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Purity of mind, conscience, and body is a tremendous personal asset. While this alone is not godliness, it is a Christian virtue and a blessing to mankind. The declining moral values of today are allowing men and women to accept and indulge in behavior that the Bible clearly defines as sin. This behavior has become an accepted way of life for many people. That which God calls sin is often no longer called sin. What will be the result?
Television, movies, and much literature are filled with violence, sex, and other immoral practices. This evil influence is brought into the home for entertainment. The minds of men, women, and children are filled with lustful thoughts and desires. It is sad that this evil environment is even found in the homes of some professing Christians today.
God’s Word tells us that “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection…despisers of those that are good…lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1-4).
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Jesus told his disciples in words that we can understand and apply to our lives, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications” (Matthew 15:19). “For as he [man or woman] thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Again Jesus says in the Holy Scriptures, “Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).
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Men and women are seeking a life of pleasure and are going to all means to satisfy their lust. They are enjoying today and not worrying about tomorrow, unconcerned about giving an account of their deeds on the judgment day when all must stand before God. Some of the pleasures which are indulged in today are drink, drugs, and sex. Men and women go to parties and dances to relax and enjoy themselves. There every passion can be aroused with very little or no control. They often indulge in drink and drugs which rob them of their reasonable sense. Satan is in control. “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1). “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). Because of these indulgences, homes are broken, and innocent children are left without father or mother. Sometimes the resulting hatred is so great that it ends in murder. “The way of transgressors is hard” (Proverbs 13:15). In Galatians 5:19-21 we read that the works of the flesh are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, hatred, murders, drunkenness; and that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
It is accepted in many cultures to have a boy or girl friend and start dating at a young age. This often is supported by the parents who think this will help their child be more accepted and included in the popular crowd. The young people soon become too familiar with each other. Much time is spent in dating and partying, which all too often leads to petting and sex. The reasoning might be that others are doing it. “But every man [boy or girl] is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:14-15).
Many times young people do not consider the consequences of these sins. They think they can escape the penalty of sin, but no one is a match for Satan. Young men violate young women and the sacredness of procreation is lost. Consciences are defiled and purity is lost. Innocence is destroyed. The pure beginning that enhances intimacy in marriage is compromised. Often times the girl finds herself pregnant. This results in shame, guilt, confusion, and the prospect of the responsibility of caring for a child. Often the mother resorts to an abortion. A life is destroyed, which adds still more sin and guilt to her heart. Otherwise, young people become parents at a premature age. The enjoyable years of youth are spoiled, the young girl’s friends forsake her, parents and family are disappointed-all because of a little sinful enjoyment. These are the wages of sin. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
Marriage is honorable and a blessing to those who follow the plan of God. God intended men and women to be happy and enjoy the marriage union. “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled” (Hebrews 13:4) A couple in love with each other may plan to marry, but to live together as husband and wife without being properly married is sin in the eyes of God.
God spoke against homosexual practices. Through Moses He said, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). When one allows sexual lusts to dominate his thoughts, he will sometimes resort to deviant practices in order to satisfy his unrestrained passions. Homosexuals no longer are ashamed of their immoral conduct. They have come out in the open and want to be accepted by society. Homosexuality is often excused because of inherited characteristics; however, personal accountability must be accepted. “For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people” (Leviticus 18:29). In regards to these sins, Romans 1:32 reads, “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death.”
Some serious diseases in the human race are the result of immoral conduct. The dreaded AIDS and other venereal diseases are common. Needless suffering and death have ensued because of these diseases. Those who defy the laws of God will endure the consequences of such disobediences.
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). The word chastity means to be sexually pure, not indulging in sexual relations outside of marriage (fornication), not engaging in immoral practices. To be chaste is a command of God given to Moses for his people. “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Jesus says, “Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery” (Luke 16:18).
Sexual sin is a great distraction to a person in his work causing him to deviate from his worthy goals or to neglect his duties. His family is neglected, which results in an unhappy home. Guilt from such sins often causes emotional distress. On the other hand, the rewards of pure living are great. A morally pure person can have peace of mind and freedom from fear, whereas the impure can have no part in the kingdom of God. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?” (1 Corinthians 6:9).
The Spirit of God will reprove an individual of sin and will lead him to repentance. An immoral life can be changed and the sins forgiven if one’s repentance is sincere. The first step is to recognize the sin and its seriousness in the eyes of God, without an attempt to justify one’s self. Then one must come to God with humility, acknowledging his guilt with a heartfelt sorrow, pleading for forgiveness and asking for grace to make restitution and forsake sin. Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden [with sin], and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Let us turn from our evil ways and call unto the Lord while there is time.