Why Sexual Immorality Corrupts Differently Than Other Sins

Every sin is bad. Every sin corrupts. Saying a little white lie will send you to hell just as equally as a fornicating sin will. However, sexual immorality goes a bit deeper. Sexual immorality cuts to the core of humans in a way that other sins do not. The reason is simple: it’s intertwined with the heart and soul and mind, as well as with the body.  Not every sin is like that.  That’s what Paul means in 1 Corinthians 6:18 when he says that every other sin is outside the body, but the sexual immoral person sins against his own body.  To sin sexually, Paul might say today, means you are practically going to ruin your life (here on earth, not just in eternity).

John Calvin explains it like this: “[Paul] does not altogether deny that there are other vices, in like manner, by which our body is dishonored and disgraced, but that his meaning is simply this — that defilement does not attach itself to our body from other vices in the same way as it does from fornication. My hand, it is true, is defiled by theft or murder, my tongue by evil speaking, or perjury, and the whole body by drunkenness; but fornication leaves a stain impressed upon the body, such as is not impressed upon it from other sins.”

Sexual immorality has a way of tearing apart lives and relationships in a way that other sins do not. This doesn’t excuse other sins.  This doesn’t mean that obscene pride and outrageous lifestyles will not ruin a life.  O, they will!  But a plain reading of Scripture reveals this truth especially about sexual immorality.  Proverbs 5:8-11 teaches us, “Keep your way far from her [that is, the forbidden woman, v. 3], and do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless, lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner, and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed.”

There is hope amidst this dismal picture.  The good news of the gospel is that Christ’s blood has redeemed you.  Your sexual purity is a blood-bought gift that was purchased on Calvary.  Know that God owns your body, and he has made it for himself, for holiness.  What better incentive is there to kill sexual sin (as well as every sin)!

Sexual immorality will consume your flesh and your body and your heart and your mind in an all-together differently destructive way than every other sin.  Paul teaches that.  Proverbs does, too.  It’s all over Scripture.   Every other sin is outside your body.  Sexual sin is against your own body.  Flee sexual immorality.  Please, it will save you from ruining your life.

8 thoughts on “Why Sexual Immorality Corrupts Differently Than Other Sins

  1. One other thought for that (and one I had to preach on the other week) concerns adultery more specifically… it’s one of the few sins where you break other vows on your way to committing the sin itself. Considering how importantly God views covenant, vow, word, promise and pledge, I thought it was worth shining a light on that particular angle. Again, read the first few chapters of Jeremiah, or read Hosea, and get a sense of the language that God chooses to describe his relationship to his people – and the pain when they break faith… hideous.

  2. like whta if the marriage was already broken through abuse drugs wht do you do when you are developing your relation ship with God you have the holy ghost baptized in it and have fell in love with the other brother, and both of you ahve a better connection mentally spiritually and interlectually, and he helps build you up

    • I know this comment is like 4 years old, but for anyone reading (hopefully the original commentor) I will say this:

      The gospel is about healing. It is about fixing what is broken. It is about love. It is about self sacrifice. But above all, it is about these things being done by the supernatural grace and empowerment of God. Your marriage can be fixed…by God. You can love anyone…with God’s help. Etc. It might be hard but you must try to heal that which is broken with God’s help. It can be done. Trust Him. The Bible says, however, that if the unbelieving spouse decides to leave then the believer is free. But until then love and healing is all that matters. I hope things are going well for you. Things don’t always work out even if you try as hard as you can, but sometimes it’s just the trying that we need to experience to be healed ourselves.

      • Really in a nut shell if you will, it’s all about forgiveness! It hurts when your spouse or spouse to be have had an affair. Forgiveness is not about forgiven small insignificant things in ones life. It’s about those hard hitting things, such as matters of the heart, family maters, life matters, and most definitely about things you think that you can’t forgive. Matthew 6:15; if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthews 5:33; …. Thou shall not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths. Your marriage vows included for good or for bad! This is where forgiveness comes into the marriage. If Jesus can forgive and love you after your sins, aren’t we to do unto other in like manner. Anyone other than the your living spouse is adultery even in divorce. John 4:18; …. Thou has well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not is not thy husband …. You both vowed until death do we part!!!
        You alone can’t fix your problems, but there isn’t anything impossible for God to fix!!!

  3. Nonsense. Christianity is based on forgiveness and salvation through grace a sin (any sin) does not condemn one to hell. You are missing the most basic tenant of Christianity in favor of fundamentalist dribble.

    • Saying Christianity is based on forgiveness does not mean sin doesn’t condemn us to hell. It isn’t fundamentalist drivel, it is the gospel. Based on forgiveness why? God forgives what, then? Why does it need forgiveness? Why would God need to come as man to die if it wasn’t necessary for that forgiveness? I think it is probably you who is missing the basic concepts of Christianity here.

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