We are called to be different. We are to look different, act different and expect different among the family of believers. In our culture, however, we are told to be tolerant. The Media portrays selfish and sinful behavior as normal and selfless and Christ focused behavior as odd and judgmental.
Even the church culture has relaxed and taken the view that we are to be seeker friendly and should not judge lifestyles. This was the same culture Paul faced in Corinth. The Corinthians were a very secular culture with a propensity to run to sin. Paul was clear, we have to live in the world, but within the family, we must be different.
Such is the case with our modern church family. We have to live in our very secular culture, but we should be different and expect different from those within the culture. Help me, Lord, to be different and to encourage different from others.
God Bless You
3 Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit.[b] And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man 4 in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church.[c] I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus. 5 Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed[d] and he himself[e] will be saved on the day the Lord[f] returns.
6 Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.[g] 8 So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread[h] of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread[i] of sincerity and truth.
9 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that.