Bible Studies for Life Lesson for March 14- When Immorality Comes to Church
March 3 2010 by A. Shane Nixon, Director of Church and Community Relations, Baptist Retirement Homes

Focal Passages: 1 Corinthians 5:1-2, 9-13; 6:15-20  

March 21, 2003, will stand in infamy as the day that a new phrase was introduced to the world: Shock and Awe. According to Wikipedia, “shock and awe” is “technically known as rapid dominance and is a military doctrine.” The writers of the doctrine, Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade, say it will “impose this overwhelming level of Shock and Awe against an adversary on an immediate or sufficiently timely basis to paralyze its will to carry on . . . (to) seize control of the environment and paralyze or so overload an adversary’s perceptions and understanding of events that the enemy would be incapable of resistance at the tactical and strategic levels.”

Sound familiar? It should. It’s exactly what Christians face, in a world such as ours. Specifically, sex has become something so constantly in the face of all who live in these times that it really feels like a war is going on.

In an “immediate and sufficiently timely way” we are all “overloaded” everywhere we look with sex — so much so that our “perceptions and understanding” render us “incapable of resistance.” We have become a society, both inside the church and out, where anything goes and nothing’s sacred.

Sexual immorality within the church is very difficult to cope with. Christians are called to hold each other accountable and sexual immorality is not outside that calling. Literally, in chapter 5, verses 12 and 13, the word “judge” is Krino meaning to “enter within a judicial contest with.” In essence, Paul is encouraging Christians to “call out” other Christians. We must walk the line between lovingly correcting and passively condoning church members’ immoral choices with the focus on bringing them to a life of grace and eternal salvation through our Lord and Savior.

Paul reminds us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps using his own shock and awe campaign, he asks the church in Corinth if he should “unite the members of Christ with a prostitute.” Even today, the language he uses shocks us and reminds us of the consequences of physical union outside of marriage.  

No matter how powerful it may seem, the shock and awe campaign we face in reference to sex has a very distinguishable difference from the military doctrine. The one who has launched the attack has no power over our Creator and therefore, no power over us. When Christians seek to unite with the Lord, we have victory over all things that tempt us … including sexual immorality.   
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