Summary: Sexual sin: 1) Is harmful to everyone involved (1 Corinthians 6:12a); 2) It gains control over those who indulge in it (1 Corinthians 6:12b); and 3) It perverts God’s purpose for the body (1 Corinthians 6:13-20).
This past week has given the world a preview of the demise of the entertainment industry. Charlie Sheen and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, as one commentator said, stood on its coffin and hammered in nails, one in Detroit (where Mr. Sheen was booed off the stage) and the other at Rutgers University (where the Jersey Shore actor was paid $32,000 for a speech about partying and tanning). Charlie Sheen, showed that behaving badly in the company of porn stars can draw an audience, who paid hundreds of dollars to hear his rants. As for "Snooki", the questions were asked as why is a university giving $32,000 to a fake-tanned, large-breasted entertainer to talk about partying? For the faculty of Rutgers to let this person to speak from the same dais as scholars is an affront to every person in the auditorium, especially to the students in attendance that worked hard and long to receive their degrees.
At one time entertainment was directed to people of all ages. But now, as the public has become more exposed to sex and pornography, the industry has lowered its standards. Gratefully, Mr. Sheen will soon run out of venom and fade away. As to the faculty of Rutgers, the stupidness of their decision to bring in Snooki as a guest speaker will surely cost them thousands of dollars in donors’ money from the parents of the students that are still enrolled. (Arthur Rubinoff, Toronto. http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/04/05/tocays-letters-hammering-nails-into-the-coffin-of-the-entertainment-industry)
Like many people today, the Corinthian Christians rationalized their sinful thinking and habits. They were clever at coming up with seemingly good reasons for doing wrong things. They also lived in a society that was notoriously immoral, a society that, in the temple prostitution and other ways, actually glorified promiscuous sex. To have sexual relations with a prostitute was so common in Corinth that the practice came to be called “Corinthianizing.” Many believers had formerly been involved in such immorality, and it was hard for them to break with the old ways and easy to fall back into them. Just as it was hard for them to give up their love of human wisdom, their worldliness, their pride, their divisive spirit, and their love for suing, it was also hard for them to give up their sexual immorality.
In 1 Corinthians 6:12–20 Paul shows three of the evils of sexual sin: 1) It is harmful to everyone involved (1 Corinthians 6:12a); 2) It gains control over those who indulge in it (1 Corinthians 6:12b); and 3) It perverts God’s purpose for the body (1 Corinthians 6:13-20).
Since "The Body is the Lord’s" we must avoid sexual sin for:
1) Sexual Sin Harms (1 Corinthians 6:12a)
1 Corinthians 6:12a "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). (ESV)
In dealing with the illicit behavior of the Corinthians, Paul confronts the theology on which that behavior is predicated. Instead of living as forgiven, holy, and righteous believers, they indulged in sexual and social sins.