“I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people– not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with any who claim to be fellow believers but are sexually immoral or greedy, idolaters or slanderers, drunkards or swindlers. With such persons do not even eat.” (I Corinthians 5:9-11)
Cutting our fellowship with someone we know and love is difficult and painful. If you are like me, I love to be around people that make me laugh, think and, most of all, people that are edifying and fun in my life. It is hard when you find someone like that and then you find yourself in the Biblical obligation of having to disconnect from that friendship. We must point out that the Bible is not talking about disassociating from the world; the Bible adds that, “In that case you would have to leave this world.” Personally, I feel that we focus too, much on the world and the un-godly things they are doing! We must focus on ourselves as the Body of Christ! The Bible tells us in First Corinthians 5:13 “God will judge those outside.”
Perhaps it is easier to point out fornication and adultery when it comes down to reasons for cutting our fellowship; however, as you can see, there are other reasons to cut fellowship. As painful as it may be, the Bible does encourage us to cut our fellowship with brothers and sisters that engage in the following lifestyles:
1. Sexual Immorality: engaging in fornication or adultery.
2. Greedy or covetous: the commandment tells us “You shall not covet…”
3. Idolaters: somebody who shows excessive admiration or love for somebody or something above God.
4. Slanderers: the act or offense of saying something false or malicious that damages somebody’s reputation.
5. Drunkards: somebody who habitually drinks too much alcohol.
6. Swindlers: to obtain something from somebody, especially money, by deception or fraud.
Why not fellowship with our brethren who are involved with greediness, idolatry, slander, drunkenness and swindling? These groups of people will affect our conversations with one another as we fellowship. Our minds will be affected by what we allow to come in. Therefore, our meditation will be out of balance. Lets us consider Psalm 1:1-3
“Blessed are those who do not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but who delight in the law of the LORD and meditate on his law day and night. They are like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.”