Sanctity of Sexuality within Marriage: An Exegetical Study of Hebrews 13:4
The study provided an exegetical study of Hebrews 13:4 as a premise for the examination of sanctity of marriage in the contemporary church in Nigeria. The objectives of this paper were to re-examine the prevalence of sexual perversion within marriage in the church. Again, the work attempts an exegetical study of Hebrews 13:4 for clear understanding of the meaning, application and implications of terminologies related to sanctity of marriage. Furthermore, this paper explores views of Biblical Scholars on Hebrews 13:4, because it is of central importance in this paper. Methodologies adopted were exegetical, historical and sociological. The exegetical method facilitated a comprehensive examination of the content and context of the text under consideration to enhance precise interpretation. The historical method aided the reconstruction of the place of marriage in the church, while the sociological method was imperative for understanding the implications of sanctity of marriage for members of the church and the society .The major findings were that: marriage is a gift from God for the blessing of men, women and children and for the good of society. However, in today’s society, the honour and sanctity of marriage is under constant attack. In the church, sexual immorality is a major problem evidenced by the high number of divorces among Christians and the frequent reports of sexual failings among preachers, elders, and other Christians. In conclusion, those who fail to honour marriage and maintain marital purity will come under the judgment of God.
Keywords: marriage, sanctity, fornicators and adulterers