“Walking With Christ and Fighting Sexual Sin” is a 4 part blog series written by our very own Bill Rosenberger. These posts are directed towards Christians who are struggling in any way with sexual immorality. The process of our sanctification in Christ requires that sin be put to death and this is just one area where the battle against sin rages, but it is a battle being fought by a great number of people.
PLEASE NOTE: We have made every effort to use appropriate and God-pleasing vocabulary in these post, but we are still aware, based on the subject matter, that some of the language may be offensive to certain people. You have been warned.
By Bill Rosenberger
God doesn’t mince words
Scripture makes it pretty clear about how God feels about sexual immorality. He made his thoughts clear in the Old Testament, with people being stoned to death for adultery and fallout from King David’s affair with a soldier’s wife and subsequent pregnancy.
That’s why, when Jesus preaches, he makes the will of the Father very clear.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28).
The gospel of Mark records that Jesus doesn’t mince words about where sin comes from: “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
If you’ve put your faith in Jesus, then you’ve died to sin. First John 3:9 teaches that “no one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.”
In Pastor Mark Driscoll’s short book, “Porn Again Christian,” he relays a story from his college days about a young Christian who frequently viewed porn and told him it was okay because he never found the word “pornography” in scripture. He was right, but Driscoll points out that he missed the mountain of verses speaking about lust.
“For the time has passed for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties and lawless idolatry,” states 1 Peter 4:3.
These are just samples from scripture where God makes it abundantly clear where he draws the line on sexual sin. He doesn’t mince words. So let’s take the Bible for what is says.
God, you don’t mince words. Open the eyes of our heart and help us see sexual sin the way you do, as disgusting. If we don’t learn to hate it the way you do, we’ll never learn to overcome it.