1 Corinthians 5-7

"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, not adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God."          I Corinthians 6:9-10, RSV  

I'm just going to say it: Many individuals and even some called churches have rejected this teaching. In my country - the very nation that was started by men and women who knew that it could only survive as long as her people would remain true to God - we are rejecting these teachings. We are saying that God was wrong, that people involved with some of these very sins are not only not sinners, but that they are honorable. Further, anyone saying different is evil and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

So be it! But that doesn't change for a moment the fact that all Scripture, including this very passage, is inspired by God. People who are involved with these sins and who refuse to repent will not go to heaven! This is not man's teaching, but Christ's.

You don't believe that? Perhaps you have been beguiled by modern day "preachers" who say that Paul's teachings don't count, that only the direct quotes of Jesus are important. Do they really want to play that game? I wonder if they know that Jesus never mentioned grace during His ministry here on earth. Only through the teachings of the Apostles (primarily the Apostle Paul) do we learn about God's saving grace.

Do you still want to insist that you will only accept the direct teachings of Jesus? That's okay, because the entire New Testament is just that! Jesus commanded His Apostles to not only make disciples, but to teach them to obey everything He commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). That's what the New Testament is! So, in reality, Jesus did teach on grace... and He did teach on these sins that you just read about!

So, let's say you are now convinced that the passage above has the authority of Jesus Christ (which, of course, it does whether we accept that truth or not). Let's say that you are involved with these sins, or have been in the past. Is it too late for you?

No! That's why the Good News is called the Good News! God did not just leave us lost with this passage. He gave us a path back to Him! That's why the Holy Spirit further inspired Paul to say this:

"And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." I Corinthians 6:11, RSV 

Do you see? We were all sinners! But we were washed (baptized). We were sanctified (by the Holy Spirit). We were justified (through faith and by Jesus Himself). That's what the Scripture says. Please don't take my word for it - search out these truths for yourself.

Now we see that even those of us who have been involved in such sins as these can still have a second chance. But we have to give them up or we cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The Bible has no other teaching! Jesus has no other teaching! Does your preacher? Do you?

"Do not go beyond what is written."  I Corinthians 4:6, NIV 

While I include commentary to go along with each day's study that I believe to be consistent with the Word, please do not take my word for it! You are studying to find God's commands not man's opinions.