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Immorality in the Church

1–2 It’s been widely reported that there is gross sexual immorality among you—the kind of immorality that’s so revolting it’s not even tolerated by the social norms of unbelievers.[a] Are you proud of the fact that one of your men is having sex with his stepmother?[b] Shouldn’t this heartbreaking scandal bring you to your knees in tears? You must remove the offender from among you!

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  1. 1 Corinthians 5:1 Or “pagans” (gentiles).
  2. 1 Corinthians 5:1 Or “his father’s wife.” This incestuous relationship was forbidden by the law. See Lev. 18:8. The sin is more than the illicit acts of this unnamed man, but the tolerance of a church that refused to correct and deal with the sin in their midst. Indeed, this chapter implies that the church was somewhat smug and arrogant (“puffed up”) over conduct that violated sensibility.

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