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SEXUAL IMMORALITY

by Richard S. Anderson

"Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body."
1 Corinthians 6:18

In the beginning when God constituted marriage He was very specific, for He said inGenesis 2:24..."For this reason man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." Notice where God says..."be united to his wife"...He was speaking about another man being with another women in a bond that is what we call marriage today.

God was also very specific about who you could have sex with and who you could not have sex with. The only person you are to have sex with is your marriage partner, no one else.

God wasn't just talking about homosexuals, but about everyone whom has sex outside of marrigae - heterosexuals and homosexuals a like. Paul, when speaking to the Corinthians in one of his letters state ..."Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body." 1 Corinthians 6:18... Interesting how Paul says "Flee from sexual immorality." What exactly is sexual immorality? Anything that is outside of marriage is sexual immorality.

Paul also warned the Corinthians against moral laxity. This is what he said in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10...9"Do you not know that wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, 10nor thieves nor greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers now swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God"... So often people ahve taken this verse and twisted it so out of proportion just taking a porting of the verse and using it against other people, such as the portion of the verse that says ...male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders will inherit the kingdom of God... More then three quarters of the verse has been left out. And when these people are confronted on it such as saying to them, "What about heterosexual sex?" The usual reply is, "Oh, well that's different." Unfortunately for these same people that is not what 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says, it also says a lot more. When speaking about just the sexual portion of the verse is says ...sexually immoral...adulters...male prostitutes...homosexual offenders...

Sexually immoral we have discussed what that means...anything that is outside of marriage. Adulterers are those who ahve sex with someone else besides their marriage partner. Male prostitutes are men whom sell their bodies for sex, and homosexuals are those men who have sex with other men. Notice that this pretty much covers almost all categories of sex, and that Paul is talking about heterosexuals and homosexuals.

"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry."
Colossians 3:5

In Paul's letter to the Colossians he speaks of sexaul immorality and to put to death. By this he was saying, separate yourselves from the deeds of the old nature. Another words, anything that goes against God's Word we are to put away, not to commit any longer. Paul does not give a definition here of sexual immorality, but it is most obvious what he is talking about; again, he is speaking about sex outside of marriage.

Let there be no confusion here when it is stated there is to be no sex out of marriage. That doesn't mean that you can have sex with your daughters, sons, relatives, etc. It means that you are to have sex only with your marriage partner. In God's Word when He was speaking to Moses on the law, one of the law says ..."No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Lord." Leviticus 18:6... Anr this still applies today. Even though our precious Savior Jesus Christ came to earth and died for our sins bringing a new covenant does not mean we are to disregard what God had laid down at the foundation of the world.

For instance, let's take a look at ...Hebrews 13:4 "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral." Here the writer of Hebrews is talking about those who have sex outside of their marriage bed (heterosexuals), and also to the sexually immoral (any other kind of sex, ie. homosexual, heterosexual), who are not bound by marriage. Any form of sex that is not bound by marriage is a sin.

The only time it is lawful to have sex outside of the marriage bed is if one of the marriage partners dies and the other marriage partner re-marries. Paul stated this in his letter to the Romans in ...Romans 7:2-3 2"For example, by law a married women is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage. 3So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from the law and is not an adulteress, even though she marries another."...Now some men might be thinking, "Well, there just talking about women." Jesus Christ said in...Mark 10:11-12...11"Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another women commits adultery against her. 12And if she divoces her husband and she marries another man, she commits adultery."...This verse by Jesus Christ Himself makes it very clear that man nor women is to leave the marriage.

Jesus also spoke about divorce in...Matthew 5:31-32 31"It has been said, `Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce. 32`But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and any one who marries the divorced women commits adultery.'...Notice in verse 32 where it says ...except for marital unfaithfulness',...This is the only other time besides the death of one of the married partners that are grounds for divorce.

Another interesting verse that goes for married men and non married men is another verse by Jesus Christ...Matthew 5:28 `But I tell you that anyone who looks at a women lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.'...So unless you are married and you have sex with someone else or even lust after someone else you are committing a sin.

"For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander."
Matthew 15:19

In Matthew 15:19 Jesus speaks about sexual immorality, also along with some other sins. Notice here that Jesus Christ is not making a distinction between these sins. A sin is a sin. Romans 3:23 couldn't have said it better...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...It doesn't say, "Only a few have sinned' or `that group is worse off then this group." It says...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...

God is not a respecter of persons, He gives everyone an equal opportunity to seek His saving grace through His Son Jesus Christ. One of the most beautiful verses in the Bible is...John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."

