Neglected Biblical Truths
Sexual Immorality – Part I
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:9-20
Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.
While our topic is sexual immorality, the first thing to note in today’s Key Verses is the other sins that are on the same list: idol worship, thievery, greed, being a drunkard, abuse, and cheating.
In other words, sin is sin to God. Some sins are more obvious, and some may have worse consequences, but in God’s eyes, one sin is no better or worse than another. Since we all have sinned against God, none of us have the right to judge or look down on anyone else.
The next thing is the validity of the Bible. Can we rely on the Bible as always telling the truth… truth we can stake our lives on?
According to Gallup Polls, only 20% of Americans believe that the Bible is the actual word of God, to be taken literally. More Americans, 29%, believe that the Bible is fables, history, and moral precepts recorded by man. If you are in the latter category, then this devotional and most of the others that I write are of little value to you.
Sins like idol worship, adultery, prostitution, stealing, greed, drunkenness, being abusive, or cheating people are truths that most churches do not neglect.
However, homosexuality is a neglected subject in most churches. This subject is a hot button in our society. It has not only become an acceptable practice, but it has also become a topic that our culture promotes. To speak of homosexuality as a sin is to get a “hater” label and perhaps face persecution as well as prosecution. Thus, many Christ-followers choose to simply remain quiet on the subject.
These days, on almost any subject there is hatred for those who disagree. Though true for many, most of us do not feel any need to hate those who feel differently than we do. I feel zero hatred toward homosexuals, I simply disagree that the Bible is wrong about the practice of it is a sin.
Jesus spent time with sinners, listening to them and showing them mercy. He accepted the person without accepting their sin.
Father, give me wisdom and love for all people. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.