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What Is Fornication

What is Fornication? In 1 Corinthians 6:18; Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. So, would the acts of GLUTNY & DRINKING TO EXCESS be viewed as Fornication,

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Fornication isn't the same as Adultery!

God Bless
---Shawn_M.T. on 3/23/09

I think I understand some time,
but is fornicators and adulterers the same
---mary on 3/22/09

Yes they are! Anything that defiles your body is considered fornication. 1Cor.6:19 say; your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and is not your own. There are many ways to defile your body, other than the one way that most Christians interpret fornication.
---Xi on 12/11/07

phil the elder. How can fornication only be between single people when Jesus himself told married people you could get divorced if there was fornication in your spouse? You can't get divorced unless you are married and so married people must be able to fornicate.
Show us some Scripture that proves fornication is only with singles.
---john on 4/13/07

Fornication (pornia) is "illicit sexual intercourse". It is, IMO, a word consistently taken out of context as we interpret it through our own cultural lense. I would like to see a Biblical illustration that definitively shows this word refers to "sex between unmarried singles". It does not, IMO! If we interpret "fornication" and "adultery" through our cultural lense, 8 of the 15 men and women of faith in Hebrews 11 were unrepentant fornicators and adulterers. :o
---George on 4/12/07

From Easton's Bible Dictionary:

Topics: Adultery

Text: conjugal infidelity. An adulterer was a man who had illicit intercourse with a married or a betrothed woman, and such a woman was an adulteress. Intercourse between a married man and an unmarried woman was fornication. Adultery was regarded as a great social wrong, as well as a great sin.

So it can only apply to sexual relations.
---Phil_the_Elder on 12/27/06

Lust Is a deadly sin as it causes us to be turned away from God& lose our grace. Fornication is a bye product of this sin.The other 6 are Pride covetousness anger envy glottony & sloth.
---Emcee on 12/27/06

Carla5754... In reading all of 1 Corinthians chapter 6, you should be able see how fornication is more than just being brought under the power of sex. If you look at the latter half of 1 Cor.6:12 it states; all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. So, if you are brought under the power of eating or drinking to excess that would be consider fornication because it is defiling the body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
---ShawnM.T on 12/26/06

The act of Procreation given by God as a licence to 2 people is for His benifit to produce for His glory.It is a sacred trust with which we are empowered.The reward of that act is derived pleasure.Any advantage not within the bounds of this licence is Sinful because you are stealing what is not yours.God made One man & one woman.This disobedience is fornication.sinful & unlawful& abhorrent to God.Sodom & Gomohhora was an example of Gods anger to such deviant lifestyle.
---Emcee on 12/23/06

Carla. If you read the many previous answers with the Scriptures quoted you will see that married people are fornicators just as much as single people.
---john on 12/23/06

R ,If a person looks on another to lust they have already committed adultery in their heart .Petting and necking destroy the innocence one wants in marriage and can lead to giving in more and more .It is not worth it .
---linda7548 on 12/24/06

How would acts of gluttony and drinking equal to Fornication? Fornication is sexual Intercourse with a person one is not married to.
---Carla5754 on 12/23/06

Hi, may I ask if making out and french kissing and carressing with your boyfriend or girlfriend is considered fornication and corruption, eventhough they are very much in love.
---R on 12/23/06

Lots of good points being made here but you can't rope fornication into one thing. 1Cor.5:1 includes taking your fathers wife as fornication.
1Cor.7:2 To avoid fornication let every man have his own wife. Is this to avoid him becoming a harlot? No, to avoid himself burning in lust.
---john on 12/22/06

#1 The Greatest thing about communing through these Blogs is that we, the body of Christ, are able to share the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord, which has been revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. These testimonies of salvation are what make sharing & learning the word of the Lord glorious. Because we are all coming form different places, but are looking to go to the same place which is in Christ.
---ShawnM.T on 12/22/06

#2 I thank everyone for their worldly definitions, but I do not seek the things of the world, but only the things of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, if anyone wishes to communion about this matter of Fornication with me in the Spirit, let me say, I thank you & God Bless.
---ShawnM.T on 12/22/06

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[3] So the total is either 25 or 26 (depending upon your text); and *NOT* counting where KJV uses phrases "committeth..." or "commit fornication" (1Cor.6:18; 10:2, etc.) to translate a VERB or NOUN ('fornicator'; which are slightly different Greek words) as it also does many places in Revelation.

The related VERB 'porneuO' (porneuw; Strongs# 4203) occurs in: 1Cor. 6:18; 10:8; Rev. 2:14,20; 18:9. [Cont.]
---danie9374 on 12/22/06

[4] If you wish to consider those who ARE fornicators, that Greek word is: 'pornos' (pornoV; Strongs# 4205) which includes: 1Cor. 5:9ff; 6:9; Eph. 5:5; 1Tim. 1:10; Heb. 12:16; 13:4; Rev. 21:8; 22:15; to which, you'd also have to add: 1Cor. 6:15f; Heb. 11:31; Jas. 2:25; Rev. 17:1,15f; 19:2 for the feminine form 'pornE' (pornh; Strongs# 4204) which is consistently translated 'harlot' or 'prostitute' in all versions.
---danie9374 on 12/22/06

To commit fornication is to act the harlot. It's a covetous attitude that attempts to buy or sell that which is meant to be freely given in love. It's a way intermingling the Fathers' truths with religious traditions, precepts & customs of the world that originates from a greed for gain. It's Idolaty in the sense of lusting to possess, revere, pay homage or give honor to a tangible object based on a sensual perception of the object, leading to a self seeking exploitation of & within the body of Christ.
---Josef on 12/22/06

Fornication is not only pre marital sex, it is any kind of immorality in or outside of marriage. The Bible mentions many times about adultery being fornication. Adultery needs a married person. Thus, a married person can be a fornicator as well as a single one.
---john on 12/22/06

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Fornication is whoredom, as likewise is lechery, but adultery (ad,to + ulter,other) is intimacy with someone other than the married spouse.
---Eloy on 12/22/06

[1] I'm not going to 'preach' on this subject here (well, not at this time anyway); nor much time going into all the Bible teaches about it, due to lack of time, but I will ENALBE ANYONE who wishes to know what the Spirit has taught the Church to do their own study:
The English NOUN 'fornication(s)' is often used to translate NT Greek words with the root: 'porn-eia, -as, -E' (porneia, -aV, -h; Strongs# 4202).
Note: In addition to [cont.]
---danie9374 on 12/22/06

[2] 'fornication(s),' it may also occur as: "immorality, sexual immorality, unchastity" (NASB) or such in more recent translations. Here's a listing of where the Greek words occur: Matt. 5:32; 15:19; 19:9; Mk. 7:21; Jn. 8:41; Acts 15:20,29; 21:25; 1Cor. 5:1 (twice); 6:13,18; 7:2; 2Cor. 12:21; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5; 1Thess. 4:3; Rev. 2:21; 9:21; 14:8; 17:2,4; 18:3; 19:2. The AV(KJV) also includes Rom.1:29 (a textual problem exists there). [Cont.]
---danie9374 on 12/22/06

Fornication is premarital sex.
---sam on 12/21/06

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Literally harlotry.

There is a Broader definition with God and it's due to the fact that the act involves Idolatry.

It's link to Idolatry is in that it involves disobedience to God's command in exchange for earthly gratification of the body.

That object is a lesser God or allegiance, and like your union with Christ it involves your body. It gives demon spirits access to your faculties and they DO take what you give them.

The eye is the lamp of the body
---Pharisee on 12/21/06

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