Is it only Christians who commit adultery or fornication that must be repented of and put away? Isn’t it true that non-Christians are also guilty of these kinds of sins? Certainly it is. And yet liberal Bible teachers will try to say that the non-Christian, not knowing about God’s laws on sexuality and marriage, are not amenable to the same laws Christians are. These false brethren sneak in and distort the meaning of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 7:20 and 24. These say,
“Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called.” And, “Brethren, each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.”
Is Paul speaking of any and every “condition” that a man finds himself in when he is called by the Gospel, including the sinful ones Paul just addressed a few verses earlier in 1 Cor. 6:9-11? It is clear that the non-Christians in Corinth were guilty of these same kinds of sexual sins and they must have been taught to put those sins away in order to be saved. It’s no likely that Paul said to the Corinthians who were adulterers, fornicators, or homosexuals, to remain in that condition in which you were called.
In the 1 Corinthians 7 passage, Paul is speaking of non-sinful “conditions” – like finding oneself married to a non-Christian, or being called while a slave, or being called while circumcised/uncircumcised — and says for them to remain in the condition in which you were called. But Paul isn’t saying to stay in a sinful condition.
False teaches can’t prey on those who have studied the Scriptures like a Berean. But the false brethren, like Dan Billingsly, know they can deceive the novice Christians. All the world is guilty of sin and must repent of it, put it away, and be saved by God’s grace by being baptized for the remission of sins, Acts 22:16.