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1 Corinthians 6:18-20 & 1 Corinthians 7:1-2

"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? 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? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband."

The dictionary meaning of the word "fornication" means any unlawful sexual intercourse including adultery. In the Bible the Greek definition of the word "fornication" means to commit illicit sexual intercourse. What constitutes unlawful sex? Whose laws do we live by? Worldly standards or laws many times do not always line up with the Word of God. The founding fathers of the United States established many laws that were originally based on Christian standards and the laws of the Bible. However, through time the United States has drifted far from these standards and at the present our moral standards are shocking the world. However, immorality is not only found in the U.S. but is a world-wide epidemic. Societies throughout history and around the globe have embraced sexual standards that are called sins in the Bible.

Fornication is not just tolerated in our society but is actually being encouraged. The sin of fornication is being committed even among Christians, as many couples "live together" and have sex before marriage. The Bible tells us to flee this sin. 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 5:22-23:

"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. Living together shows a total lack of trust in God and a failure to commit to Him the choosing of a mate. Christians who are living in this situation are out of the will of God and need to repent and seek God as to whether this person is the right one for them. If it is God's will for them to be together they should marry. Otherwise, they need to change their living arrangements.

As Christians, the goal of any relationship should be to cause the people in our lives to love and know the Lord better. Living together is shameful and selfish as the parties do not care what others think or how they might affect their families and others. They are living to please their own lust and selfish desires. This type of life style is destructive and especially so for children whose parents are living a bad example before them. No wonder our children are confused about right and wrong when parents degrade the sanctity of marriage by living together out of wedlock. How can living together cause children to love and honor God when their parents break the laws of God before them because they are lustful?

Young people today need to be taught to abstain from sexual intercourse and remain pure virgins before marriage. So many problems in marriages today stem from the fact that they are not virgins when they marry. Young people are bringing wounded emotions and diseased bodies into their marriages because of prior promiscuous affairs. STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) are so widespread that the statistics are shocking. There are 12 million new cases of STDs annually in the United states and 67% of these occur among persons under the age of 25. In fact, every year one out of six teens contracts an STD. 100,000 to 150,000 women become infertile each year as a result of STDs.¹ Others endure years of pain as some of these diseases are incurable. What a tragic price to pay for sexual sins. The Bible is right when it says fornication is a sin against one's own body.

The sin of fornication is not only defined as illicit sexual intercourse between those who are not married but also is an umbrella for other sexual sins as well. The Bible also speaks of the sin of incest as fornication in 1 Corinthians 5:1:

"It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife."

The Bible also lists whoremongers as fornicators in Revelation 21:8:

"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

All prostitutes and pimps are fornicators. Couples who just "live together" according to the Bible, are committing the same sin that ****** commit. Singles who "make love" fall into the same category. Just because society has accepted this type of living does not make it right. The Bible must be our standard of what is right and wrong. We must change our standards if we do not want the wrath of God to fall on us. God hates sin but He loves the sinner. If anyone repents and calls on Jesus today He will help them to come out of any illicit relationship and heal them of all past hurts and even heal any disease that they may have contracted.

God gave us the laws in the Bible for our good. They are not meant to deny us any good thing but they are given so we can enjoy the proper sexual relationship in the proper time. If we obey the words of the Bible and "flee fornication" and glorify God in our bodies, the Lord will bless us beyond what we could believe.

Psalm 145:17-21: "The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever."
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well... as a male 17 yr old, i know how this area can be a real struggle, and i've had first hand experience!

thankfully, god is working inside of me, and i'm winning the battles :)

still... info like this can be a huge gelp! thanx!
i know that true love is probably waiting out there, but its so easy sometimes to lose sight of what god has instore for you.... i often fall into the trap of living for today, rather than for the future....

i'm sure others have the same problem!?!
The word fornication in the bible translates as porniea
As you can see from the word porn-iea is when it is sexual imoral
Is it wrong if two people are in love to make love
Does it not say in the begining two people lye down and they are married
As most marraiges break up now a days and Christ did say people of this world marry and people worthy of the resurrection bond like angels
Has the word fornication been used by the church to make people feel like sinners for doing somthing that god intended in the begining
Else why would he have made us to desire the opposite sex
Are we infact as a people due to marriage and lust for each other leaving our responsabilities as caretakers of this planet
Where as if we did bond like angels as intended by christ we would be like the fish in the sea and more free to help teach each other
Without fear that a partner will get jealous
Especialy in the uk people fear lust which makes it far worse instead of realise it is a natural course of life that god has made us with not that it came from the devil
As christ said we have control over the devil and god made sex
yet in modern day socity it is impossible not to see a photo some where that makes you lust as that is the idea of the marketing behind it
So if we do marry what are we surposed to do take about both eyes as i doubt many can resist not lusting at some point
awesome words, dude. "no temptatiopt what is common to man. but God is faithful, and in all cases He will provide a way out." just look for it.

pray for me and all of us as we choose this day whom we will serve.
will it be our flesh or our spirit?
you make the choice whether you realize it or not,
so make the right one

That's an excellent post with excellent verses. The other day, I went on a lengthy debate with someone who thought pornography wasn't wrong. After about 13-15 straight verses that pointed out sexual immorality, lust and adultery issues, all the person did was say that they were misinterpreted and that it didn't mean what it does today in the modern society. We have to remember that God takes it seriously and that we shouldn't be chasing after something just to gratify our own unrestrained cravings of the nature/flesh. We no longer live hedonistic lifestyles and therefore, must flee from sexual temptation or ANY temptation for that matter. We all make mistakes and will continue to fall on our knees but there's a difference between "Knowing that it is wrong and not doing it" and "Knowing that is is wrong yet still doing it for the sake of gratifying our own self instead of God." When a person looks upon another person with lust in their eyes, it triggers the mind with those immoral thoughts. God looks at your heart and sees it, there's no hiding. A great example of a person who looks at a woman only to lust after her, thus committing adultery with her in his heart FIRST and THEN committing adultery in physical action...is King David. The issue with him and Bathsheeba. The fact that Bathsheba was Uriah's wife and David slept with her displeased God and so he struck the child that was born from their "dirty" union.

