First Corinthians 5

1 Corinthians 5

Those who pride themselves on tolerating sin, ignorantly supposing that tolerating sin is love; are just like the brethren of Corinth. Here is what the scriptures have to say about that.

1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. 5:2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned [you should have mourned over (been disgusted by) the sin and rejected the sinner from among you], that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

The word here rendered “fornication” is PORNEA; which actually means any kind of Biblically illicit sexual behavior, which in the spiritual sense is disloyalty to God. In this case one wonders about the woman involved and why it is not commanded for her to also be rejected; perhaps she was not part of the assembly?

Today when a spouse loves others more that their marriage partner it is called emotional adultery. In the spiritual context, the word pornea includes the concept of emotional or spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal commitment by following idols and false religious teachings, in violation of our baptismal espousal to Christ.

The spiritual parallel of eating things sacrificed to idols; refers to internalizing their false teachings. PORNEA is not limited by the English definition of fornication as strictly premarital sex.

Today spiritual fornication against the Word of God with false doctrines, false teachers and false religions is tolerated, allowed and often encouraged.  

Those who quote the false teachings of worldly prophets and the unconverted in support for their own positions; are simply blind men, following blind men; and they shall all fall into the same ditch of ignorance of the truth of God.

5:3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

The Holy Scriptures command us to reject those who sin willfully without sincere repentance.

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

We are to root out sin from within ourselves and our organizations by wholeheartedly seeking to become like God, by removing all sin and rejecting all the wilfully sinful, and we are to internalize the very nature of God as defined by God’s Word.

We are not to flirt with the blindness of carnal men which is spiritual and moral idolatry. Willful sin should NEVER be tolerated in our congregations. The leaven of wickedness should be purged out of our organizations and out of each individual before our Creator corrects us himself. For if we follow the spiritually blind; will we not fall into the same ditch?

Paul goes on to say that a little sin pollutes the whole congregation and commands that the leaven of this sinful person be removed from the assembly. Today the Nicolaitane church governance system of placing a ministry between man and God – in place of a ministry that focuses the brethren on God and not on themselves – has grown and polluted the whole body of believers with a multitude of sins.

Paul teaches that all willful sin must be removed from the whole body and from each individual and never tolerated; because Christ was sacrificed for us so that we could be liberated from the bondage of sin.

5:6 Your glorying [in tolerating sin] is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:

We are to remove ALL sin and cast it out before it destroys us, either individually or destroys the congregation collectively. We are to seek out the eternal life that true godliness brings.

We are not to reject the sinner with malice, but are to repent of sin and to reject the unrepentant in the hope that he will also come to repentance

5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast [the whole Feast of Unleavened Bread; not just two High Days], not with old leaven [not remaining sinful], neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread [turning from sin and tolerating sin unto godliness] of sincerity and truth.

We ARE to keep the whole seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread with the eating of unleavened bread every day as we are commanded; which is symbolic of internalizing the Bread of Life, the sincerity and godly nature of Jesus Christ, forever.

If we do not eat unleavened bread every day; it is symbolic of rejecting Jesus Christ and if we eat LEAVEN during that Feast it is symbolic of internalizing SIN.

5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world [we can do business with worldly people but we must NOT follow their doctrines], or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

If we cannot discern and remove the wicked in our own congregations; how do we expect to judge the nations as kings and priests? This is not talking about tares who appear Godly and have not been called; this is commanding concerning willful sinners.

Today the brethren have been deceived by the wicked, into thinking that they must not remove sinners because of the parable of the tares.

Brethren, the tares are those who appear to be godly but do not bear fruit, tolerating them does not mean that we are to tolerate willful sinners.

5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company [We are commanded not to tolerate and associate with willful sin in our assemblies.], if any man that is called a brother be a [do these things] fornicator [pornea; ALL sexual immorality] , or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

We are to discern as to who we should assemble with; judging by the Word of God.

Holy Scripture here commands us NOT to assemble with evildoers; and the spirit of this command is that we are to assemble with like minded DOERS of God’s Word; and NOT with those who do not diligently learn and KEEP the whole Word of God.

5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

We are commanded to remove the willful sinner from our assemblies, and most especially we are to reject those who attempt to justify their sins and refuse to repent.

We must judge who we will keep company with and assemble with; so that we are not keeping company with evildoers.

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  1. Hello James, reading through 1. Corinthians 5 : 8 which states :- “Therefore let us keep the feast not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth “. My question is why do we still have to physically do away with leavening agents during the feast in view of this scripture ? Can’t this be spiritually applied as is done in case of physical and spiritual circumcision ? Thanks.

    Paul is referencing the meaning of the Feast and what we should do on the spiritual level. If we did not have or keep the Feast on the physical, how could we ever learn the lesson which that Feast is intended to teach? What is the Feast or even the Passover but a physical object lesson for purposes of our instruction in spiritual things?

    The clearest way I know to explain this is that when we go to a math class the teacher explains how to solve a problem, and then gives us a series of problems to practice on so that will will learn the lesson through the practical experience of doing. God uses the same method in giving us lessons to practice with so that we will learn.

    In the New Covenant we are to do these things on physical level so that we can learn the spiritual lessons which the physical instruction is intended to teach us. All God’s Word concerning physical things is to teach us, who are physical, the spiritual principles which we must have to receive life as spirit.

    Yes, one can keep the physical without understanding the spiritual [which understanding comes through the gift of God]; but one cannot learn or keep the spirit of a nonexistent law. Therefore the physical laws are the foundation of the spiritual, and we cannot understand or learn spiritual things unless we do those physical things which God has given us to teach us his spiritual principles.

    Paul explained the spiritual principle that circumcision was not done away at all [for adults], but was replaced by conversion, repentance and baptism. Nevertheless God’s Word says that after Christ comes all persons must be circumcised in both the flesh and the spirit.

    Ezekiel 44:9 Thus saith the Lord God; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.

    And all peoples will come up to the sanctuary year by year to worship. Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.

    It appears that God granted a temporary mercy to the Gentiles being converted in the period from 31 A.D. to the first resurrection because we live in a wicked world, but after Christ comes circumcision of both flesh and spirit (Joel 2:28) will be required. James

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