Wednesday 8th November 2017
This week we have been looking at the Christians relationship with sex. We have seen that sex is a gift from God but what warnings does this gift come with?
The Old Testament warns against “Sexual immorality”:
Jude 1 v 7
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
Jesus warned against “Sexual immorality”:
Mark 7 v 20 – 23
He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
The Apostle Paul warned against “Sexual immorality”:
Romans 13 v 13 – 14
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
1 Corinthians 6 v 18 – 20
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
The early church warned against “Sexual immorality”
Acts 15 v 19 – 20
“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.
So what is Sexual Immorality? It can be defined as sexual activity that does not conform to God’s Revealed Laws.
Adultery – Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse.
1 Corinthians 6 v 9
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Fornication – sexual activity between people who are not married
1 Corinthians 7 v 2
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
Galatians 5 v 19 – 21
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Lust – an intense or unrestrained sexual desire or craving
Matthew 5 v 28
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
A Word of help here taken from the story of Joseph and Potipher’s Wife and Paul’s Letter to a young man by the name of Timothy.
2 Timothy 2 v 22 says: “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart”
“So flee youthful passions”
Passions are our cravings, our longing, our desires. Every Christian, even though he or she is in dwelt by the Spirit of Christ, still lives in a mortal body surrounded by worldly amusements. As unhealthy passions are stirred in us, we must habitually flee from them. Joseph was able to flee from Potipher’s Wife because he had never entertained anything else.
This means bouncing our thoughts away from lustful imaginations. This means bouncing our eyes away from lustful images. This means physically fleeing: walking or running away from texting situations.
“…pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace”
We need to run towards a new passion. This was Joseph’s key as he loved serving God in Potipher’s household. We are to “pursue” That is eagerly and swiftly run toward Christlikeness. We are to run after these things each day, knowing these character qualities are how we were created to live. We pursue these things knowing it is our destiny to live this way.
“….along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart”
We must not only run from lust toward God’s vision for our lives, we must also run with our brothers and sisters with the same vision. We must all find companions for this stretch of the road. Running with others involves a certain level of intentionality. It is not enough to simply know others around us are on the same journey because they profess a Christian faith. We must have real running companions, those who actually help us flee youthful passions and pursue a Christ like heart.
The following web site id excellent for setting up accountability with friends:
www.covenanteyes.com (less than £10 per month for an individual or family)
Now that we have looked at God’s warnings regarding the gift of sex. tomorrow we will be looking at grace and forgiveness.
Have a great day!
Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church