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
June 1, 2014
PLANTED. . . In Community to Build Relationships
Designed for Intimacy
1 Corinthians 6:1-20
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.
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
Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12
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.
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
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.
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: