Paul was a rigid and rule following fellow as a Pharisee. After his conversion, God, in a great moment of Irony, made him the apostle of the gentiles and the guru of living in God’s Grace. So as he dealt with the people of Corinth, he made a great number of allowances for the cultural differences and did not judge on things that did not really count as sin. But, in this scripture, Paul made clear the deadly nature of sexual sin. Paul said to these folks–sexual sin not only destroys you, but it also destroys many others that you do life with. Whenever you become one person with another, it impacts all the folks in your lives and theirs. That is why sexual purity is something God has made critical in the lives of the church, whether Jew or Gentile.
In our culture, we have taken the beauty and mystery out of the marital relationship and devalued it by having no parameters around sex, marriage or family in our culture. It has become chaotic. The picture of the family, of marriage and of the marital relationship has been skewed to a point that many would call it unrecognizable. As the church, we have to stand firm on what is acceptable as marriage, family, and intimacy. We cannot turn a blind eye to a culture run amok. We need to continue to pray for our nation, its leaders, its educators and parents that they restore the picture of marriage, family and intimacy for the generations to come. We must live pure and holy lives as it relates to marriage and intimacy. If we do not the chaos will destroy our nation.
God Bless You
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power, God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[b] 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.[c]
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.