I received the following question:

In your article on “Long Hair and Glory,” you indicate that long hair in I Corinthians 11 signifies sexual immorality.  If so, how could this be and not have resulted in death, considering the character of the Acts period in which I Corinthians was written?

What exactly was a sin unto death during the Acts period and what was not is never specifically spelled out in the Scriptures.  It was a very strange period of time.  The rules were not entirely Kingdom, and yet they were not entirely as they used to be, either.  The Lord expected certain behavior out of His people who had entered the Kingdom, but He had not yet given them their new, sinless, perfect bodies either.  Thus, lying to God, as Ananias and Sapphira did, could bring about the death penalty through the miracle of judgment, whereas sexual sins like visiting prostitutes did not always do so.  (Certainly in the full-blown Kingdom, visiting a prostitute/being a prostitute will result in death, as per the law of Moses.)  It also seems that the enacting of the miracle of judgment was sometimes dependent upon the God-appointed governors administering it.  For example, Peter administered it to Ananias and Sapphira.  Since these Corinthians had failed to administer it in the case of the man living in immorality in I Corinthians 5, (and they should have,) it had not yet happened.  Whether or not any of these rules will apply once the Kingdom returns is questionable.  The Acts period was unique, and ran on its own, unique system of rules (as I said, partially kingdom, partially not.)  There has never been a period like it before or since.

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