I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 1 Cor 5:9
How does the church treat sin?
Many times the church judges sin committed by those not in the church. It’s easy to find someone that does not go to church – does not know Jesus as Savior and call out their sin.
Find a drug addict, point a finger, and say, “Sinner!” or at someone having an affair and shout, “Adulterer!”
You will probably not win them to Christ. They are stuck and in bondage to their sin. They do not want sin called out but rather how to end the bondage and addictions.
Paul’s beginning statement is not directed to those outside the church.
1 Cor 5:10-11 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner — not even to eat with such a person.
The greatest stumbling block of the church is when sinners outside the church are condemned while the church does not deal with sin from within.
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; 1 Peter 4:17