We may look at this example of sexual immorality and think, “Well that’s an extreme case.” Well, that’s the root of compromise, is that sin has to be extreme in order for us to say that it’s wrong. The main issue to take away from this passage is that there should not be sexual sin in the church. Paul is saying, “How can it be?”
Too many professing Christians are ok with secretly looking at pornographic material, fornication, giving approval by laughing at sexual jokes, being involved in sex-related activities, accepting and being involved in homosexual experimentation, and normalizing out-of-wedlock pregnancies. The Bible says,
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a man can commit is outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Sexual sin is plaguing our society because some Christians and even preachers who should be rejecting these sins are involved in them. Christians are called to continue to say, “No” to sin, especially sexual sin because the moment we say yes we fall into Satan’s trap. We have to fight the flesh, especially in this sexually driven culture. Sex is in almost everything!
The church is supposed to reflect Christ, hate what is evil, cling to what is good, not agree with the sins society approves, rather expose them. Jesus didn’t say that denying the flesh would be easy, but He commands us to do it.
Yes, we will make mistakes and suffer the consequences for them, but don’t rationalize sin. Don’t try to justify sexual immorality. Don’t believe the lie, “Well, I just couldn’t help myself,” or “The temptation was just too strong!”
Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this?
Shouldn’t we go into mourning over our own personal sin? The change begins with the decision of every Chrisitan, individually and collectively to repent and say, “No” to sin. We can’t change the world, but we can be the change in the world around us. The Bible says,
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.1 Corinthians 10:13
We have no excuse before God. If you have unrepentant sin in your life, you need to put out those that cause you to sin, so that you can be free from guilt, shame, and condemnation. Shut the door that you may have opened to the lust of the flesh. You can be free! The devil is a liar!
Once you confess your sins to God and ask Him to forgive you, you’re no longer guilty (1 John 1:9). You’ve been washed by the blood of Christ and God has given you a clean slate. Don’t take it for granted! The bible says,
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.Ephesians 5:15-17
Store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, not sins on earth!
Today, if you have not received Salvation or you would like to rededicate your life back to Christ, say this prayer:
God, I know that I am a sinner. Right now, Lord, I turn from my sins and I ask you to forgive me. Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross and rose from the grave, for me. I open my heart and life for You to come in, and I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You, God for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read the Book of John in the Bible. Find out who Christ is, and how He loves you, yes you!
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