Deliver This Man to Satan (1 Corinthians 5:5): A Case Study in Church Discipline

Simon J. Kistemaker | August 25, 2009

Part of understanding the difficult passage in 1 Cor 5:1-5 is the interpretation of the words “deliver this man to Satan” in 5:5. To explain this statement correctly, one must establish what the sin is that caused Paul to deliver the declaration. Then he should realize the responsibility of the local church in Corinth to deal with such a situation. The nature of the authority behind the directive needs also to be appreciated. Then details of the disciplinary action itself need clarification. The whole set of circumstances emphasizes how important it is for local churches to implement church disciplinary actions in dealing with sinning members and to use sound principles in doing so.

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