I am going to write some things I believe are from the Lord, but I don’t figure will make me too popular.
There are so many verses in the New Testament dealing with the subject of sexual purity, yet the problem persists.
Problem? What problem?
Fornication. Cohabitation. Sex outside of marriage.
Have you noticed how sexual sins are as common among professing Christians as those who don’t claim any faith?
Pornography, masturbation, strip clubs, and the like are “frowned upon” by the brethren, in an “I’m not so sure if you should be acting like that” kind of way.
We say we should be, “standing up for the Word of God”, but will watch hour after hour of television shows glamorizing sexual sin.
And how many movies will we allow ourselves to be entertained by that feed the sexual side of our carnal nature?
“I’m an adult; I can handle it.”
I guess you know more than God. (Sarcasm intended)
But what does the Bible say?
“When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that.” (1 Corinthians 5:9-10 NLT)
Maybe one reason there’s such a widespread problem is because we aren’t taking the Bible seriously.
If we believe the Bible is God’s word, that it’s true concerning salvation, forgiveness, heaven and hell, what do we do with the following verses?
“And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment.” (Jude 1:7 NLT)
“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.” (Colossians 3:5 NLT)
“God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor – not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. Never harm or cheat a Christian brother in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 NLT)
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21 NLT)
These are just a few of the many verses written to CHRISTIANS. Including those who think of themselves as sexy Christians.
Sure, it’s important to love one another, and help restore one another. No one’s perfect, after all!
But there’s something about sexual sin that eats away at the very core of our spirit, if we don’t take it seriously.
See what Paul wrote:
“Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20 NLT)
Over and over the word “fornication” is used in the New Testament. It is translated from the Greek word “porneia”. Look familiar? Looks a lot like “pornography”, doesn’t it?
In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 and 3) Jesus mentioned to several churches their need to repent of teaching people to commit sexual sins. They had, as a deadly doctrine, a teaching that encouraged people to commit sexual sins – fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, adultery, and whatever else their little hearts desired.
Pergamum, Thyatira, and Laodicea were the cities whose churches were rebuked by Jesus. Laodicea wasn’t necessarily teaching people to commit sexual sins; no, they just tolerated anything and everything. “It’s all okay. We have the favor of God, because we’re saved. We love God, and He loves us, so everything is cool.”
By not telling the truth about sexual sins, we are telling people that it’s okay to live like the devil and his host.
“But we’re no longer under law, we’re under grace.”
Grace is God’s way of saying, “I will help you do the right thing.” Grace is never a cover up for sin.
In fact, the only way to cover sin is the blood of Jesus. But it doesn’t cover it up. It removes it completely!
What does God want us to do about sexual sin in the church? Expose it and either help those involved toward repentance and restoration, or help them out the door.
What?! It’s what Paul said, though he said it quite a bit stronger:
“Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit. And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus. Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns.” (1 Corinthians 5:3-5 NLT)
Love and patience does not give a silent nod of approval where sexual sins are involved. Not where the purity of God’s Body is concerned.
God’s Body, the Body of Christ, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Dwelling Place for the Glory of God.
If we’re going to preach the gospel, God’s Good News, let’s preach this part, as well: the gospel is the power of God unto salvation and deliverance. Everyone is changed when they come into contact with the Living, Pure, Fountain of Life; Jesus.
Are you a Christian? Are you involved in any kind of sexual sin? You have one course of action, according to the Word of God.
Get out of it. Get away from it. Get it away from you. Flee fornication!
God did not send His Son just so you and I could be sexy Christians.