(5:2a) "Walk in love."
"Christ ... hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour."
The bloody death of Jesus smelled good to God.
"But fornication ... or covetousness, let it not be once named among you."
Is it OK to covet?
Is it wrong to have sex outside of marriage?
(5:4) "Nor foolish talking, nor jesting"
(5:5-7) No "unclean person" or "idolater" will inherit
the kingdom of God. The wrath of God is on them. Don't associate with them.
(5:5) "No whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the
kingdom of Christ and of God."
(5:6) "Because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience."
(5:7) "Be not ye therefore partakers with them."
(5:11 Jehovah's Witnesses)
"Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness."
To JWs, everything outside of the Watchtower Organization
is controlled by Satan. This is one of the verses that the the Governing Body uses to
condemn all holidays, civic activities, and association with non-JWs.
"Walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise ... be ye not unwise, but understanding."
Is it good to be foolish?
(5:18) "Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess."
Is it OK to drink alcohol?
(5:21) "Submitting yourselves
one to another in the fear of God."
Should we fear God?
(5:22-24) Wives must submit to their husbands "in every thing" as though they were Christ. "For
the husband is the head of the wife."
What the Bible says about women's rights
Should women have the same rights as men?
(5:22) "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord."
(5:23) "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church."
(5:24) "As the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing."
(5:25-28) Husbands should try to love their wives.
(5:25) "Husbands, love your wives."
(5:28) "So ought men to love their wives."
(5:33) "Let every one of you ... love his wife even as himself."
Is Polygamy OK?
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an
offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
|5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness,
or covetousness, let it not be once
named among you, as becometh saints;
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not
convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor
unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of
Christ and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh
the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as
children of light:
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
And have no fellowship with
the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather
For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for
whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and
Christ shall give thee light.
|5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing
and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of
our Lord Jesus Christ;
one to another in the fear of God.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and
he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church
is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
|5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or
wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his
wife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it,
even as the Lord the church:
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be
joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Nevertheless let every one of you in particular
so love his wife even as
himself; and the wife see that she
reverence her husband.