Transformational Inclusion (Not Affirmational Inclusion)

“Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” - 1 Cor. 6:9-11

The writings in chapter 5 & 6 contain a particularly strong instruction on sexual immorality, because Paul’s letter was written to the church in Corinth.  It was the vilest of the vile, and sexual immorality must’ve been rampant.  However, among them, people came to faith in Christ!  But the emphasis Paul gives was that they “were”, “formerly”, sexually immoral but washed, sanctified, and justified by Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of God!  They passed from death to newness of life!  Now, followers of Jesus Christ are called from the former sexual dispositions and immorality, to a new, holy disposition.

We must be careful as the church in making affirmation statements such as “God just loves you as you are.”, especially in matters of sexual immorality.  Jesus, and apostle Paul, emphasizes not affirmation inclusion, but transformational inclusion to the body of Christ.  We are received as we are, for the purposes of transformation from our old, sinful dispositions and tendencies to that of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The cost to include us in this transformational was heavy, and as followers of Christ, must also count the cost to become the very nature of Jesus Himself.