1 Corinthians 6:18-20 & 1 Corinthians 7:1-2
“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”
We are caught in the crossroads, “when it comes to what to tell our young people about fornication.” shacking up” or having sexual relations before marriage have become all the rage. In fact, things have gotten so screwed up that fornication has become common, instead of uncommon, like it was, a long time ago. We’ve changed. The problem for us though, is that God hasn’t changed. His Word is everlasting and his commands are non-negotiable. Oh! The good news is that God is a forgiving God. Even so, Christians and non-Christians alike, find themselves pondering over this matter. Honestly, most of us know right from wrong and what’s morally correct. Some of us even know that fornication is a sin. “Stuff happens, right?”
But, do we know that there’s another real good reason to save yourself for marriage, which makes it possible for you to honor the one in the Bible? Unfortunately most people don’t. It’s like this; You see relationships that stand the test of time have to be developed. During that development period, there’s a process that must take place and it’s implemented in phases.
Each phase is necessary, and dependent on the other, because individually they encompass different lessons, which are purposefully designed to teach lover’s how to love and cherish each other. Love is not a haphazard occurence , a mindless leap into lust, nor is it meaningless reckless abandonment. Instead, it is a well-defined and meticulous journey through a person’s heart and mind. In other words; in a relationship; “patience, passion and promise” are the most powerful characteristics of any notable union. Wow, I hate to say this, but people who think marriage or commitment is unimportant in the scheme of relationships, are mis-informed. They just don’t know understand and certainly don’t know what they’re missing, if they’re fornicat’n just because they can! Continue reading
I don’t care how old you are, you can learn something from somebody or from something. A man who goes by; TGO- and who identified himself as not a Christian, left a comment on an earlier post that I did. Part of his comment really made me think. He said; “To your point: preachers, like cops, belong to a sort of brotherhood. As such, they are careful not to criticize each other. That is to be expected. They are no different than you or I who protect our friends or family members against strangers, even when we know they did something wrong; it’s human nature.”
Man is he right. Boy; is that sad! “Talking about the truth hurting.” This is hurtful and shameful ,truth that cuts to the bone. In essence, policemen have their “Blue Shield” and men of the cloth have their “White Shield ,” which they use to protect and cover-up for each other, regardless of whether or not the person they’re protecting is in the right or in the wrong.
However, there is one major difference here. (Men of the cloth took vows, got ordained and accepted a call from God to lead his people). Now to believer’s this should mean something. And it should mean more than, reciting scriptures on forgiveness, every time a church leader falls. Scriptures on repentance, humility, guidance and consequences for one’s actions, should be inclusive. Because; there are God’s actions and then there are worldly consequences. And just because a perpertrator is a preacher, doesn’t mean that he should’nt be held accountable for wrongs.
But for many, that would be too difficult, to time-consuming and too much like right! Christian’s have a moral obligation to police God’s house, protect it, adore it, support it and keep it clean.
And to do this you have to be an honest and upright person. Even though it maybe easier not to demand accountability and humility, when church leader’s error and blatantly lead member’s astray; it’s wrong not to clean house! You don’t have to evict your leader, but he or she may need to step down depending on the situation.
1 Corinthians Ch3:16-17Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
- What is the relationship between a pastor and the congregation (wiki.answers.com)
- Good Friday and Passover under the same roof? (plymouthcongregationalchurch.wordpress.com)
- Rethinking Church: Part I (livingingraceland.wordpress.com)
- The Use of Hymns in Congregational Singing (5ptsalt.com)
- A Celebration of Joy and Hope (pibnazarea.wordpress.com)
- Eddie Long Saga – What About the Victims? (ssofdv.wordpress.com)
- Doing Nothing Without Him, but Still Serving Others Anyway (christopherscottblog.typepad.com)
- The Pastoral Role In Christian Marriage (onlywonder.com)
- Can a Pastor Build a Friendship with a Congregant? (andrewconard.com)
- Are you worn out trying to be a ‘good Christian’ ? (pocketpurposeblog.wordpress.com)