FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 6:1-13

When one of you has a grievance against a brother, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?  2Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?  And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?  3Do you not know that we are to judge angels?  How much more, matters pertaining to this life!  4If then you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who are least esteemed by the church?  5I say this to your shame.  Can it be that there is no man among you wise enough to decide between members of the brotherhood, 6but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?  7To have lawsuits at all with one another is defeat for you.  Why not rather suffer wrong?  Why not rather be defrauded?  8But you yourselves wrong and defraud, and that even your own brethren.  9Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, 10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.  11And such were some of you.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.  12“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful.  “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.  13“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food” — and God will destroy both one and the other.  The body is not meant for immor-ality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.