Paul – Part 3

Verses Used In This Message:

  • Romans 1:1-5
  • Acts 15:23-29
  • 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
  • 1 Corinthians 6:15-20

“In the Roman era, there was a double standard in sexual practice.  Women were generally held to a standard of strict marital chastity.  Men, however, were allowed considerably more freedom to have sex with many others.  Although sex with other men’s wives was not approved, all other kinds of sexual activity were openly tolerated and actually encouraged.  As Demosthenes, the fourth century orator put it:  ‘We Romans have prostitutes for pleasure, slaves for our daily desires, and wives to give us legitimate children and to guard our households.’  In this setting Paul’s exhortations to sexual integrity, given mostly to men, project a radically different standard among Christians.  He makes the unusual move of holding men to the same standards of ‘holiness and honor’ expected of women, thereby challenging the dominant double standard of the time.”  ~ Larry Hurtado, “Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World”