"Flee sexual immorality (porneia) and pursue self-control" (cf.1 Thess 4:1–8) was the straightforward message to Christians in a sex-crazed world." Attitudes towards marriage and sexuality at the time of Jesus stemmed from a blend of Roman and Jewish ideas.
Jewish marriage in the time of Jesus was a two-stage process.
First, there was a betrothal in which the man claimed the woman to be his only bride.
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.
For instance, during the lifetime of Jesus, there was a strong social disapproval among Romans of polygamy.
This made its way into Judaism and early Christianity, despite the Old Testament portraying examples of this behaviour among patriarchs and kings.One theory therefore suggests that it is these behaviours, and only these, that are intended by Paul's prohibition in chapter seven.However, most mainstream Christian sources believe that porneia encompasses all forms of premarital sex.The First Epistle to the Corinthians states "Flee from sexual immorality" and lists adulterers and "those who are sexually immoral"/practicing-fornicators in a list of "wrongdoers who... The Apostolic Decree of the Council of Jerusalem also includes a prohibition of fornication.Throughout history, most theologians have argued that any and all forms of premarital sex are immoral.In other words, Witte claims that the Bible excludes premarital sex from its list of unlawful sexual relations (Leviticus 18) though Leviticus 18 is not the only such list, nor does Leviticus 18 claim to be exhaustive being devoted largely to forms of incest.