The following articles are related to the topic of FORNICATION

Is Lust Fornication?

The word "fornication" derives from the Greek term porneia, one of a cognate group of five words that together occur fifty-five times in the New Testament. The noun form is found twenty-five times, predominately in the letters of Paul. The word is generic in scope in that it refers to a variety of physical sexual acts between persons who are ... read more »

Some Questions about Divorce and Remarriage

The following questions deal with the general theme of marriage and divorce. Recently the view has been advanced that when two single people commit fornication, by that act they become married and must remain together for life. Would you respond to this? This idea is so absurd that one can only wonder how it ever saw the light of day. ... read more »

Is All Remarriage After Divorce Condemned?

There are numerous diverse views in the world of "Christendom" regarding the matter of divorce and remarriage. One novel idea is that the New Testament allows no cause for divorce and remarriage. This is the position of the Roman Catholic Church. A valid Christian marriage, if consummated, cannot be dissolved (as to the bond) by any human power or for ... read more »

Patricia Ireland on the Teaching of Jesus

For more than a decade, Patricia Ireland has been one of radical feminism's most vocal leaders. From 1991-2001 she led the National Organization for Women (NOW). In addition to her well-known struggle for the "right" of women to extinguish the lives of their unborn children, Ireland has been a vigilant defender of various issues pertaining to the homosexual agenda. As ... read more »

Corinth – A Troubled Church

The church in Corinth was afflicted with many spiritual ailments. One of these is discussed in 1 Corinthians 5. Let us consider this case. A Serious Problem (1-5) In addition to the division that plagued the Corinthian church, a moral cancer was eating away at its vitals. There was a "buzz" stirring the congregation because a brother was living in ... read more »

The Erosion of Marriage

According to a 2004 census, some 5,080,000 American couples are living together without the benefit of marriage. Several decades ago this practice was relatively rare and considered a sexual aberration; today it scarcely raises an eyebrow. Even in religious circles the walls of sexual restraint have crumbled. For example, according to a recent article in the New York Times, a ... read more »

Divorce and the Guilty Party

Every now and then it pops up again. I speak of the idea that when a marriage has been dissolved by a biblically sanctioned divorce (i.e., because of fornication - Mt. 19:9) the guilty person has as much right to remarry as the innocent victim. After all, it is alleged, if the innocent party is released from the guilty culprit, ... read more »

2 Corinthians 2:6 – The Sufficient Punishment

One of the problems which had afflicted the church in Corinth was that of the fornicating brother who was immorally involved with his stepmother. Paul had demanded that this wicked man be excluded from the fellowship of the church (1 Corinthians 5). There may be a passage in Paul's second letter to this church that relates to this episode. The ... read more »

What Is the “Gift” of Celibacy in 1 Corinthians 7:7?

Occasionally, when one of some years and experience believes he has heard about every devious manipulation of scripture that is possible, he must pause and confess that he has not. There is always a new, bizarre twist to some text. Let me introduce you to one of the latest that engaged my attention, resulting in an uncommon degree of dismay. ... read more »

What About Divorce?

"Consider the following case: John and Mary are married, but John has grown tired of the relationship. He has, to use his expression, 'fallen out of love' with Mary. He is not interested in another woman, he just wants to live the single life again. " John's attitude is like that of so many self-centered people in today's world. He ... read more »