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Designed for Intimacy (1 Corinthians 6:1-20)

Dennis R. Wiles, June 1, 2014
Part of the PLANTED...In Community to Build Relationships series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Dennis R. Wiles
FBC Arlington
June 1, 2014

PLANTED. . . In Community to Build Relationships
Spring 2014
Designed for Intimacy
1 Corinthians 6:1-20

CONTEXT

KEY ARGUMENTS PRESENTED TODAY REGARDING SEXUALITY
1. Your body belongs to you. You can choose to do whatever you wish with your body.

2. Sexual intimacy is available, accessible and encouraged. Considerations about morality or marriage are personal decisions and are not bound by any universally recognized truth or moral code. Even in the Bible there are numerous examples of great men who were polygamous and played by their own rules.

3. People are born with sexual attraction orientations. Gender is principally a psychological phenomenon and is a matter of choice.

4. Homosexuals are born with a same-sex-attraction orientation that cannot be altered.

5. The Bible does not really address “homosexuality” itself. The Bible primarily addresses two phenomena with respect to homosexual activity: heterosexuals committing homosexual acts or cultic practices in idol worship that included homosexual activity. Prohibitions in the Old Testament concerning homosexuality are just for Israel anyway. There is no universal truth in the Law and Christians have been set free from the Law. Further, the Bible never really addresses what we know today as homosexuality.

6. Jesus never addressed homosexuality. If it was such a sinful lifestyle, why did He never discuss it?

7. The “one-flesh” imagery in relation to sexual intimacy in the Bible is merely a reference to “kinship-bonding” and the Biblical references to “male and female” primarily focus on the sameness of human beings, not the complementary differences between genders.

8. Anyone opposing gay marriage or “gay rights” is a right-wing, homophobic bigot who needs to be silenced.

CLARITY

Four Resources
The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics, by Robert Gagnon
The Moral Vision of the New Testament, by Richard Hays
Can You Be Gay and Christian? By Michael L. Brown
God and the Gay Christian: A Response to Matthew Vines, Edited by Albert Mohler

Genesis 1:26-31; 2:18-25

Genesis 3

Genesis 9:4-7

Exodus 20:14

Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12

Leviticus 18

Leviticus 18:22; 20:13

You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. (NASB)

An “abomination” is something that is morally detestable to God.

Leviticus 18:24-30

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals . . . (NASB)

There are two Greek words used here that are very important to the conversation about homosexuality:

-malakoi – “soft” – this is a slang word for the passive partner in homosexual sex.

-arsenokoitai – “lying with a male” – this seems to be a word coined by Paul. It is a compound word in Greek and actually is the translation of Leviticus 18:22.

1 Corinthians 6:11

1 Timothy 1:8-11

Romans 1:18-32

CONCULSIONS

As followers of Jesus, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. We are to honor God with our bodies!

Participating in sexual activity results in a union that occurs through no other activity. The Biblical language used to describe sexual union is “one flesh.”

The only sexual union specifically blessed in Scripture is that which occurs between a husband and wife who are married to each other.

There are examples of polygamy in the Old Testament. It is characteristic of the royal and the wealthy. It is never blessed or affirmed. It is never portrayed as being prevalent throughout Jewish society. And – the New Testament clearly teaches monogamy in marital relationships.

Homosexuality is addressed in both the Old Testament and New Testament. In every instance, it is clearly and universally treated negatively. It is not restricted to just cultic activity characteristic of idol worship.

CHOICES

We have the right and the responsibility to choose how we respond to God’s revelation of His will and His desire.

Ultimately, we will decide whether or not we will participate in sexual immorality as we seek the intimacy God has provided.

As we engage others with whom we disagree about these complex issues, here are some simple reminders to guide us in our conversations:

-Learn
-Look
-Listen
-Latitude
-Love

1 Corinthians 6

6:1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (ESV)