Some people argue that the rapid-excommunication instruction in 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 applies only for publicly known, notorious sins. Their argument is unprovable. And it puts abuse victims at risk of further harm.
Yes, the sin of the man who was sleeping with his father’s wife in 1 Cor 5 was publicly known to the church, or at least, known well enough for Chloe and her people to write to Paul about it as a fact, not a vague suspicion or an allegation that might be untrue. But when Paul gave his directive in verse 11, he did not qualify his directive by saying that it was only to be applied to cases where the sin was common knowledge and the whole church knew about it.
To claim Paul made that qualification is to engage in eisegesis which results in enormous injustice to victims of domestic abuse. It is akin to saying that all the…
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