“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
There is another definition of lust, one that more clearly defines how we should live our lives as followers of Christ: with intense eagerness or enthusiasm.
Now that we know how much God hates sexual sin, let’s look at how much he loves the sinner, and more specifically, how much he loves us who were once sinners.
He loves us so much he provided verse upon verse of scripture reminding us how we have been transformed by the Gospel (justification) and to show us how to continue in the transforming power of the Gospel (sanctification).
What is evident throughout the Bible, and particularly pointed out by Jesus in the New Testament, is we have a heart problem. That’s where sin is born. We are bent toward sinning, and our hearts are the factory.
Jesus talks about this extensively, as do other New Testament writers. In Matthew 9:4, Jesus asks the question, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?”
And in Mark 7:20-23, he makes it abundantly clear the status of hearts: “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.”
What we need is a new heart. And that’s exactly why any real hope of overcoming sexual sin requires the transformation of the heart that only Jesus can give.
Romans 6:6 speaks about how, as Christians, our hearts have been transformed by the power of the Gospel, We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. This verse speaks of our new identity in Christ through the power of the Gospel. Sin is no longer our master, Jesus is. Romans 6:11 goes on to say, So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. In our desire to have absolute victory over sexual sin, it is essential that we preach the Gospel to ourselves and to each other. This will aid to remind us of our identity in Christ, as dead to sin and alive to God.
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I’m sure there are men and women out there who have been able to walk away from that lifestyle without Christ. But their motivation is likely just another sinful way of dishonoring God. Why? Because anything we value more than Christ is an idol. So, if we turn from porn because we love our wives, it may be noble, but it shouldn’t be the prime reason.
We turn from sexual immorality, no matter what we’re engaged in – wandering eyes, pornography, adultery – because we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
Finally, let’s look at the joy and life that’s available to us. In John 4, Jesus goes to the well, where he meets a Samaritan woman. It’s the hottest part of the day, so we find that she went when no one else did because of the sin that everyone knew she was engaged in.
Jesus knows as well and calls her out on it.
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
If you’re a Christian and tangled in sexual sin, this verse should find its way straight to your heart. It did for me because pornography never satisfied; I was always thirsty for more.
Once I saw how beautiful and refreshing Jesus is, I realized I was drinking toilet water that was killing me from the inside.
We might go to church every Sunday, participate in a small group and know our Bibles. But if there is sexual sin in our lives, we’re worthless to the ones around us who don’t know Jesus.
If someone filled up a glass with cold, clean spring water and then spit in it, we could reasonably say the water is 90 percent pure. But would you want that? Would that be refreshing? Well, that’s how we’re presenting ourselves to God.
God, we don’t just want to hate sexual sin, we want to be free from it. Thank you for providing scriptures like Romans 6:11 that tells us we are dead to sin but alive in Christ. We plead with you, Lord, to open our hearts, so these verses won’t just stay in our brains and be used to sound like Biblical intellectuals. Plant this in our heart, so that when we speak your word, it’s done with passion and sincerity. Thank you, Jesus, for dying on the cross to make us free from our sin. Now, fill our hearts with your living water so we can turn from our sin and walk in freedom.