This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” 2 I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others, 3 since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. 4 For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you. 2 Corinthians 13:1-4
In closing out his final letter to the Corinthians, he made it abundantly clear that he would deal with the undealt with sin in that fellowship. It’s unclear, however, why the church never dealt with the sin and the sinners. To do what Paul did takes courage. When you step on people’s toes, they tend to do things irrationally. Paul was, in effect, calling out its leadership for being weak in dealing with sin. That’s always an intense charge that should have strong proof and backing. It shouldn’t be done lightly.
Just as we did yesterday, continue to praying for those over you in authority in the church. They often have to make bold ad courageous decisions that weight heavily on the heart. Most of the congregations will never know the stresses and burdens they often bear.