Re:Verse reading–1 Corinthians 5 (day seven)

Paul begins 1 Corinthians 5 with a damning accusation: a seemingly powerful man in the church is sleeping with his stepmother.  We don’t know all the details of the situation, but we do know that Paul is flabbergasted that the church is not embarrassed by this ordeal. Unrepentant sin in the church is unacceptable, and unrepentant sexual sin (pornia in the Greek) carries an extra burden as Paul explains in the next chapter.

Flee immorality (pornia – sexual looseness). Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Those sexual sins directly alienate you from God in a way other sin does not, and Scripture pushes back on the church with a heavy hand when do not lead one another towards repentance.  May we confess all our sexual sin before God and be healed.

Author: Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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