Jim Henry, Pastor
“God’s Unchanging Directions on Marital Relationships”
I Corinthians 8:7-16
We’re living in a world in which the family is in a great deal of trouble. We think we’re just having problems in America but what is happening today, is that Satan is on the rampage around the world. This rampage is directed, not only against the United States, but against people everywhere, because Satan hates everybody.
His target seems to be the home. In the very beginning God made the home; therefore, if God is going to be defeated (in Satan’s way of thinking) then Satan is going to do it through the home. He will do everything he can to hurt relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, people in the single life, and the widowed and unmarried. He’ll do everything he can to dissolve who you are, your relationship with God and other people. So, when we come to the Word of God, God has so wonderfully given us practical advice in order that we might stand firm.
We live in a day when all the philosophies that you could have ever dreamed of are coming to pass in our own age. We’re hearing things advocated today that 10 years ago no one with a clear mind and any sense of intelligence would have recommended. Yet, we hear today as if that’s the thing to do, and if you don’t do that, then you’re crazy. We are living in a world where the whole family structure is being attacked. Therefore, when we come to this letter in Corinthians, Paul is dealing with the church. He’s got a lot of tremendous things to say to help us be strong in the day in which we live. The Holy Spirit knew these things were going to happen. This didn’t surprise God. Times get worse and the Bible says, “they’ll wax worse and worse,” as Christ nears His coming again to earth. We can expect things to continue to unravel. But, for the Christian and for those who are seeking help, God has some wonderful words to say. Here in Corinthians 7:7 we are going to see how He deals with fo ...
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