“Therefore [a]consider the members of your earthly body as dead to [b] immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which [c]amounts to idolatry.” (NASB)
(a) Lit ‘put to death the members which are upon the earth’
(b) Lit ‘fornication’
(c) Lit ‘is’
Paul does seem to hint stuff like sex, passion (which I see no issue with), and greed ‘amount’ to idolatry. So I can see where it can be said these things are ‘idols’. However, and this is my opinion, show me this same sentiment over and over when discussing this term and I will agree it’s authoritative.
This may be the lone example, or of 2 passages in the whole bible, where idolatry is even used in this manner. Most other times, in fact all of them, it’s about worship of a physical thing.
However, and this is the pretty funny thing about this passage – the way the writer despises ‘sex’. Immorality (or fornication – according to the literal translation) and passion are both used here (both of which are not actually ‘bad’). In fact, if you have a wife then you are an idolator because you (a) fornicate and (b) are passionate for one another. And if neither of these are occurring in the marriage – then it’s ‘dead’.
Also funny, Paul says ‘consider the members of your earthly body as dead’ in regards to sex….does he mean the ‘members’ as in the sexual organs of the body? Is Paul setting up a wall between sex and faith?