"But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." - Matthew 5:28

"Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” - 1 Corinthians 6:15-16

A person who sells their body for sex is called a prostitute. The stars of pornography basically do the same thing and so, they're no different than prostitutes except the whole filming/acting/dressing deal. So then, that covers the issue of pornography being sinful which is also at the same time, fornication/premarital sex.

Ezekiel also has a good story about the two adulterous sisters. Regarding that, it shows how much wrath there is towards that from God.

I think the whole deal with people catching diseases from fornication IS the punishment for their crimes, like you said Chad. However, people don't think about the consequences and go with pleasure first. They pour the damage upon themselves by provoking injustice.

"For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery," - Mark 7:21

"Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body." - 1 Corinthians 6:18

"But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people." - Ephesians 5:3

"It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;" - 1 Thessalonians 4:3

"In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire." - Jude 1:7

"Similarly, encourage the young men to be selfcontrolled." - Titus 2:6

"It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live selfcontrolled, upright and godly lives in this present age," - Titus 2:12

"Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be selfcontrolled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed." 1 Peter 1:13

"Be selfcontrolled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." - 1 Peter 5:8

The Bible sure does stress sexual immorality and self-control. But the Bible also talks about the passions of men and that if you lack the self-control, you should marry. After all, sex WAS created to be shared between two people only; husband and wife. God created Eve for Adam. He didn't create Eve, Jackie, Maria for Adam.

"But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife's body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of selfcontrol." 1 Corinthians 7:2-5

"But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion." - 1 Corinthians 7:9
I use to commit alot of fornication in the past times, but after a while, GOD is the one who changed me and now i am married to a wonderful woman, people change, its not hard to change, gotta do what you gotta do, but make sure its something GOD and Jesus christ will respect.

Fornication is for the weak tho, people who cant control thierself. War is also for the weak, but thats another story.
Ledgendary ... is it a sin to be weak ? Is it a sin to struggle with sin ? How is war also for the weak ? Help me understand . BROTHER
Ledgendary ... is it a sin to be weak ? Is it a sin to struggle with sin ? How is war also for the weak ? Help me understand . BROTHER

What i mean is, not weak like in weak. The flesh is weak, but people make too many excuses when doing something wrong. We all have sin, we all have become weak, we all have habbits, but i am really tired of hearing excuses.

So i think when a person knows the truth, but yet commits adultery, thats wrong and thats not fair to GOD or Jesus christ. So weak to me, is unrighteousness. Same as war, people are actually dying and fighting for nothing.

How hard is it for people to understand peace? I laugh at the world for this, laughing into tears.
The bible teaches us that all have fallen short of the glory of GOD , and that our own righteousness is as filthy rags before GOD in heaven . Are you saying that we are all weak , even yourself ? Or are you saying that you can obtain you're own righteousness by works ? Was JESUS CHRIST dying in vain ? Or was his shed blood on the cross needed for redemption of all sin ?
And if it was needed , then why was it needed , and how did he fulfill the law by offering himself as a sacrifice for sin ? BROTHER
Yes we all have fallen short of GOD, but we all must change at some point in our life, i can say that i can control myself better then half the people living in this world, and if i can do it, others can do it.

I have many friends that make excuses for thier actions. They say they believe in GOD, and they also say they believe in Jesus Christ which is the Son of GOD, and they say they believe in the bible, but yet they continue with the acts of fornication or other unrighteousness.

Then they would say: Only GOD can judge me

Which is true, but do you see and understand what they are trying to do, haha. Its hard to change, believe that, but its not impossible. All things are possible with GOD, and Jesus Christ made this clear.

He didnt say all things was possible with himself or with the disciples or with noah or moses, he said that all things are possible with GOD. Its a shame that people make excuses, but i cant really worry about other people , i can only worry about myself, people aint stupid, they know the laws and commandments.
iv'e pondered the thought of fornication vs. waiting until marriage. This coming from someone who is no longer a virgin and already has a baby out of wed- lock. I have experienced and learned first hand of the pains that fornicating can bring. I'm making a vow to change. My question to God was, is it really possible to wait for marriage in this day? most people arent going to wait around to long if the relationship doesnt seem to be going to that next level eventually. they wont even consider marriage without first seeing what they are getting into. I know thats the worldly way of thinking, and we as believers have to think outside of the box on a spiritual level. I guess it also ties in with trusting God to send the right one and choose a mate for you. Why would he command you to do something that wasnt possible? So it must be possible. I'm a single mother with a son. I am raising a man. Im a woman. I cant imagine what its like to be a young boy growing up in a broken home without a father present and what type of affect that may have on my son. Hes only one now, and i pray that God sent me a husband that will be a great father figure for him. no matter what, i will do the best I can to raise him to be a good man of God. Im upset with myself for subjecting my son to this situation. yet, i have faith that things will work out in the end, and for the best for us. The trouble that fornication gets us into. My fornicating not only affects me now, but also my son.