October 17, 2014

1 Corinthians 6:13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

This whole passage, from verse 9 on, is under vigorous attack today. The saying that Paul quotes about the stomach and food seems completely modern, because it references genitals and sex, and it is no longer politically correct to imply that there should be any restraints on sexual activity. Even medically speaking, if husbands and wives have their first-ever sexual encounter with each other and then remain faithful to each other for life, STIs (they want to call them “sexually transmitted infections” now, because “diseases” seems condemnatory somehow) would disappear from the planet. And that doesn’t begin to take into account the emotional and psychological damage brought about by casual sex. Paul is very even-handed here, making no distinction between heterosexual immorality and homosexual immorality. The point is, immorality is ultimately destructive on every level, however exciting or physically enjoyable it might be at the moment. Our bodies were created by God for our responsible use and His glory. Anything else is destructive to us and to those around us, and is sin against our Creator.

It would be nice if I could say I had never strayed from the Biblical guidelines, but that would not be honest. However, the Lord has been remarkably faithful in protecting me in spite of myself, giving me a wife who has been suited to me in every way at the ripe old age of 20. I shudder to think how I might have gone had He not done so. However, I deal with people all the time who do not seem to have the same hedge of protection as I have had. I am not to be holier-than- thou toward them, but neither am I to gloss over the clear Biblical statements on the issue. As a pastor and counselor I am dealing with human weakness all the time, my own and that of others. I don’t have sufficient wisdom for the task but God does, and He will supply all I need if I will depend on Him. (James 1:5)

Father thank You for this reminder. As I tell couples in premarital counseling, society today is saturated with sex, and the pressures are unrelenting. Help me not only stand firm myself but also be a strength, guide and encouragement to others, so that the devices of the devil may be overcome and people set free to live as You intend, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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