Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Paul lists those who will not inherit the Kingdom of God. The list includes the unrighteous, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, homosexuals, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers and swindlers. Eleven categories are excluded from the inheritance of the Kingdom of God. And Paul stresses with the word: Do not be deceived, which is a warning to us not mistake denying what he’s telling us. This emphasis of Paul makes it very clear that he is speaking seriously.
The list of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 begins with the unrighteous. In Romans 3:10-12 we read: There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one. That means that no human being is righteous in himself, which makes us all unfair, excluding us from the heavenly inheritance. Righteousness comes by grace through faith.
Adultery is intimate sexual contact between a married person and someone who is not his or her spouse. Fornication is when an intimate intercourse between two unmarried persons occurs. In other words, fornication is sex outside of marriage. Idolatry is undue idol worship, which is a clear violation to the second commandment is written in Exodus 20:4-6. Idolatry is not just worshiping images but put something or someone before God, including our children or parents.
Effeminate is one who loses the characteristics traditionally considered typical of men to adopt generally associated with women. Homosexual is someone holding a sexual relationship with a same sex person. No matter if presidents, congresses or judges legalize these practices, the King of kings, the Supreme Judge does not agree with them and those who carry them out are not welcome in His Kingdom.
The other excluded from the heavenly inheritance include those who take what is not theirs, thieves. No matter the amount of product theft or was embezzling state coffers or dock a driver at a stoplight. Covet is the desire or inordinate desire to possess wealth, property or valuables with the intention to hoard for oneself, beyond the amounts required for basic survival and personal comfort. Also covetous will have no inheritance in heaven.
Drunkards are those that have been passed in the consumption of alcohol; but although Paul does not mention, I do not think that brutalize their minds with drugs other than alcohol pass through innocent. Revilers are those whose vocabulary is prolific in curses. In all languages of the world, the common man of the people is a reviler. Swindle is requesting or taking money or thing of value with deception; give someone less or charge more than right; defraud not deliver what is expected of something. Let’s review the catalog of those bad practices that prevent an heir of the Kingdom of God and, if we find that any of them is part of our life, we stop doing so in order not to lose the inheritance. God bless you.