1 Corinthians 6:12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
I was ok until I got to verse 15. So, I had to go to the commentary.
But all things are not helpful: The Corinthian Christians took the idea all things are lawful and applied it to areas Paul, or the Lord, never intended. They used their “liberty” as a license to sin.
Specifically, from the reference to the harlot in 1 Corinthians 6:15, the point seems to be that the Corinthian Christians thought they had the liberty to use the services of prostitutes. This was culturally accepted in the city of Corinth, and it was accepted in the religious community among the religious pagans, who saw nothing wrong in a “religious” person using prostitutes.
I will not be brought under the power of any: In this phrase, Paul uses a verb he uses again only in 1 Corinthians 7:4, in the context of a husband and wife having “authority” over each other’s bodies. Paul may be saying I will not be brought under the power of anybody (as in the body of a prostitute).
Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods: The Corinthian Christians probably used this motto to justify giving their bodies whatever their bodies wanted. “My body wants food, so I eat. My body wants sex, so I hire a prostitute. What’s the problem?”
The body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body: But Paul will not let them take that slogan, which applies to irrelevant food restrictions, and apply it to sexual immorality.
Here's verse 15's explanation.
Do you not know: Apparently, many of the Corinthian Christians did not know, and thought their sexual conduct with prostitutes had no connection to their relationship with Jesus.
Your bodies are members of Christ: When an individual Christian commits sexual immorality, it disgraces the entire body of Christ, linking the body of Christ to immorality.
Sexual immorality: We are reminded Paul uses the Greek word porneia, which refers to a broad range of sexual sin. To flee sexual immorality means more than not having sexual intercourse with someone we are not married to.
It means to flee sexual gratification short of or apart from intercourse with someone we are not married to.
It means to flee sexual gratification or thrills one might find from pornographic videos, movies, magazines, books, or Internet sites.
Ok thumpers.... here are the verses you can thump with.... wait, they say you can't have sex without marriage! What?! You thought it was going to be about homosexuality and pole dancing???? Nope.... just don't have sex without marriage. So those times you were "making sure you are compatible" before marriage were wrong. WWJD???
The Jews demanded the Gentiles had to be circumcised and follow the laws concerning food preparation. Paul told the Jews that the Gentiles don't have to do that. The Gentiles apparently used prostitution as "birth control" and the Jews were having no part of that in or around their religion. WWJD???
Masturbation is spilling the seed. Spilling seed is a sin. So, they used prostitutes to "relieve" the situation. WWJD???
King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 mistresses. Paul would tell Solomon that he sinned against Jesus every time he laid down with one of those mistresses because they were not "married". Paul would call Solomon "immoral"! Oh, it's ok... Solomon was long gone by the time Paul was teaching. Solomon didn't get to "accept" Jesus, so his 300 mistresses are irrelevant to the story.... really? WWJD???
Paul was heaping even more restrictions on the shoulders of the newbie Christians. They didn't have a Bible to use as a reference. They just had Paul, claiming Jesus knocked him down, blinded him, and then made him an Apostle.... but no one else witnessed it... even though there were Roman Soldiers around when Paul claims it happened. Now prostitution was evil. Now having sex with anyone but the one you are legally bound to, was illegal.
The world was watching. WWJD??? Masturbation was nasty. There were laws about what to do when the seed was spilled. A man had to wash after the seed was spilled and he was still "unclean" until daybreak. The world was watching.... and I was told that Paul was teaching this from a brothel? That just doesn't make sense. Or does it? Is it good for business?
So, thumpers.... masturbation, birth control, abortion, and sex outside of marriage are all wrong!!!!
Now you have a lot to thump others over the head with your Bibles about!!!! What those priests did to those children.... what the preacher did to my friend... is sexual morality.... and it has nothing to do with the way they were dressed.... WWJD???
Yep... turns out thumpers have a lot to thump about!!!
Sexually Immorality.... about more than we thought!