Lets do a study on this. I hear so many convinced that one of the reasons the end is near is because sin is so rampant...but what are they comparing it too? Their own short life time? How do you know its worse then in the past? I have heard this all my life and I also believed it was true until I started studying history! I have to say I was pretty shocked at how bad the past was...especially in the days when the very first Christian churches were being founded.
So all you study buffs add your own information and lets compare the past to the present and see if the claim sin is worse now then before really holds up or not.
Remember the Jews were being ruled over by a pagan nation in Paul's time..Rome. They worshiped many idols and sexual sin was rampant.
When Paul wrote this following passage it was because they were surrounded by people engaged in this type of activity:
1 Corinthians 6
9 Don't you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, 10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers--none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.
David Guzik's Commentaries on the Bible
d. Nor homosexuals: Since this is such a clear condemnation of homosexuality, those who would like to justify the practice say Paul is speaking of homosexual prostitution, not a "loving, caring homosexual relationship." But taken in context, there is no doubt God is speaking of homosexual acts of all kinds with the words malakoi (homosexuals, which literally refers to male prostitutes) and arsenokoitai (sodomites, a generic term for all homosexual practice).
i. Paul was not writing in or of a "homophobic" culture. Homosexuality was rampant in Paul's culture; fourteen out of the first fifteen Roman emperors were bisexual or homosexual. At the very time Paul was writing, Nero was emperor. He had taken a boy named Sporus and had him castrated. He then married him (with a full ceremony), brought him to the palace with a great procession, and made the boy his "wife." Later, Nero lived with another man, and Nero was declared to be the other man's "wife."
ii. In this list of sins, homosexuality (not some "special" version of homosexuality) is described. But it is described right along with other sins, many of which those who so strongly denounce homosexuals are themselves guilty of. Can fornicators or adulterers or the covetous or drunkards rightly condemn homosexuals? Of course not.
iii. Christians err when they excuse homosexuality, and deny that it is sin. But they also err just as badly when they single it out as a sin God is uniquely angry with.
The pagan temples had what were called temple prostitutes back then...male, female and yes young boys. It wasn't against the law by any means. People walking down the road saw in the open all sorts of sexual sins. At least when we see it on TV we can turn the TV off! And yes in some urban areas you can see prostitutes standing on the streets but you don't see the actual sexual acts generally out in the open. Though I have heard of some pretty shocking things seen during gay pride parades or Mardi Gras happening out in the open. Those events can be avoided though...unlike in Paul's time.
While we don't have to endure seeing such things now, we are dealing with homosexuals being legally married in more and more states...but is this really worse then what the disciples experienced?
Next the subject of abortion. Agree it horrible...and while in Paul's day they weren't capable (that I know of anyway) of medical doctor preforming abortions they did kill babies on a very large scale. In the OT many of the pagan nations would sacrifice their babies and children to their god Baal and other pagan god by throwing them alive in fire!
2 Kings 3:26-27 "And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too fierce for him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew swords, to break through to the king of Edom, but they could not. Then he took his eldest son who would have reigned in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering upon the wall." (NKJ)
Offering human sacrifices was a very ancient custom, and has been practiced at different times and among many nations, since the most ancient of times. Among the list of nations were the Ethiopians, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Phoenicians, the Canaanites, the Scythians, the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Persians, the Indians, the Gauls, the Carthaginians, the Britons, the Arabians, the Romans, and many more, including the Africans and peoples of the Americas.
These sacrifices were offered in many different ways. Most were slaughtered under the knife; some were burned; some were drowned; some were buried alive, some were pushed down the stairs of a massive pyramid temple. In many ancient cultures parents would sacrifice their own children.
The northern kingdom of Israel followed the practices of the surrounding nations throughout all of their years, but whether or not human sacrifice was customary among them or any of the early Israelites there is no proof. Yahweh condemned such practices. The sacrifice of the firstborn was indeed customary with the people of Canaan. In times of of trouble they offered their best and dearest to the gods, 'the fruit of their body for the sin of their soul' (Mic 6:7).
The Old Testament reveals that Ahaz 'made his son to pass through the fire,' this is the incident in Scripture that made the valley of Tophet an abomination as recorded in Jer 7:31-32:
"And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into My heart. Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "when it will no more be called Tophet, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter; for they will bury in Tophet until there is no room."