1 Corinthians 6:18-20

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (NKJV)

“Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”


Many have used this passage as a condemnation against homosexuality. In the previous verses however, the context is harlotry and promiscuity– which are entirely separate issues to address. It is one thing to be very critical about following after lustful impulses without any intention of committing to a healthy monogamous relationship. It is certainly justifiable to be aware of unprotected sexual relations with multiple partners. It is also important for men and women to realize the consequences of unprotected sex. It is also damaging physically, emotionally, and spiritually to substitute love with lust and committed relationships for impulsive one night interludes and instant sexual gratification.

Adultery and harlotry speaks to the body’s immediate pleasure but there is no investment by anyone’s emotions or spirituality. Adultery and harlotry reduces the value of love as it was meant to be and reduces the value of intimacy. The body becomes a cheapened thing. The intimate acts of love with a partner become almost meaningless if they are shared so freely and openly without meaning or purpose or investment of emotion towards your partner.

Love is a sacred thing. The body that God has given you is a sacred thing. Why would you take away the specialness of love or think less of your own body by seeking lust rather than the beauty of committed love for a soul mate? Think about how fulfilled you would feel if you shared love with a person that had your whole well-being in their heart and mind and soul. Shouldn’t there be more to a relationship anyway than a sex act?

While we struggle to find fulfilling relationships, we need to be mindful that we deserve to be loved and not lusted after. We also have an obligation to love others rather than lust after them. We need to care about our bodies and we need to care about our health as much as we care about our relationships. We deserve love but we need to express love. But we need to express love… not lust.

This is a big difference than homosexuality. Homosexuality has its own risks and consequences. If you truly love your body and love your partner, you take into consideration the risks and consequences of unprotected sexual intercourse. You would also take into consideration what it means to truly love a partner rather than lust after multiple partners for instant gratification. If you are committed to a healthy homosexual relationship with a single partner, you owe it to yourself and your partner to practice safe sex, get tested for STDs often, know the risks, and be guided by love rather than lust.




About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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