Today’s World Would Not Be Strange to Paul: On Church Discipline

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Wes Hill has written a post setting forth five theses on church discipline. Wes and I attended seminary at the same time, and I count him a friend and a brother. A year or so ago, he and I had a fruitful conversation on just these issues at a theological conference. Given my respect for him and his influence, and given that he contrasts his view with his previous background as a Calvinist and a Baptist (a church background which I still hold), I thought it would be good to interact a bit with his theses.

First, Wes questions whether 1 Corinthians 5-6 is as directly relevant to the present situation of church discipline and same-sex sexual sin as some conservatives contend. However, in doing so, he makes a surprising claim about the passage.

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This is an odd way of reading that text. Here is 1 Corinthians 5:9-13.

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

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Does Wes want to argue that Paul would not include homosexual sin within the category of “sexual immorality”? This reading seems especially strained in light of the next chapter, when homosexual sin is included in the sin list (6:9-11)? Or does...
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