4. The "my other church members do it" club -- we tend to gravitate towards those people who are also sinning, kind of like speeding on the highway with everyone else, you figure the police will only pull over the first person leading the group of cars!
The catalog of sins, though not exhaustive, represents the major types of moral sin that characterize the unsaved.
not inherit the kingdom -- The kingdom is the spiritual sphere of salvation where God rules as king over all who belong to Him by faith. All believers are in that spiritual kingdom, yet are waiting to enter into the full inheritance of it in the age to come. People who are characterized by these iniquities are not saved (v. 10) While believers can and do commit these sins, they do not characterize them as an unbroken life pattern. Whey they do, it demonstrates that the person is not in God's kingdom. True believers who do sin, resent that sin and seek to gain the victory over it (Romans 7:14-25).
fornicators -- all who indulge in sexual immorality, but particularly unmarried persons.
idolaters -- Those who worship any false god or follow any false religious system.
Adulterers -- Married persons who indulge in sexual acts outside their marriage (including lust)
homosexuals...sodomites -- These terms refer to those who exchange and corrupt normal male-female sexual roles and relations. Transvestism, sex changes, and other gender perversions are included (Gen 1:27; Deut 22:5). Sodomites are so-called because the sin of male-male sex dominated the city of Sodom (Gen 18:20; 19:4-5). This sinful perversion is condemned always, in any form, by Scripture (Lev 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Tim 1:10)
thieves...covetous -- Both are guilty of the same basic sin of greed. Those who are covetous desire what belongs to others, thieves actually take it.
revilers -- People who try to destroy others with words.
extortioners -- Swindlers and embezzlers who steal indirectly, taking unfair advantage of others for their own financial gain.
Some of you -- Though not all Christians have been guilty of all those particular sins, every Christian is equally an ex-sinner, since Christ came to save sinners (Matt 9:13; Romans 5:20). Some who used to have those patterns of sinful life were falling into those old sins again, and needed reminding that if they went all the way back to live as they used to, they were not going to inherit eternal salvation, because it would indicate that they never were saved (2 Cor 5:17)
washed -- refers to new life, through spiritual cleansing and regeneration (John 3:3-8; 2 Cor 5:17; Eph 2:10; Titus 3:5).
sanctified -- This results in new behavior, which a transformed life always produces. Sin's total domination is broken and replaced by a new pattern of obedience and holiness. Though not perfection, this is a new direction (Rom 6:17, 18, 22)
justified -- this refers to a new standing before God, in which the Christian is clothed in Christ's righteousness. In His death, the believer's sins were put to His account and He suffered for them, so that His righteousness might be put to an account, so that we might be blessed for it (Rom 3:26; 4:22-25; 2 Cor 5:21; Phil 3:8-9; 1 Pet 3:18)
by the Spirit --The Holy Spirit is the agent of salvation's transformation (John 3:3-5)
As one who is washed, sanctified, and justified eternally by God's grace, the believer is set free (Rom 8:21, 33; Gal 5:1, 13). The Corinthians had done with that freedom just what Paul had warned the Galatians not to do: "Do not use your liberty as an opportunity for the flesh" (Gal 5:13). So in verses, 6:12-20, Paul exposed the error in the Corinthian Christians' rationalization that they were free to sin, because it was covered by God's grace.
Some people are offended by this message of repentance. I pray that God's Truth will become evident to them and that the blindness to sin will be removed!