Well at some point I am guessing that the church at Corinth lost site of the attitude of praise reflected in Psalm 149 and 150. Can you imagine a church with “such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles?” That is how Paul said it in verse one anyways. I mean, sure we can see how some churches have conformed to the culture and have gone against scripture to be accepted, but they are following an example, not setting the example. I also know that in the past the church did set the example in a good way and even led culture with art and music. I sometimes wish or pray we could be that kind of church again. But those kind of examples were rooted in praising God and not seeking pleasure for ourselves.
“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.” Ps 149:4
I guess it probably starts with something small and seemingly insignificant and then snowballs. Before you know it the church has fallen away from the foundations upon which it was built. I’m not saying churches can’t evolve or change, I mean we are called to change. But in the end, the foundation, as long as it is biblical truth, is what we have to move towards and not off of. I like how Paul finishes this passage. I think what leads us to destruction is often this wrong focus that he talks about.
“But what have I to do with judging those also who are outside?” 1 Cor 5:12
We are so quick to judge and condemn non believers for not abiding to a faith that they have yet to accept. Then we offer forgiveness and turn a blind eye to what goes on in our own house.
God, Help us to see with unplanked eyes the world that you so loved that you gave your only Son. Help us to live in such a way that others will be drawn to You.