by Shane Skelton

Do sexual sins have greater consequences than other sins in Scripture?

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Yes. Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-20

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

Listen to a young man give his testimony,

“Pornography’s hold on me grew stronger as I grew older. The effect this had on my sexual life was always obvious to me, even when I was unable to see it through the eyes of the Holy Spirit. One effect it had on me that I was unable to see until I was well on my way to recovery was my inability to be intimate with others. Godly sex is an extension of the intimacy between a husband and wife. Worldly sex is a perverse, destructive form of self-gratification. I remember sitting in my Pastor office one evening when he said something that opened my eyes. He told me that whenever we sin sexually we’re hurting our very souls. I Corinthians 6:18 says, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.” The way we treat others is a mere reflection of how we feel about ourselves. When we allow sexual sin to pollute us we’re damaging our image of ourselves to the point where we may lose sight of who and what we are in God’s world.”

Here are several reasons sexual sin is so grievous in God’s eyes:

It violates the first human social structure God Himself gave to man – the home with faithful marriage between a man and a woman, causing great sorrow. (Genesis 2; Matthew 19:3-6; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Hebrews 13:4)

Remember, marriage is not a social contract originated by government or the church, but was ordained by God Himself in the Garden of Eden

The “one-flesh” principle relates to an intimacy of relationship. Sexual activity outside of God’s created vehicle inhibits our ability to find intimacy and satisfaction in any relationship, and leads to cynicism. (Genesis 2:24; 1 Corinthians 6:16; Matthew 19:3-6)
The body is to be pure. Sexual sin violates God’s command for purity. (1 Cor 6:13; 1 Peter 1:14-16)

It breaks the imagery God gave us of the eternality and intimacy between Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:31-33; Revelation 21:9). It is no surprise that those from broken or abusive homes, as well as those who have suffered as victims of abandonment, abuse or marital infidelity struggle with believing God truly loves and cares for them. He chose the picture of marital fidelity to illustrate our eternal security, so our breaking covenant causes us to doubt God’s covenant with us.

It is not possible to walk in the Spirit when we are fulfilling the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-24; Matthew 15:19; James 1:13-16)
Look at the language Scripture uses in relation to sexual sin:

Fornication – from the Greek word “pornea” from which we get “pornography”. Fornication is any sexual activity outside of the God-Ordained bounds of marriage. (Romans 1:29; 1 Cor 5:1; Ephesians 5:3) It is also used to illustrate an individual forsaking God or following after idols (Isaiah 1:2; Jer. 2:20; Ezek 16:1)

Those who pursue sexual sins are “void of understanding”; that is, they are fools! (Proverbs 7:7-27; 9:13-18; 26:1-12;
Sexual sins result in sickness and disease. (Romans 1:27; Exodus 15:26) The man or woman who follows God’s plan for sexual intimacy does not fear sexual disease. Some of these judgments are intentionally placed on them as a plague from God (see Isaiah 3:16-24; Colossians 3:5-6)

Special mention is given to judgment on sexual sin in Scripture (see Jude 1:7; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Ezekiel 16:50; Deut 23:17; Genesis 19; Leviticus18; 1 Kings 15:12; 2 Kings 23:7)

God’s Word specifically commands sexual fidelity (Ephesians 5:3-5; Colossians 3:5-6; Genesis 2:24)

by Shane Skelton

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