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July 6, 2014

 

Glorify God With Your Body

   1 Corinthians 6:12-20 

A company specializing in arranging discreet adulterous affairs recently released a study that seems to indicate Christians are more likely to cheat on their spouses than non-Christians. The study, resulting from an online survey of the company's clients, found that Christians of any denomination were over three times more likely to commit adultery than atheists. An official with the company stated that while atheists commit adultery at far lower than half the rates of their population, certain Christians are more likely to cheat due to their belief that "salvation through confession" allows them to be more permissive.

The idea that Christians use their faith to "get permission" to do sinful things is nothing new. Paul spoke forcefully and directly to the Christians in Corinth on the matter. "I have the freedom to do anything," he said, "but not everything is helpful. I have the freedom to do anything, but I won't be controlled by anything. . . . The body isn't for sexual immorality but for the Lord" (1 Corinthians 6:12, 13b). Yes, we have freedom, and we are no longer under the Law; but we cannot use that freedom to engage in sin, especially sin with such grave consequences as adultery.

We belong to God, and we have been purchased by Jesus' finished work on the cross. Therefore, we are to glorify God, even with our bodies. Paul says, "Don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don't you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don't belong to yourselves? You have been bought and paid for, so honor God with your body." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

  1. Do the results of this survey surprise you? Do you think the survey is accurate?
  2. How do you understand the freedom you have in Christ? What are you free to do? How does your freedom influence what you choose not to do?
  3. What individuals or groups help you remain accountable to your commitment to live for Christ?

Reverend Lou Hornberger is the pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania.

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