This morning I heard a challenging message on 1 Corinthians 6. Dr. David Saxon, my teacher and friend, outlined 8 of Paul’s arguments from verses 12-20. Anticipating the potential “not another one of those sermons” attitude, he explained that if we live in this fallen world and that if we are human, we need the truths of 1 Corinthians 6.
- Control Argument (vs. 12)
- Purpose Argument (vs. 13)
- Value Argument (vs. 14)
- Fidelity Argument (vs. 15-16)
- Humility Argument (vs. 18 )
- Practical Argument (vs. 18 )
- Fellowship Argument (vs. 19)
- Lordship Argument (vv. 19b – 20)
He explained that Paul’s command to “flee fornication” is really about humility. In other texts, we are told to be “strong in the Lord” or to essentially stand up to sin and do combat with it. In this context, however, Paul’s advice is simply to get out of town!
Here’s a memorable quote from the sermon (may not be exact): “If you live in the world, you know that it is attacking your purity. But if you live in a monastery, you know that eventually you will attack your purity.”