No matter how you disguise a lie, it is still a lie. You can dress up a pig in designer clothes, but it’s still a pig. We live in a society which has attempted to rename sin, but sin by any other name is still sin.
Fornication is nothing more than when one has sex outside of the bonds of a biblical marriage. Today, cohabitation (living together), is considered normal.
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 judged 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? Today, adulterers are the self-righteous hypocrites who are 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 (Matt 5:32 f; Mt 19:9). Jesus said, anyone who marries for the first time to someone who has never been married (man and woman), 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 7:2 f; 1 Cor 7:39). All other kinds 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 all such who indulge in such behavior 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, and such is the law of the land in many countries.
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 is worthy of death (Rom 1:32).
Conclusion: Sin, though properly disguised, is still sin. However, sin can’t be enforced by hypocrites who are committing sin themselves (Rom 1:1-4 f; Rom 2:21,22). It takes the perfect Word of God, and faithful Christians to be able to rid society of such sinful acts. Imagine a preacher who was living in adultery condemning gays and lesbians. Imagine a teacher who was committing fornication condemning abortion. This is what causes the Word of God to be blasphemed.
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, get back to speaking where the bible speaks, and being silent where the bible is silent, we will be no better than the ones we condemn (Eph 3:10 ff;1 Pet 4:11; 1 Cor 4:6; Rev 22:18,19).