It seems to be popular in both Christian and non-Christian circles to "judge not." Avoiding judging others is the politically correct thing to do. Yet 1 Corinthians 5 makes it clear that judgment of sin needs to be done in the church. But there are two things that we need to consider in the above passage of Scripture.Sin Inside the Church vs. Sin OutsideFirst of all, there is a difference in how we are to relate to other Christians (as well as those who claim to be Christians but may not be), and how we relate to those who are not part of the body of Christ. We would have to leave this world if we were to avoid sinful people altogether!But what about believers who are openly participating in known sin? According to Paul, we are not to even eat with them, and are in fact to put them out of the church. Doesn't sound very politically correct, does it? And yet it is what the Scripture says!
No Tolerance Policy
The sobering reality of the passage in 1 Corinthians is that sin is serious. It is not something that should be tolerated among Christians - including each of us.Put yourself in the place of someone who needs church discipline. Think about the seriousness of the sin in your life, and come to grips with the fact that continuing in it is not an option. Are there secret sins you are harboring? Are you guilty of ongoing behaviors mentioned in the passage above such as sexual immorality, covetousness and drunkenness? If so, repent! For both God and the church can, and in fact must, judge ongoing, unrepentant sin.
The good news is, there is grace, peace, forgiveness, and restoration to those who turn from their sins.