Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Cor. 6:18-20)
From the sermon series "Family Business"
As we've been looking into this passage of Scripture on the biblical teaching of marriage and family, we've been using the analogy of a pair of scissors. We've seen Paul is very fair and balanced as he addresses the people involved in these relationships.
When people get married, they often say, "We have decided to "tie the knot." Given the numbers of people who are deciding not to tie the knot at the present time, I think that is an admirable decision.
I try to point out to them that when we think in terms of Christian marriage, it's not so much two people deciding to tie the knot as God deciding to join two people together. It's not so much a human decision as a divine action. Marriage is all about God joining two people together. I say this on no less of an authority than Jesus Christ Himself. In fact, He went even further, saying, "Whom God, therefore, has joined together, no man should separate!"
One of the highlights of my ministry has been officiating at weddings. Somehow God has always given me and others a blessing; I'm sure most preachers could say the same. Ceremonies run the gamut, from the sublime, to the ridiculous . . . everything from a classic dip to a "lip lock
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh"(Eph. 5:31).
That statement comes in the middle of some teaching that the Apostle Paul was giving the Ephesian Christians on the whole subject of marriage and family. You'll notice, however, that the quotation that he gave is incomplete because it starts out by saying, "For this reason"
What was it about life in the Garden of Eden that made it a paradise for those who lived there? How was life in that ancient garden different from life as we know it today? It was, no doubt, a beautiful place in which to live with no slums, no ghettos, no abandoned buildings and no