious? Are you spotless? Is fornication a thing unknown in your midst, amongst your members? Or is the old leaven still at work in you too, who belong to the Church of God in Corinth, amongst the saints as well as in the gentile streets of the city? 2You know that it has not yet been cast out. Why have you not “put away the evil from among you” as Moses decrees in the law. (Deut. xxii. 24). In you this leaven has culminated in a manifestation of evil worse than anything heard of among the Gentiles, a scandal wherein a son has sinned against his own father and his father's wife. 3-8And all the time you believe yourselves to have achieved something! Under the law such offenders were taken out of the city by the whole congregation and stoned without the gate. In our spiritual church of faith this type and example should have taught you for ever to reject from your midst the spirit that works this evil and the persons who do it. But this sin has not been hidden from me. Absent in body, I have been present in spirit, and in that spirit I have already, as in your presence, as in the midst of the whole congregation, searched out and judged and given over to the devil from which it springs this old leaven of fornication and hell, thereby abandoning it to the doom that is coming on all flesh. For God is judging the flesh.
Separate yourselves
9Therefore I wrote to you in a former Epistle to separate yourselves utterly from the fornication of the world, 10to have nothing to do with its traffic and merchandise and all the robbery and greed and superstition and idolatry which centre round it, bidding you to come out of the world and be separate. 11But now I write to bid you beware of its presence in your very midst, beware of those so-called “brothers” in whom the spirit of the world still works, who though they be called brethren are still the fools of lust, of greed, of drunkenness, superstition and rage. 12-13God judges the world, and His judgment comes apace; but now see that you judge the saints. “Put away the evil from your midst.” Let not the old leaven find its way back again. You had purged it out, your Church was like the new paschal loaf, eaten with the passion, eaten with the lamb of the sacrifice, in which no leaven is used. Now, our sacrifice is the paschal lamb and the unleavened bread, and the feast wherein they are partaken of is the spiritual Christ, crucified by the world, and the purity and freedom from the spirit of the world which accompany this sacrifice. Let us enjoy that feast, my brethren, untainted by the fermenting liquors of the world — the feast of sincerity and truth.
The Report About a Sinful Man
1It’s actually reported that there is a sexual sin among you that’s so bad even people who don’t know God wouldn’t tolerate it. I’m told that a man is sleeping with his father’s wife. 2And you’re proud of this! Shouldn’t you be grieving instead? Shouldn’t you have thrown this man out from among you? 3Even though I’m not there with you physically, I am with you in spirit. And because I’m with you in spirit, in the name of our Lord Jesus I’ve already judged the man who’s doing this. 4So when you gather together, and I’m with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is also present, 5hand this man over to Satan. His body may be destroyed, but his spirit will be saved on the day the Lord returns.
6Your bragging isn’t good. Don’t you know that just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise? 7Get rid of the old yeast. Then you can be like a new batch of dough without yeast. That’s what you really are already, because Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. 8So let’s celebrate the Feast, but not with the old bread made with the yeast of hatred and wrongdoing. Let’s celebrate it with bread made without yeast, the bread of honesty and truth.
9I told you in my previous letter that you should stay away from people who commit sexual sins. 10I didn’t mean the people of this world who sin that way. And I wasn’t saying you should stay away from all people who are greedy, or who cheat others, or who worship statues of gods. To do that, you’d have to leave the world entirely! 11So let me clarify in this letter what I meant: You should stay away from anyone who claims to be a believer but who commits sexual sins, or is greedy, or worships idols, or tells lies about others, or gets drunk, or cheats. Don’t even eat with people like that.
12What business do I have judging those who are outside the church? But aren’t you supposed to judge those who are inside the church? 13God will judge those outside. But as for those inside, as Scripture says, “Throw out that person who’s doing wrong!”