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Text: “Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body…Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” - 1 Corinthians 6:13, 18.

Comment: Fornication is sexual intercourse between two persons not lawfully married to each other. Any of such activity by the unmarried is known as “premarital sex” and there is no place for this act of gratification of one's bodily desires in the Holy Scriptures.

In ancient times, the Almighty God destroyed twenty-three thousand people in one day because of the sin of fornication. Saint Paul recalling this incident in his letter to the Christians at Corinth writes: “Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand” (1 Corinthians 10:8). Shechem, son of Hamor saw Dinah, daughter of Jacob who had gone down to see other maidens in the land and he forcefully took her in and humbled her. He committed the sin of fornication (Genesis 34:1-3). Again, Phinehas, the grandson of Aaron the Priest, was commended for his role against an Israelite, who, in the midst of the plague, with impunity, brought a Midianitish woman into the camp to defile her. (Numbers 25:7, 8). Many years later, the Psalmist stated thus: “Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed” (Psalms 106:30).

Apostle Paul warns believers in this wise: “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” – 2 Timothy 2:22. Earlier, King Solomon said: “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not”. – Proverbs 1:10. See also Psalm 1:1, 2.

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