Does God Care About Our Sex Lives?
There is a common idea today that the God of the Bible only cares about the well being of our spiritual parts, but that He cares not-at-all about our physical parts. This comes to the forefront in the Western World whenever sexuality is brought up. Many people seem to have the notion that God either has nothing to say about sex, or that we can ignore what He says about sex. However, if God created human beings, then He knows how we best operate and how we were intended to operate. Also, if He created sex (see Genesis 1-3) as a good thing, then He gets to define any parameters that should be placed around it.
In I Corinthians 5, Paul speaks to the Corinthian church about their wrong ideas concerning sexuality and the Christian. They too thought that it did not matter what you did with your body, since the spiritual side of a person was what really mattered. It should be remembered that Paul is specifically speaking to Christians in this context, and he has a few choice words for their sexual laxity. He tells them to kick out a person who is calling himself a Christian, is involved in the church, and yet is flaunting his devious sexual actions for everyone to see. This man was obviously violating God’s design and designation for sex (I Cor 5:1-4) and was proudly doing so. Paul says that the church should “purge the evil person from among you” (I Cor 5:13).
Some might be shocked by this. Especially in a world where few people who claim to be Christians seem to take God’s words (the Bible) very seriously. But God says that when a self-professed Christian is acting like a hypocrite openly, they should be disciplined out of the church unless they repent and turn from their evil. Many people complain about the hypocrisy among Christians today, but then when Christians actually practice what Paul demands (disciplining the person out of the church for their sexual hypocrisy), the world often says the church is being judgmental. This is one reason that I Corinthians 4&5 has so much to teach Christians today. If Christians would follow God and worry about obeying Him and realizing that He will be their ultimate judge, the vacillating judgment and ridicule of people outside the church will be of little importance. Furthermore, in such a case, Christians would give the world little cause for the pronouncement of “hypocrisy” against the church. They may not like our new consistency, but at least it would be consistent.
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