Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 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?
1 Corinthians 7:1-2 The dictionary meaning of the word “fornication” means any unlawful sexual intercourse including adultery. Worldly standards or laws many times do not always line up with the Word of God. Societies throughout history and around the globe have embraced sexual standards that are called sins in the Bible.
In the Bible, the Greek definition of the word “fornication” means to commit illicit sexual intercourse. The founding fathers of the United States established many laws that were originally based on Christian standards and the laws of the Bible. Fornication is not just tolerated in our society but is actually being encouraged.
However, through time the United States has drifted far from these standards and at the present our moral standards are shocking the world. The sin of fornication is being committed even among Christians, as many couples “live together” and have sex before marriage. We have counseled Christians of the opposite sex who share an apartment and they told us they were not having sex so this surely wasn’t wrong.
The Bible declares these words in 1 Thessalonians -23: “Abstain from all appearance of evil.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our lives as Christians are a living witness to others and we cannot break the laws of God without hindering others from coming to Christ.
We must live our lives in purity before a sinful and wicked world.We should not be living according to their standards but according to God’s standard in the Bible.No couple should live together outside the bonds of marriage.Many say they live together before marriage to see if they are compatible, as they don’t want to divorce.This may sound like a justifiable reason for committing the sin of fornication, but in God’s eyes it is still sin.Statistics however, show that those who live together before marriage are more likely to get a divorce than those who do not.