The Least Command…

In my studies for this Sunday’s sermon, I ran across the dustiest of Christian Scriptures.

1 Corinthians 7:1-5 says,

‘Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry. But
since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each
woman her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife,
and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife’s body does not belong to her
alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not
belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by
mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then
come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of

I wonder why in the teachings of the church, many of us fail to lay out a theology of the body. Paul talks about it rather often in his writings. Yet, we allow a worldview that says, "It’s my body" to continue to be propagated unchecked.

According to the Bible, my body belongs to God…and to my spouse…if I’m married. So, I take care of it, keep it pure, and use it to serve God and Emily.

Why is this taught as little as it is?  What are some constructive ways it could be taught.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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