1 Corinthians chapter 5 verses 10 to 13

Verse 10

The Corinthians may have misunderstood the above command by meaning not to talk to people of the world especially other Corinthians with their laxed attitudes.  This is clarified in verse 10 below.

10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.

Verse 11 -13

The Corinthians when embracing other church members were supposed to not talk to so called brothers who had low moral standards within the church. 

11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES. 1 Corinthians 5:9-13

This advice is very important for the church today as well as 2000 years ago, and I think that although it was written for moral issues of the time verses 11 to 13 can have other applications especially with heresy… Heresies are usually false teachings that arose from within the church and then it had to be dealt with.  The great Irenaeus, there is a prime example of one who fought the false teachings of the Gnostics. 

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