We must “flee fornication” if we desire to be saved and remain saved (1 Cor. 6:18). The sexual capacity is a power for good. Like all such powers, it can be abused and misused. “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers (fornicators) and adulterers God will judge” (Heb. 13:4). Women must guard against wicked men, men must guard against wicked women, and all must guard against falling victim to temptation unintentionally.
We Should Flee Fornication Because…?
(1) It violates the purpose for which God made the body. God made food for the body and the body to receive food. He supplied an answer to all our normal needs. “Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body . . . .he that commits fornication sins against his own body” (1 Cor. 6:13-20). 1 Cor. 7:2-6 shows that our sexual needs are to be fulfilled inside of marriage, with God’s blessing. Fornication is rebellion against the purpose for which God made us. This is doubly true for Christians, who have been purchased with the blood of Christ to serve God in all things (1 Cor. 6:20).
(2) It destroys homes. God does not allow divorce and remarriage, except for fornication and death itself. Jesus said, “What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder. . . Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery: and whoso marries her which is put away does commit adultery” (Matt. 19:1-9). Woman is a precious thing to man, for she was a gift of God to man. Because she can be polluted by another man and bring seed into her husband’s family which is not his own, God gave man the permission, the exception of fornication (harlotry) to end his marriage and begin another one. This is what Israel did to God and God divorced her and married us today (Jer 3 f; Rom 7).
(3) It stirs the anger of God. When many Israelites committed fornication “with the daughters of Moab,” God commanded that they be put to death. He said, “Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel” (Num. 25:15). If the punishment seems horrible, it gives us some idea of how horrible this sin is in God’s sight! Today, God is still angered by such sin. He recorded Israel’s history as a constant reminder (1 Cor. 10:8-11).
(4) It will cause us to lose our soul eternally. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness . . . and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:1921). If we would be delivered “from the power of darkness” and translated “into the kingdom of his dear Son,” we must be “buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Col. 1:13 cf; 2:12). Christians who become guilty will be lost unless they repent and seek God’s forgiveness. Therefore, flee fornication or resist the Devil and he will flee from you (1 Cor 6:18 f; Jam 4:7).