“Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom”.
1 Cor 6:9, 10 EHP
Society is sick. We constantly hear reports of the sexual abuse of children – even whole groups of men “grooming” young girls so that they can violate them. Pornography is available on the internet. Human trafficking is taking place on a large scale in order to enslave young women for prostitution. The drug trade is flourishing despite the efforts of the authorities in many countries to stop it. There is moral decadence everywhere.
Paul’s attempt to take a strong line with the Christians in Corinth about their unchristian conduct, and to uphold Christian holiness, stems from his strong belief in the holiness of God. This conviction was carried over from his Jewish upbringing. So he set it out in no uncertain terms. Decadent life styles would cut people off from the kingdom of God. People indulging in gross sin would exclude themselves from the fellowship of the people of God and from fellowship with God himself. Paul did not play about with “making allowances” or excuses. For him sin was sin. God was holy and he expected his people to be. Christ had died to make them holy. And they had been forgiven for their previous sins. They must not slip back.
This emphasis of Paul is seldom heard today, despite the depth of degradation and decadence to which society has sunk and which, in some instances, has invaded the Christian community as well. See that your Christian community is positively holy.
Lord, make your church a holy people.