I read 1 Corinthians but this somehow alluded me. The quote is, "you are to deliver this man to Satan for destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord." In this section in general, Paul singles out a man for incest, and demands his removal by the Church. Also, in general this passage dissuades Corinthian' Christians from judging people outside the faith.
My first question is this a singular event or can it be applied to all Christians? Does, the trials of Job as well as the two people given up for blaspheme (1 Timothy 1:20) touch upon this scripture? Does Paul assume that repentance will follow? What does this say about the authority of the Church and why is it not practiced today? Is this scripture so controversial that people should chalk it up to the unknown? Can we think that God does this if the Church is no longer using its authority? What overall lesson's can we learn from this scripture?
Also, outside this scripture, how do you read, "and such were some of you. But you were washed, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." ! Cor. 6:11. Especially if one church member was deemed unworthy of this grace? ,
PS I don't expect all my answers to be answered. Feel free to comment on just one. And I thank you in Christ's name.
You asked several questions, so I will try to answer them all one at a time.
1 Is this a singular event, or can it be applied to all Christians? I would have to assume that it can be applied to all Christians who engage in willful sins like this with no sign or remorse. Why would it only apply to a couple of people in a single church? The biggest question to me is how far someone has to have gone into sin to be at the point where the church puts them out of their fellowship? I feel like it is more than just the fact they were guilty of sin, but it was continuous sin where the people involved not only seemed unconcerned about changing, but they were having a corrupting effect on the others in the congregation.
2. Do the trials of Job as well as the two people given up for blaspheme (1 Timothy 1:20) touch upon this scripture? I am not sure how the trials of Job are connected to your question, but I do see the scripture in 1 Timothy 1:20 as an example of this same practice being carried out.
3. Does Paul assume repentance will follow? I believe he is hopeful it will follow. That is what he is hoping the outcome will be, and why the soul would be saved. Some believe he is saying that the physical body will be destroyed but the soul will be saved even if there is no repentance and this is used to promote unconditional eternal security. I don't believe that to be the case. He put them out of the church with the hope they would actually turn back to God before they die.
4. What does this say about the authority of the church and why it is not practiced today? I think the problem most face is trying to judge when it is necessary to do so. This would seem to be a last resort for the most exteme cases.
5. Is this scripture so controversial that people should chalk it up to the unknown? I don't think so. There are times where people are put out of a church, but it is normally done in extreme cases. There is no question that the sins mentioned in the church in Corinth were exteme. In the case of the person guilty of blaspheme, we really don't know what they did. We don't know if it was a single instance or a regular thing, but I get the impression the person did this on a regular basis.
6. Can we think God still does this if the church is no longer using it's authority? The Bible is our example, and we should use it to determine how we do things in the church. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. What we do doesn't change the way God reacts to things.
7. What overall lessons can we learn from this scripture? One thing we can learn is how serious sin is. God doesn't want the church full of people who live a lifestyle of sin. We can see how when one person lives in open sin, and nothing is done about it, others will often follow their bad example and do likewise. We can see that it is sometimes necessary to put unrepentant sinners out of the church. I would stress however that this seems to be in extreme cases where the guilty person won't turn from their sin. I don't think this applies to anyone who commits a single sinful act. If it did, you might as well close down all the churches because they won't have any congregation.
8. Outside of this scripture, how do you read "and such were some of you, "But you were washed, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God" 1 Cor 6:11, expecially if one church member was deemed unworthy of grace? The scripture is speaking of someone who had a true conversion. The sinful lifestyle was in their past. It is not how they are living today. The people that were put out of the church were still in a lifestyle of sin, while claiming to be Christians. Were the others really deemed unworthy of grace? Putting them out of the church was for the purpose of sparing the other members of the congregation from being corrupted, and there was a hope given that the people put out of the church might realize how serious their transgressions were and repent.
As I attempt to answer your questions, I do so not having read any of the responses thus far, so if someone else already said the same thing in response, I apologize for the repetition.