"What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked man from among you." 1Cor 5:12-13
The church has been and continues to be bombarded by wolves, thieves, hirelings and novices in positions of authority. While wolves and thieves will not likely repent, hirelings and novices may. Christians must learn and obey the Biblical mandate to call these men to repentance. If these “leaders” refuse to repent, those who follow them should obey the Bible and cast them out of their churches instead taking part in the popular practice of staying and empowering these men with their volunteer time and money, or casting themselves out and fleeing to another church, which unfortunately has become a very popular practice.
More often than not, Christians go from bad to worse, from frying pan to fire as they bounce from church to church. Most refuse to simply go to the Word of God and rest there for season while they study and learn the differences between genuine and counterfeit churches before they embark on yet another frustrating and fruitless journey.
In 1 Cor 5: 11-13, Paul the Apostle writes, “But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked man from among you."
I am quoting form the NIV translation here. Not that the NIV renders all Scriptures accurately, but here as well as in some other areas, it does a good job of conveying the meaning of this text. The context is concerning, among other things, sins of idolatry, greed, and swindling and this is exactly what the problem often tends to be with false “leaders”. This makes perfect sense since the love of money is the root of all evil.
Counterfeit leaders virtually never stop talking about your money and their desire to have it for “God’s purposes”, such as opulent church facility or expansion plans that are nowhere to be found in the Bible and are not in any way consistent with the examples of Christ and the Apostles. Claims of “God’s purposes” by modern pastors are often nothing more than a cover-up for the selfish ambitions of these men disguised as God’s purposes.
Further, no Christian should have to endure the merry-go-round and roller coaster rides of a “pastor” experimenting on “his” church to see what “works”. When the Body of Christ undergoes this kind of experimentation, it’s like a human body at the mercy of a demented doctor, something one might expect in a horror movie, but not remotely to be tolerated in a real church of Jesus Christ. No pastor / elder is allowed to depart from the clear teachings of the Bible in order to try new things.