Patterson's Firing a Ridiculous Ignoring of the Bible
I Corinthians 5. The following verses outline God's way of dealing with it.
1. It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.
2. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. The Corinthian believers are rebuked for not dealing with this.
4. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. The believers are ordered to put the man out of the church, that he might wake up and get saved.
... 9. I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Believers are not to associate with such immoral members, so they will not appear to be guilty of the same sins.
10. Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. This only applies to members of the +church.
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? This only applies to fellow believers.
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. God will judge those who are not members.
The Bible commends Christians who deal with sin in the congregation as they did with Patterson. The problem was they ignored the Bible's instructions in how to deal with it. First, they should have had a trial, with witnesses, to put the man out of the church. Instead, they just took away Patterson's job, his reputation and his housing. Even the Romans put prisoners up in a Generals' suite with a servant and a driver. Patterson was not even given the courtesy afforded to Roman prisoners.
The man and his wife were kicked out of their home. They ignored the Bible's clear command to put him out of the church. Perhaps they feared to be tried themselves?