Rather Suffer

1Corinthians 6:7-10 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because you go to law one with another. Why do you not rather take wrong? why do you not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, you do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 

‘Fault among you, because you go to law one with another.’ This again teaches that the Christian should not go to law with a brother in civil courts.

‘The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived …’ This is the 7th New Testament prophecy in 1 Corinthians (6:9-10).

Ten classes not to be saved: Fornicators (the immoral, 6:9); idolaters (false worshipers, 6:9); adulterers (the unfaithful, 6:9); effeminate (catamites, 6:9); abusers of themselves with mankind (sexual perversion, 6:9); thieves (robbers, 6:10); covetous (the lustful, 6:10); drunkards (drinkers of intoxicants); revilers (abusers of others, 6:10); extortioners (those who obtain by violence or threats, 6:10).

‘Effeminate’ [Greek: malakos] a catamite; a young man who submits his body to unnatural lewdness (cp. Joel 3:3). Used elsewhere of what is soft to the touch (Matt. 11:8; Luke 7:25). This refers to men who have feminine traits to an inappropriate degree; lacking in manly strength or aggressiveness; especially marked with weakness, softness, and love of ease; excessively affected in his emotions.

‘Abusers of themselves with mankind’ [Greek: arsenokoites] one guilty of unnatural offenses; a sodomite; homosexual; sexual pervert (1Cor. 6:9; 1Tim. 1:10; cp. Rom. 1:27).

‘Shall inherit the kingdom of God.’ Repeated to confirm the truth that these classes shall not be saved or inherit the kingdom of God (1Cor. 6:9, 10; 2Cor. 13:1; Gal. 5:21).

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