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Many scholars consider a portion of 1 Cor 6:18 to be a Corinthian slogan.

“every sin a person commits is outside of the body”

It was used by the Corinthian’s to justify their immoral behavior.  It was a claim that anything done in the body or through the body had no moral relevance.

If this is the case and Paul is quoting the slogan it changes the standard interpretation of the passage we are used to.  

Paul would not be claiming that sexual sin is somehow unique in sinning against the body; rather, he would countering the Corinthian position.


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