1 Corinthians 7:1 | August 26

1 Corinthians 7:1

Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Paul shifts gears here a little bit.  Although he was talking about fornication in the church, he addresses the subject of marriage, and he begins by saying it is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Those who are enemies of Christianity like to take verses such as this and say, “See how narrow, and strange, and weird Christians are!”  But this verse is not the end of the story.  Paul is addressing how to avoid fornication and sexual immorality.

Notice the things whereof ye wrote unto me. There was correspondence happening between Paul and the local church.  We do not have the letter to him.  If that letter were to be found today, while it would be interesting, it would not be considered Scripture.  The canon of Scripture was closed after John wrote the Revelation.  We have all of God’s Word preserved for us (the doctrine of the preservation of Scripture).  Therefore, what Paul will address when it comes to marriage is all that we need.

Does Paul mean a man must practice celibacy? We must read on to find out.

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