Honest and Honourable?
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
It is fair to say that we live in a society that beliefs it is acceptable to do wrong as long as no-one gets hurt or you don’t get found out. This is the mindset of many people today. That is nothing new, people have always had a desire to sin and get away with the consequences. The Scripture above tells us that those who live a life of sin will not inherit the Kingdom of God. It is very important that Christian people do not adopt the same way of thinking. It is easy to be tempted by the way of the world. The enemy of our soul, the devil will tempt us to think that if everyone else is doing this then so can we.
However, we must not listen to the voice of evil. God has clearly said in His Word that the life of a Christian is, to be honest, and honourable. We are to be different in this watching world. Remember we are Christ’s representatives on earth. We are to be salt and light in the world. According to the passage, there are at least ten sins mention that shut us out of the Kingdom of God. Let’s take a brief look at each one and judge ourselves before God.
Fornicators – The first sin listed is the sin of having sexual relations with someone who you are not married to. The estate of marriage is the God-ordained institute to bring up children and expressing romantic love between a husband and wife. The phrase “to make an honest woman of” means for a man to married a woman he is having a relationship with. Marriage is honourable, marriage is based on an honest relationship. This is why fornication is such a serious matter in Scripture.
Idolater – The second sin mentioned is the idolatry. The Church at Corinth who were Paul’s original readers would have known a lot about this sin as the city was filled with temples to the false gods of pagan religions. Idolatry is not honest because an image is formed in the mind of a false god and one that is contrary to the One Holy and Almighty God of the Bible.
Adulterers – Paul goes on the mention the sexual sins of those who are married. Having an improper relationship with someone who is not your spouse when you are married is something that as been a problem in society for centuries. This behaviour destroys trust, breaks up families and causes much pain and sorrow. This is why God warns us about such behaviour. He does so by teaches us to protect our heart, to shield our eyes from lust and sinful passions. Marriage and family is the bedrock of society. Destroy the family and you destroy a good moral society.
Abusers of themselves – This is the practice of any behaviour that is outside of God natural design for men and women. God created them male and female. He created the male for the female and the female for the male. To go against God created order is to call him a liar. Those who commit this sin will not inherit the Kingdom of God because those who believe the Gospel must believe that God is true, and His Word is truth.
Thieves – Our English word kleptomania comes from a Greek word kleptes. It is this Greek word that appears here. A kleptomania is someone who takes things that do not belong to them. We all have that sinful desire to steal and take things that are not rightful ours. I will not insult your intelligence by explaining why this is not honest. When someone steals something they are saying that they are not happy with what they have and they want to gain by means that are not honourable. People who steal are often covetous and greedy. This is why is it important that we live differently from the rest of society. Our conduct ought to set an example of a godly and peaceable life.
As we are people who have been set from the controlling bonds of sin of faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross let us be people that show that transformed life in our daily business. The fact that we have been saved and forgiven from sin ought to cause us to express that change in such a way that the people around us notice that there is some distinct in the way we live.
After all, we are the people that God describes in verse 11 as, “washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”