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"And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2
The Bible describes sexual sin with
several different terms. One term, porneia,
is used for any sexual sin that is outside of the norm and standard
that God designed. The Greek word I referred to here you will
recognize as the root word for our word pornography.
Another Greek term is translated
adultery and usually
refers to sexual sin committed by a married person. Another couple of
terms refer to sexual sin as uncleanness
or lewdness. God uses
all of these words to describe sins whereby we violate God's standard
for our sexual behavior.
Let's look at some of the descriptions
the Bible lays out. Let's start with what Jesus actually said. In
Mark 7:21 Jesus, speaking about the fact that sin comes from within a
man, says, “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil
thoughts, sexual immorality (porneia,
...sensuality (lewdness, sexual excess).
All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Notice a couple of things here. First of all they come from within.
The Bible says that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked.
(Jeremiah 17:9) So the source of our difficulty is not from the
outside, but is from within. James writes that “each one is tempted
when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then when
desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is
full-grown, brings forth death.”
Next we see that Jesus describes these
actions as evil. Most of what happens sexually in our culture is not
considered evil. The Bible has a different approach. Lastly we
notice that they defile a person. We defile ourselves from what comes
from within ourselves.
Paul, writing to the Romans in 13:13
says, “Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and
drunkenness, not in sexual immorality (free and easy sex)
and sensuality.” In the next verse he tells us to make no
provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. In other words,
we should not make it easy to serve our lusts. Paul writes similar
things to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 12:21.
To the Ephesians in
5:3 he writes, “But sexual immorality and all impurity or
covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among
saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking
which are out of place. Be sure of this, that everyone who is
sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an
idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let
no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the
wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” In other words,
God's wrath is coming because people engage in these behaviors. Why
would we as Christians want to be a participant?
let's look at what the Apostle Peter wrote in his first letter. In
4:2 he says that we should live “no longer for human passions but
for the will of God. The time that is past suffices for doing what
the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality (lewdness,
sexual excess), passions,
drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.” He
is basically saying that we need to put our past behavior behind us
and live for God from here on out. And the life we live for God is
different than the description of our past life. Christians don't
behave the same as non-Christians when it comes to sexuality.
Tomorrow, with that background in mind,
we'll look at how technology fits into the picture and some
strategies that may help us in the battle against sexual sin.