Scandal in the Church

By Magheragall Methodist Church

Shirley Feb 2012

To Paul,

I hear that you are very unhappy about a little affair here in Corinth, which is now common knowledge. Really, I am surprised that you are taking such a narrow view! If a man wants to live with his stepmother, I think it shows great spiritual maturity. After all, you yourself preach freedom in Christ. You must remember that Corinth is a modern, progressive city, not some Judean backwater! We should be leading the way in tolerance and open-mindedness. I hope you can be persuaded to take a more enlightened view of this matter.

Yours etc,


This imaginary message from a leading light in the church in Corinth provides the opening to Shirley Alexander’s forthcoming Bible study column. Shirley then continues her study of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians with reflections on 1 Corinthians 5. Read the fourth article in her ‘Living Letters’ series in the April Methodist Newsletter – out next week..

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