So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5 hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh,[a][b] so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. 1 Cor 5:4,5
I am thinking and writing about 1Corinthians 5:1-5 for a class. The text is usually used to justify excommunication, but I am arguing a different reading.
I think in general the Church has gotten a little trigger happy when it comes to excommunicating.
In Corinthians, Paul is addressing a church which has gotten caught up in many different pagan practices. It is interesting the language he uses here to address some of the “backsliding” congregation.
He first addresses some of the sin that is taking place such as sexual immorality, and then gives some direction on how to handle the situation. He instructs the church to “hand the man over to Satan.” What does Paul mean by this and does this passage really suggest excommunication? And what does Paul mean by, “so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the Day of the Lord”? How would someone being handed over to Satan do away with their sin nature and actually save them?
Let me know your thoughts and I will present an idea tomorrow…