A Reading of 1 Corinthians 7: 1-16: Implications for the Unmarried and Married in Ghana

Godwin Cool Kofi Deffor ORCID iD

Issue: Vol.9 No.1 January 2023 Issue  Article 5 pp 37-44
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2023915 |   Published online 25th January 2023.
© 2023 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


This paper studies Paul’s view on marriage as the way forward for dealing with sexual immorality in 1 Corinthians 7:1-16. In Ghana, it is generally observed that sexual immorality at times leads to separation in marriage or divorce. Some schools of thought posit that any polygynous man who converts to the Christian faith, should maintain his first wife and separate or divorce the other wives as keeping them would constitute sexual immorality. The paper employed a literary reading of the text and it proposed that marriage is not an order from God to curb sexual immorality rather Paul proposed it to the Corinthians who could not avoid sexual immorality. Again, the text shows sexual intercourse as a specific marital role for each spouse without an excuse. Implications are drawn from the reading for Ghanaians. The paper concludes that marriage is not a panacea for sexual immorality.

Keywords: Sexual Immorality, Marriage, Separation and Divorce

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Godwin Cool Kofi Deffor (PhD) is a Lecturer in New Testament in the Department of Religion and Human Values, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. His research interests include Contextual Bible Studies, New Testament and culture, New Testament and marriage and Early Christian History.

Deffor, G.C.K. “A Reading of 1 Corinthians 7: 1-16: Implications for the Unmarried and Married in Ghana,” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies, 9 no.1 (2023): 37-44. https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2023915

© 2023 The Author(s). Published and Maintained by Noyam Publishers. This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).