Do Not Be Deceived

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 is just as relevant today as it was when it was written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit to the Corinthian church 2000 years ago. The Apostle Paul warned us there would be those who would deceive us regarding these truths - those who would attempt to avoid the plain teaching found therein. Those who would persist in sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, prostitution, homosexuality, thievery, greediness, drunkenness, slandering or swindling would not inherit the kingdom of God. There would be no exception. That is the negative part of Paul's teaching.

The positive part is his recognition that there were those in the Corinthian church who were saved out of the lifestyles he described - washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our Lord. In Christ there is a way out of these lifestyles. There is hope.

Strangely, in our day which seems inundated by homosexual propaganda, it is unpopular to speak of homosexual sin. Not so for Paul. He listed homosexuality along with several other sins and makes no exception. No one today is advocating that thievery, for example, is not a sin, but you can find any number of writings which would attempt to deceive us regarding homosexuality - arguing to remove it from the category of an offense against God.

Thank God, there is a way out through the Cross - through forgiveness and faith in Christ. No one needs to be trapped in a sinful lifestyle. There is hope.