1 Corinthians 5* The apostle blames the Corinthians for connivance at anincestuous person; (1-8) and directs their behaviour towardsthose guilty of scandalous crimes. (9-13)1-8 The apostle notices a flagrant abuse, winked at by theCorinthians. Party spirit, and a false notion of Christianliberty, seem to have saved the offender from censure. Grievousindeed is it that crimes should sometimes be committed byprofessors of the gospel, of which even heathens would beashamed. Spiritual pride and false doctrines tend to bring in,and to spread such scandals. How dreadful the effects of sin!The devil reigns where Christ does not. And a man is in hiskingdom, and under his power, when not in Christ. The badexample of a man of influence is very mischievous; it spreadsfar and wide. Corrupt principles and examples, if not corrected,would hurt the whole church. Believers must have new hearts, andlead new lives. Their common conversation and religious deedsmust be holy. So far is the sacrifice of Christ our Passover forus, from rendering personal and public holiness unnecessary,that it furnishes powerful reasons and motives for it. Withoutholiness we can neither live by faith in him, nor join in hisordinances with comfort and profit. 9-13 Christians are to avoid familiar converse with all whodisgrace the Christian name. Such are only fit companions fortheir brethren in sin, and to such company they should be left,whenever it is possible to do so. Alas, that there are manycalled Christians, whose conversation is more dangerous thanthat of heathens!
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