1 Corinthians 6: God and Sex

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Sometimes people ask me, “Why do people make sex such a big sin in churches? How is it different than any other problem?” The answer can be found in the above verses from 1 Corinthian 6. Paul taught his readers to “flee” from sexual immorality or to run from it. Other sins are external, whether theft or jealousy or anger. Sexual sins harm our own bodies as well as the bodies of those involved.

Paul’s basis for purity in this area is that our very bodies are “temples” of the Holy Spirit. God lives in us. Why would we dishonor God in this way?

Of course, this is easier to read and say than to follow. We live in a culture that sensationalizes sexual activity in nearly every conceivable way. To live God’s way on this issues requires a careful guarding of the influences we allow into our lives, making his way a higher priority than the voices of others.

God created sex and, along with the rest of creation, labeled it as good. Yet when utilized outside of God’s created design, sexual expressions can cause more harm than nearly any other ill. Let those of us who claim to follow Christ take this to heart. Are we honoring God’s view today?

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

1 Corinthians 5: Family Issues

What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.”

Many Christians apply God’s teachings backwards. How? They expect people who don’t follow the teachings of Jesus to live as though they do.

Paul addressed this predicament in 1 Corinthians 5. The focus of the chapter is on a young man who had become sexually involved with a person who was likely his step-mother. The Corinthian believers had done nothing to address the issue.

Paul condemned their lack of action, calling them to exclude this man from their community until he turned from this lifestyle. However, in doing so, he also made the important point that such judgments are for those who are already following Jesus.

According to Paul, it was not his business to decide a person’s fate who was not part of a Christian community. His job was to help local communities of believers honor God with their lives. This one principle, applied well, could completely transform our local churches. Rather than ranting against local problems or inviting everyone to join without expectations of change, we would seek for each person in our church community to live pure and holy lives that would draw others to Christ.

This is the New Testament’s plan, even if it may not find much discussion among today’s top books on church leadership. When we live as holy individuals, in a holy community, we will have the impact on those around us God seeks.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.


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