Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? 30 And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? 31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
I Cor. 15: 29-34
“To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.”
31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
Marcello Mastroianni was once asked: “You believe in life after death?”
“Truthfully, no. If I did, life would be more noble, more interesting, because it would have an ultimate goal – that of continuing. If I were a profound Catholic and believed in the afterlife of the soul, I’d be a man of greater force and more clearminded, because I’d have a precise purpose to prepare myself for. But since I fear everything will end in death, I say, ‘What do I care?’
Paul wants the saints in Corinth – and us! – to experience the nobility of a life that has purpose. We care because our lives will continue. We can make the world a better place because of our clearminded focus of being faithful to Jesus Christ . . . even if the whole world tells us we are fools to do so.
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
Paul is teaching the Corinthians – and us! – to never succumb to the theology of accommodation. Just because society says something is right, doesn’t make it so.
But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands. . .
II Tim. 2: 16-19
We must not let modern day Hymenaeus and Philetus tell us ungodly behavior is just an “alternate lifestyle.” Paul is wise to teach us to avoid people who do not share Biblical values.
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
The Corinthians – and us! – need to wake up to what God has revealed! When Christians start listening to the preachers instead of what is preached [“I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,”], we substitute personalities for Truth. The Corinthians had church leaders who said there was no resurrection. Today, we have church leaders who condone abortion and all manner of sexual depravity.
"It can be an act of faithfulness to terminate the life of an unborn child"
OGA-88-109, "The Covenant of Life and The Caring Community", page 10, adopted by the 195th General Assembly (1983)
"I confess that to love Jesus means to live in faithful, monogamous covenants of love. . ."
Susan Andrews, Moderator of 215th General Assembly
And just like the Corinthians we are listening to them because we do not have the knowledge of God. And just like the Corinthians, we should be ashamed of ourselves.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
II Tim. 2: 15