A few years ago, my wife and I were driving in Lexington, Kentucky, listening to some local sports talk on the radio. We were informed that the next opponent for the University of Kentucky would be the Florida Gators. Karen wasn’t paying close attention, so she misunderstood what was said. She asked me, “Did he just say that we are playing the fornicators?”
Over the years we’ve had a lot of fun over that comment. Any time we hear about that team from down south, we jokingly call them the “fornicators”.
“Fornicator” is a word that isn’t used much these days. A fornicator is a person who participates in sexual activity outside the institution of marriage. Modern translations of the Bible usually replace the word “fornicator” with “sexually immoral” or some similar word or phrase. But the prohibition of such activity has never changed. 1 Cor.6:9-10 says, “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
“Fornicator” may be a funny sounding word, but it is no laughing matter. There is no room for fornicators in the kingdom of God. Make sure that you are on the Lord’s team. Don’t be a fornicator!