Job 18 & 1 Corinthians 5

Job 18

    Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

    “How long will you hunt for words?
        Consider, and then we will speak.
    Why are we counted as cattle?
        Why are we stupid in your sight?
    You who tear yourself in your anger,
        shall the earth be forsaken for you,
        or the rock be removed out of its place?
    “Indeed, the light of the wicked is put out,
        and the flame of his fire does not shine.
    The light is dark in his tent,
        and his lamp above him is put out.
    His strong steps are shortened,
        and his own schemes throw him down.
    For he is cast into a net by his own feet,
        and he walks on its mesh.
    A trap seizes him by the heel;
        a snare lays hold of him.
    A rope is hidden for him in the ground,
        a trap for him in the path.
    Terrors frighten him on every side,
        and chase him at his heels.
    His strength is famished,
        and calamity is ready for his stumbling.
    It consumes the parts of his skin;
        the firstborn of death consumes his limbs.
    He is torn from the tent in which he trusted
        and is brought to the king of terrors.
    In his tent dwells that which is none of his;
        sulfur is scattered over his habitation.
    His roots dry up beneath,
        and his branches wither above.
    His memory perishes from the earth,
        and he has no name in the street.
    He is thrust from light into darkness,
        and driven out of the world.
    He has no posterity or progeny among his people,
        and no survivor where he used to live.
    They of the west are appalled at his day,
        and horror seizes them of the east.
    Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous,
        such is the place of him who knows not God.”

(Job 18 ESV)

1 Corinthians 5

    It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.

    For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

    Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

    I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

(1 Corinthians 5 ESV)

1 Corinthians 5: How often do we quickly condemn the sinfulness of our culture while simultaneously remaining silent concerning the practice of sin within our churches? God’s people are meant to be a people with moral boundaries and clearly set apart from the surrounding society. Therefore, corruption that goes uncorrected can cause great confusion about the church. 

The apostle Paul urges those within the church to “not associate” with those among their congregation that are living in habitual and unrepentant sin. Christians ought to avoid friendly relationships with those who openly disgrace the Christian name. There are times where we must disassociate ourselves with such a person in the hope that such disassociation will wake that person up to the reality of their sin leading to repentance and ultimately redemption and reconciliation. However, there are also times where we must also disassociate ourselves from those who disgrace the Christian name in order to avoid giving the appearance of approving such sinful conduct and lack of remorse.

As God’s people set apart for holiness, we must follow God’s instructions concerning redemptive church discipline in order to preserve the holiness of Christ’s name when unrepentant sinners are in our midst and causing confusion among our ranks.