How to get kicked out of church: fornication

We've arrived at the last in the series but first in Paul's list from 1 Corinthians 5:11 What I meant was that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a Christian yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Don’t even eat with such people. NLT

Instead of making it long with the negatives, I'll keep it short by stating it positively.

Fornication is any act of sex outside of a marriage to one person of the opposite gender.

Here is the Greek on this.

1. illicit sexual intercourse
1. adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc.
2. sexual intercourse with close relatives; Lev. 18
3. sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; Mk. 10:11,
2. metaph. the worship of idols
1. of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to idols

For much more information I recommend the entry on sexual immorality in Baker's.

I also wrote a few posts on the topic while discussing the 7th commandment.


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