A beautiful example of this love can be found in John 8:1-11

1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn He appeared agian in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around Him, and He sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a women caught in the act of adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this women was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the law Moses commanded us to stone such a women. Now what do you say?" 6This were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with His finger. 7When they kept on questioning Him, He straightend up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." 8Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9At this, those who had heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until Jesus was left, with the women still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and askes her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

11"No one sir," she said.

"Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."

Notice the compassion and love Jesus demonstrated towards this women who was an adulteress when He said in verse 11..."Then neither do I condemn you."...And afterwards He simply said..."Go now and leave your life of sin."...This command of go and leave your life of sin God has been saying to us since the foundations of the earth were laid. And far to often we do not leave out life of sin. But God did give us a way out when He gave His only Son as a ransom for us.

That if you confess with your mouth that, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:19

Anyone who confesses Jesus Christ will be saved, and that is anyone not the imaginary few that some people beleive. A sisn is a sin, and Jesus did not go around categorizing sin saying, "Well, if you did this or that you have no hope of eternity with Me." Or..."All of you homosexuals are going to hell, but you heterosexuals have nothing to worry about, I'll forgive you and you can live with Me in heaven."

The fact of it is, is that there is no sin great or small that God cannot forgive. As long as we come to the Lord Jesus with a repentant heart He will forgive us. It says in 1 John 1:9...If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteuosness...John is saying if we...he is using the plural "we" not the singular "I", therefore this verse is written to ALL who beleive, not a selct few.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

It is so sad when some people will take this verse and butcher it by making it say something it doesn't, such as, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that those chosen few who beleive in Him shall not perish, but all others will go to hell."

I have written this butchered verse as it ties in well with sexaul immorality. The consensus is, is that if you are a homosexual you will go to hell, but if you are a heterosexual you will go to heaven. This is not true. When it ocmes to sex God meant it to be one way and one way only, and that is between two married people, a man and a women, all else is sin. There can be no minimizing here for it is stated in...Hebrews 13:4 "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marrigage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adultere and all the sexually immoral." God said He would judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. God did not say He would "only judge the adulterer;" and God did not say He would "only judge the sexaully immoral;" and He did not say in this verse when He is talking about the sexually immoral that He was "only talking about homosexuals." What God was saying that anyone, heterosexual, homosexual, etc. who commits a sin outside of marriage would be judged.

Further proof of God's saving grace can be found in 1 Corinthians 6:11, but let's first read verses 9-11

9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexaul offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, your were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our Lord.

Verse 11 says it all. In verse 9 and 10 Paul was talking about all kinds of sinful people, and that in verse 11 these same people had given up there sinful ways and decided to follow Jesus Christ. When Paul was tlaking to the Corinthians he wasn't talking to just one select group of people, he was talking to a wide range of people whom had committed many various sins.

We must always remember Jesus came to this world to die for "everyone," and not for some select group of people. We have no right to judge our fellow man for it says in...Matthew 7:1-2 1"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Far to often people like to point out other peoples sins without any regards to their own, such as someone saying, "Oh he's a rapist, and that person is a thie, and that person is a murderer," and so on. In Matthew 7:1-2 Jesus warned against judging others, and in verse 3-5 He goes into more depth to these same people who are in the habit of pointing the finger at someone else. Jesus says...3"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,' When all the time there is a plank in your eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brothers eye."...

It is so sad that hypocrisy runs rapid in the church. When giving a sermon it should be a whole sermon, not a half sermon. Such as when a sermo is being presented on sexual immorality, the only sexual immorality being discussed is homosexuality. This is the kind of half sermon that I am talking about. If sexual immorality is going to be discussed then all forms of sexual immorality should be discussed and not just one kind. For when just one kind is discussed such as homosexuality you end up getting several people fired up but the others do not get fired up and there is rarely a spirit of conviction because this is seen as total hypocrisy.

We will end this study by taking a look at Romans 1:24-32.

24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator - who is forever praised. Amen

26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They became filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice tham.

Paul again is speaking about a wife range of sins. Although in verses 26-27 both lesbian and homosexual activity are condemned, we must remember that God only approves of monogamous, heterosexual relationships in marriage, condemning adultery before marriage and within marriage.

So, let us remember, that we should not judge others, and to first look at our own sinful nature, for as I have stated, "A sin is a sin."

"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
Ephesians 4:32

in Him we have redmption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of Gods grace.
Ephesians 1:7

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