In some circles it is common to refer to practices like the use of marijuana and prostitution as "victimless" crimes. This indicates a belief that these practices are a matter of individual choice. Since those who engage in such actions are the only ones who suffer the consequences, they should not be penalized for choosing such a lifestyle. In reality, however, there is no such thing as a victimless crime. An individual's actions affect the entire community. This is doubly true of the church, where "each member belongs to all the others" (Rom. 12:5). Like the physical body, the spiritual health of one member of the body of Christ affects the other members.

Today in the Word, Aug. 2003, p.14