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Sexual Immorality and Lawsuits
(1 Corinthians 5-6)

Paul closes the preceding section by offering the Corinthians a choice: “What would you prefer? Am I to come to you with a stick, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?” (4:21). Underscoring that choice, the next section opens with the verbal equivalent of the stick, pronouncing the extreme judgment of excommunication (“handing over to Satan”) on a man charged with sexual immorality (porneia)…

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