by Harley Howard

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Paul Answers the Marriage Crisis - 1st Corinthians Chapter 7 (16 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

The church of Corinth had written Paul about many areas of the Christian life. Paul now begins for the first time in his letter to the church to answer some of the concerns on the hearts of the Corinthian believers. The questions Paul answered in the 7th chapter had to do with the subject of marriage, or in their case, the marriage crisis.

Paul had spoken in chapter 6 on the dangers of sexuality outside of marriage. Then he turned to the duty of sexuality within marriage. It was possible that abandonment of marital duties on the part of some in Corinth had contributed to the immorality he had just described. I am convinced that whether directly or indirectly, this was probably true. It is definitely true today and the reason why I believe that it is true to both Corinth and the church today will be seen in the study.

Marriage was in terrible crisis in Paul's day and is in crisis today, whether you look in the lost world of men and women or whether you look in the church, crisis exists and God still has the answers if the church wants them. Fornication was part of the culture and of the largest and most popular religion. Any wholesale acceptance of fornication renders marriage to be in crisis and we, nor Corinth, are exempt from that crisis. Most marriages end in divorce and probably should have never been entered into in the first place. The high majority of these marriages are immorality-based, with fornication being the main rationale for the union. Now that would be bad enough just for our culture, but that is also true of the church and anyone denying this is duped. Our rates of marriage and divorce are at least equal, if not higher than the world, and probably for the same reason-fornication. Many Christian couples, if they were honest, would have never married their current mate once they realized that fornication i ...

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