1 Corinthians 5:1-8
Paul becomes very practical, pointed, and specific in dealing with the sin issues of the Corinthians. We are wise to observe that the exceedingly foolish mentality of the Corinthians, dealt with in ch. 1-3, opened the door for an atmosphere of moral permissiveness and license which permeated the church. So the flaws of the Corinthians are not in isolation from one another- rather, one naturally led to the other.
Now Paul has been pretty blunt in ch. 3-4 with many of the sins of the spirit that plagued the Corinthian church; they were unstable, unfaithful, arrogant, and foolish, having bought into the wisdom of men rather than the wisdom of God. But now, he deals with the Corinthian sins of the flesh, and is very clear in how these sins ought to be dealt with.
While modern Christianity cries out “Judge not, that you be not judged,” Jesus states the converse in John 7, “Judge righteous judgement;” and Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2, “He who is spiritual judges all things…” Now again in ch. 5, Paul says “I have already judged him who has done this deed…” Godly discernment is a requirement for the body of Christ; and when some in the assembly mock the wisdom of God, and lead public lives of moral libertinism and licentiousness, judgment isn’t merely suggested; it is wholly required. Chastisement for unrepentant sin is an essential part of the health the church, as we see in our text today.