The most common reasons given for divorce today, outside the church, are lack of compatibility, money issues, lack of intimacy, adultery, physical appearance, addictions, getting married at an early age, or married for the wrong reasons… Always in the top five for reasons for divorce, both inside and outside the Church, is the lack of intimacy and, yes, that is part of the “Do Not Deprive” in verse 5 that we talked about a couple of weeks ago. But there is more to intimacy than that, though that is a good part of it.
However, in our culture today many see divorce as a positive solution to a troubled marriage. Harvard sociologist Armand Nicholi III concluded, “Divorce is not a solution, but an exchange of problems.” It is the exchange of one set of problems for another.
What is being asked here is: should Christians have sex? Which I will answer now, Yes! But, let me qualify that, within the covenant of marriage! With all of what Paul could have wrote in the first letter (5:9) about sexual immorality I am sure there were those thought that sex was a necessary evil intended for procreation. But sex is to be enjoyed in the context of the husband/wife relationship. There, specifically, it is a gift from God.
Our culture treats sex way too lightly, tv and movies – the whole of the entertainment industry – make it into something that you just do for fun or sport! Casual sex is promoted and deemed natural with people changing partners like we change clothes! But God created sex to be within the bounds of Holy matrimony! We as His people are not to even look at what does not belong to us…
Humanity as a whole is lost in ignorance, having been deceived by the enemy into believing that “I” am to be first, that “it’s all about me,” that they should have all they want, that they deserve better (Philippians 2, Hebrews 13:5). We are manipulated on a daily basis into believing what we are told, that is easily done if you have no foundation, no knowledge of Truth, or are only hearing one side.
But we cannot judge with an attitude of superiority. Thinking that just because we are saved and sanctified, God’s Children, that His word does not apply to us. When we practice sexual immorality with porn, when we make racial slurs, or judge another just because of their race, that is sin and it must be addressed, dealt with, and removed!
1 Corinthians 5:1-8 Before we get started today we need to take a look at the difference between the ceremonial laws & moral laws God had, and… Read more “Scandal: Sexual Immorality 6-24”
We need to be fools for Christ without the provocation they experienced, we need to be God’s Church, God’s People, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, we need to be Connected, living in Community, building relationships with God and one another; unconcerned for the world’s ways, wisdom, and wants, “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” So lets be connected in our foolishness.
As a Christ follower, a Christian, a Believer, you are made a part of God’s Church and each of us are given responsibilities in His Church. Your responsibility goes way beyond singing a few songs, prayer, placing some money in a box or plate, and holding down that pew for an hour and a half or so when you are here.
Through God’s wisdom we are brought back into the community of God; we are again given all that we need… not because of anything you or I did, but because Of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ and Him crucified!
As believers, the foundation you have is vital both now and for eternity. Believing God, walking in His wisdom, and submitting to the Spirits influence and leading enables you to build on the solid foundation that is Jesus Christ. As you base your life on Him you are building a temple in which the Spirt of God is and will reside.
At the moment of sanctification we receive the Holy Spirit. God’s Word tells us that believers are indwelled with the Spirit, that He moves into our hearts, that He enables us to live as believers and Christ followers.