When I grew up as a child of the 1950s and 1960s, truth was still truth, and a lie was still a lie, and there was nothing in between except hypocrites. Fornication was the sin of whores and whoremongers, adultery was the scarlet letter that marked one for life, and both were enough to disfellowship anyone from the church. Then one day I woke up to Sodom and Gomorrah where all the sins of the bible have been renamed, and the only one being asked to change was the one preaching against such heinous sins.
Fornication is nothing more than when one has sex outside of the bonds of a legal marriage; A marriage that is between a man and a woman and is legal in the sight of God according to His Word. Today, cohabitation, living together or shacking up, is considered normal among an evil society.
The bible called fornication a sin ever since God instituted marriage in the Garden of Eden. The bible calls all women who engage in fornication whores, and all men whoremongers. The children of fornication are called bastards. The scriptures instruct us that the bed of fornicators is defiled (Impure), and will be judge by God. Heb 13:4
When Jesus was upon the earth some 2,000 years ago, he called them an adulterous generation. I wonder what he would call this generation, where adulterers are the self righteous hypocrites who are now governing the body of Christ as elders, deacons, and preachers. Today, adulterous marriages are regarded as legally married as long as they have a divorce given to them by a court of law.
Adultery was defined by Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul. Mt 5:32f; Mt 19:9 Jesus said, anyone who marries for the first time to someone who has never been married (man and woman), they are bound for life. The only exception given by Jesus to man was fornication. Paul said that a woman was bound to her husband so long as he lived. Rom 7:2f; 1 Cor 7:39 All other kind of marriages are prohibited, and are not recognized by God as being legally married.
Homosexuality and lesbianism has been considered by God since the beginning of time an abomination. Today, they call such who indulge in such by a new name, Gay. In today’s society, such are regarded as normal as heterosexuals. They say they were born this way, and therefore should not be condemned. They say that they should be granted legal rights to marriage just like heterosexuals.
It is such sins as these which caused God to rain down fire and brimstone to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Call them gays, call them normal, grant them an illegal marriage, but God still calls them an abomination that are worthy of death. Rom 1:32
Conclusion: Sin by any other name is still sin. However, sin can’t be enforced by hypocrites who are committing sin themselves. Rom 1:1-4f; Rom 2:21,22 It takes the perfect Word of God, and faithful Christians to be able to rid society of such types of sins. The churches are corrupted with adulterers and adulteresses who have more in common with the wicked of this world than they do with the true saints of God.
Paul said, “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1 Cor 2:13
It’s true that this world is corrupt with those who have hidden themselves under the anonymity, and cloak of righteousness. If we truly want to clean up the world, and rid them of sin, we first need to clean up the church by getting back to calling biblical sins by biblical names. Only the Word of God, as our only source of truth can ultimately cleanse the world from decadence. Until the manifold wisdom of God, the churches of Christ, gets back to speaking where the bible speaks, and be silent where the bible is silent, we will be no better than the ones we condemn. Eph 3:10ff;1 Pet 4:11; 1 Cor 4:6