Dating with the sexual revolution
Elsewhere in First Corinthians, incest, homosexual intercourse (according to some interpretations) and prostitution are all explicitly forbidden by name.Paul is preaching about activities based on sexual prohibitions laid out in Leviticus in the context of achieving holiness.An historical example is the medieval English monastic, John Baconthorpe.A more contemporary example is the modern-day theologian Lee Gatiss who argues that premarital sex is immoral based on scripture.In modern usage, the term is often replaced with a more judgment-neutral term like extramarital sex.In the late 4th century, the Latin Vulgate, a Latin translation of the Greek texts, translated the term as fornicati, fornicatus, fornicata, and fornicatae.He states that "the word 'fornication' has gone out of fashion and is not in common use to describe non-marital sex.
Some of the debate arises from the question of which theological approach is being applied.
When someone disagreed with Paul's clear rules on immorality or angry disputes, the matters he deals with in Colossians 3.5–10, he is...
firm, as we see dramatically in 1 Corinthians 5 and 6.
In 1611 King James Version, the first English translation of the Christian Bible Fornicated as an adjective is still used in botany, meaning "arched" or "bending over" (as in a leaf).
John Milton plays on the double meaning of the word in The Reason of Church-Government Urged against Prelaty (1642): "[She] gives up her body to a mercenary whordome under those fornicated [ar]ches which she cals Gods house." The Pauline epistles contain multiple condemnations of various forms of extramarital sex.