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I Cor. 5:11 "But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat."
This has always been a hard one for me because I have never seen anything taught on it in terms of application. Does "brother" refer to any professing Christian? If so, the list of people that I would need to stay away from would be rather lengthy. My husband always says that it only applies to "true" Christians, not just people who would check Christian on a box on a form, as opposed to say checking Muslim or Atheist.
I did put this into practice once. I had a "true" Christian friend who was an active Christian. She even held a Bible study in her home. She was basically living with her fiance, and I wrote her a letter to tell her that I could no longer associate with her because of the above verse. Of course, I never heard from her again, and no doubt, she thought I was a freak.
Does anyone have any thoughts as to the application of the above verse, and has anyone put it into practice?
You shouldn't mix with people if you think they are a temptations. But Jesus mixed and ate with sinners. Sometimes people may need your help.
"The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!" Luke 7:34.