Are You a Fornicator?
will the year anew mean for you?
The Firpo Files
(Sentinel, December 22-28, 2011)
no mistake about it, fornication is flourishing. It could be that you're caught up in fornication
yourself. If so, you certainly aren't alone. After all, fornication is fun. And with the new year approaching,
as the saying goes, ‘there's going to be a whole lot of shaken going on'! But, I'm writing to
help shake you to your senses.
Be warned, you and your fornicating
friends will only "enjoy the short-lived pleasures of sin," then it'll be all over. (Hebrews 11:25, Weymouth
New Testament) If, on the other hand, you're not a fornicator, read on anyway. God doesn't want you to become one. The
world is already overstocked.
But what exactly does fornication
entail? You may be surprised at the answer. And, on a personal note, I'm just the messenger. What I'll be quoting here was
written in the first century and beyond, way before I was born. Granted, although I'm beginning to gray a little, I promise
I'm not a few thousand years old. You can ask my mother.
Up: According to Insight on the Scriptures, fornication is "Illicit sex relations outside of Scriptural
marriage. The Hebrew verb za‧nah′ and its related forms convey the idea of
harlotry, immoral intercourse, fornication, or prostitution. ... The Greek word translated ‘fornication' is por‧nei′a.
Regarding the meanings of por‧nei′a, B. F. Westcott in his book
Saint Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians (1906, p. 76) says: ‘This is a general term for
all unlawful intercourse, (1) adultery ... (2) unlawful marriage.'"
word por‧nei′a is where we get the word "pornography."
Insight continues: "Bauer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament ... defines por‧nei′a
as ‘prostitution, unchastity, fornication, of every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse.' Porneia is understood
to involve the grossly immoral use of the genital organ(s) of at least one human; also there must have been two or more
parties (including another consenting human or a beast), whether of the same sex or the opposite sex.
(Jude 7) The unlawful act of a rapist is fornication, but, of course, that does not make the person
who is forcibly raped also a fornicator."
"The Greek for ‘infirmity' is malakia--a derivative of the word malakos
(‘soft' or ‘effeminate')--and means a sickness or condition that weakens or ‘softens'
the victim. At 1 Corinthians 6:9 one finds the only occurrence of the related word malakos in
Scripture. This clearly refers to a ‘soft' or ‘effeminate' man, the passive partner in a same-sex situation.
Whether Jesus is characterizing homosexuality--both male and female--as an ‘infirmity' of some
sort is beyond the scope of this [article].
is interesting to note, however, that up until the latter part of the 20th-century the American Psychological
Association (APA) considered male and female homosexuality an ‘infirmity' or mental illness. Additionally,
it may or may not be significant that Jesus mentions the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah--known
as centers for same-sex encounters in connection with malakia--just a relatively few verses
later at Matthew 10:1, 15." (Modern Matthew: Good News for Today.) Still, the Sodomites were still better
off than some whom Jesus preached to.--Matthew 10:15; 11:23.
Insight defines bestiality as "Unnatural sexual intercourse of a man or a woman with an animal. The Mosaic
Law emphatically condemned this perverted practice, sentencing the guilty person and the beast to death.
‘Where a man gives his seminal emission to a beast, he should be put to death without fail, and
you should kill the beast. And where a woman approaches any beast to have a connection with it, you
must kill the woman and the beast.'"--Leviticus 20:15, 16.
Together Before Marriage: "Living together before marriage is like a trial run of what
it is like to live with your future spouse," says one Web site. "The firsthand knowledge obtained
during this time can be beneficial. However, it can also lead to broken marriage proposals or act as a harbinger
for divorce. In fact, studies have found that people who live together are more likely to divorce than those
who did not live together before marriage." Why? Conditional "love."
Conclusion: Porneia is pandemic. So, "flee from fornication."
(1 Corinthians 6:18, New World Translation) Nowadays sex can kill. Stay right, and you have
nothing to fear in the new year. Also, keep me in your prayers too, why don't you.--1 Corinthians 9:27.
Peace and blessings to all. Amen.