Thursday, February 19, 2009

1 Corinthians, chapter 5

Society's views of sex today disgust me. Everything is okay as long as both parties consent to it. The traditions of marriage and monogamy are a thing of the past, reserved for close-minded individuals who have lost touch with reality. This is simply wrong. Paul had to deal with this 2000 years ago, so it is no surprise that it is still an issue today. Paul touches on this in chapter 5 of 1 Corinthians.

4When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord. – 1 Corinthians 5:4-5

Notice that he says that the man's sinful nature needs to be destroyed, not the man himself. Even in crusading against this immorality Paul still was focused on saving the man and driving out the sinful nature. He didn't condemn him as some would do. He does later say not to associate with men that are sexually immoral, but that is only so the sinful nature doesn't spread to others. We know from previous examples that Paul openly welcomes those who repent and turn away from immorality. Once again, he condemns the sin, not the sinner.

This is an extremely difficult attitude to have because of human nature. If we have been on the wrong end of sexual immorality, or any immorality for that matter, it is very difficult to forgive the person that wronged us. Not only does Christ exhibit a spirit of forgiveness in this matter, but we must be willing to submit to a spirit of forgiveness to those seeking it.

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