The Corinthians did. There was this guy who committed adultery with his father’s wife and was still regarded as a member of the congregation.
1 Corinthians 5:1-2(KJV)
5 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
Paul rightly rebuked the congregation and instructed them on the action that was best for the one committing the sin and for the congregation. Their attitude was all wrong: “And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned”. Clearly, they did what was right in their own eyes without thinking about God’s will and way.
1 Corinthians 5:3-5 (KJV)
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
The sinner had a choice: to keep sinning and be permanently out of the fellowship or to repent and see what he misses by not being able to fellowship while he is caught up in behavior that does not please God. Condoning his sinful sexual behavior, in effect, enabled him to continue in his spiritually wrong actions.
So, is your fellowship allowing those engaging in sinful sexual behavior to remain worshiping with you? How do you feel about that? Have you asked God to give you spiritual eyes to see what living within His parameters entails? Can you in good conscience continue worshiping with so-called believers who look the other way where obvious sin is committed and incorporated into a lifestyle? Are you aware that allowing this spiritual leaven changes how people see things spiritually? Perhaps you are powerless to change what goes on, but that does not mean you have no say in where you worship. You can ask God to guide you to a spiritually healthy fellowship where you feel safe and encouraged to grow in God’s grace and knowledge.
May God guide your choices.
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