There is a problem I believe in our modern western church, the problem is we tolerate way to much sin inside. It wears on the foundation like water damage does a house or termites do on wood. Many mainstream churches cannot stand against the world
because too much of the world has gotten into them.
Romans 1:32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
We are supposed to love the lost but thats very different than approving of their sin. We should kindly but effectively deal with professing followers who are blatantly and willfully living in sin.
Galatians 6:1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
The Bible is clear that someone who wont repent, seek help, or attempt to turn from sin should be cast out of the church.
1 Corinthians 5:2 And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this?
1 Corinthians 5:13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”
The Bible is specific that if a man or woman calls themselves a follower but rejects repentance of sin they should be “put out of fellowship” now obviously we can not hold the the unbeliever to this standard since they don’t know Christ but its vital to deal with a openly sinning Christian. Why?
it gives the Church a bad name among the lost.
Romans 2:24 As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
It also compromises the integrity of others inside the church!
1 Corinthians 5:5-7 hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
Often times if a rebel saint is disciplined he or she will repent if they truly belongs to Christ. The whole goal is not to drive them away permanently but long enough to restore them fully. Its like a child who has to take a time out. He often times realizes then the seriousness of his sin and comes back to his or her senses.