Apparently, in reaction to the sensuality of the culture, some in the church were saying that all sex is wrong. Perhaps they even pointed to the Apostle Paul as their hero.Even some who were married concluded that it was more spiritual to abstain from sexual relations in marriage.Think of it as “Stop, wait for the walk sign, look both ways, make eye contact with drivers, listen’ for the cyber street. It is much easier to make unwise decisions when you are making them rashly. If you do not have peace or, if at any point this becomes an obsession, stop. One of the men was matched repeatedly with his friends in the singles group.
Thus, he means, “It is good to remain single.” He restates the same idea in 7:7-9, and discusses it at length in -40.
He is not commanding being single, since he recognizes the single state as a gift which God only gives to some (7:7-9); but he is strongly commending it, since it was a gift he himself had, and since it provides a number of advantages for serving the Lord that being married precludes.
Many in that culture thought that satisfaction in life comes through gratifying sensual lusts.
There were problems with immorality even among the members of the Corinthian church.
I want to develop three thoughts: While marriage is God’s normal design for most people, He has gifted some to remain single so that they can serve Him without the encumbrances that necessarily go along with marriage.
When Paul says, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman” (7:1), he is using the word “touch” as a figure of speech that refers to the physical relationship in marriage as representing marriage as a whole.
Being cautious can go a long way in preventing injury. A friend of mine shared a story from one of her previous churches. Use a screen name that you do not use elsewhere (IM, Facebook, bank account, etc).
For those considering online dating, I have this advice to help curb some of the risk. Do not (I repeat: do not) go into this in some Jonah-like attempt to wiggle your way out of where God has you right now. The church had a significant singles ministry and many were involved in online dating.
The problem is, you cannot tell the difference at first.
If we caution our teenagers, children, and young women to stay away from strangers they meet on line, does it then make sense to turn around and encourage them to do just that—meet strangers online? I have read the news stories of girls going missing after meeting up with men they met online.
We all know that the bottom line is that Christians must only marry Christians. What should be your motives if you’re seeking a mate?