1 Corinthians 6:18 (NKJV) “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.”
It’s not a one denominational or non denominational thing.
To assume that sexual immorality operates only in one place is not to be taken. Every denomination, and every non denomination may have been touched. From scandals among pastors, leaders, and parishioners, it’s a very sinful problem.
The reasons for sexual immorality among churches varies. One thing is certain, self control, a fruit of the Spirit in true believers, obedience to the Scriptures, accountability partners, and constantly watching every thing about you and your surroundings can stop sexual immorality from consuming you.
Is it possible?
It’s left up to you. The Lord God did everything that He’s going to do to redeem us. Even defeating the power and guilt of sin on the cross of Christ.
Your willingness to obey His Word is now required, demanded, and commanded. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is constantly before us. We are one decision away from death or keeping our life.
Adam and Eve brought death into the world by disobeying the commandment of God.
Romans 5:12 (NKJV) “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—”
Romans 5:19 (NKJV) “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.“
Who and what are we willing to obey to keep sexual sins out of our lives? To what extent are we willing to go to close the door on sexual immorality?
For years, sexual immorality was a major part of my life. Lusting after the flesh. Gratifying myself for personal pleasure. I thought that I could have both, but I was deceiving myself. Watching porn and solo fantasy sex.
I was among many pastors, church leaders, and parishioners trapped in the dark world of pornography. It’s a secret. No one knew but myself, the devil that had me bound, and ultimately, God.
Hebrews 4:13 (NKJV) “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
When you can easily deceive yourself into thinking that you would not have to give an account, it’s very easy to sin.
Romans 1:18-19 (NKJV) “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.”
To suppress means to hold it down.
In order to sin, you have to overcome the conviction. You have to force your mind into thinking that you will not fall under the wrath of God, but it’s futile.
It’s a mindless wasted exercise to justify the love of sin in defiance of God’s commandments.
Sexual immorality became god in my life.
Exodus 20:3 says “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
Christ was last in my life. Anything that comes before God is not second. It’s last.
Matthew 22:36-40 (NKJV) “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
You can’t love the Lord and love sin at the same time. You have to make a decision because the decision determines destiny. Eternal destiny.
God competes with no one.
2 Timothy 3:4-5 (NKJV) “…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”
We have to decide whether or not the pleasures of this life becomes lord or the Lord of lords.
Luke 8:14 (NKJV) “Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.”
In the parable of the sower, the Lord is teaching about where people are in relationship to Him. The only place where a believer is fruitful is when he’s on good ground producing good fruit.
The pleasures of this life brought no fruit to maturity. In other words, I was unfruitful (see John 15:1-8).
Whenever there’s sin, it’s a bad tree producing bad fruit.
There comes a point where I had to stop pretending that I was producing good fruit and accept the truth that I am a bad tree producing bad fruit.
This same mentality happens in every place of worship. We pretend to be holy, sanctified, righteous, and when we look deep inside us, we know that we’re a bad tree.
It’s easy to point the finger at other denominations and non denominations. Why? Because it takes the attention off of you. In self righteousness, we write about what they’ve done while we do our own thing in hypocrisy.
One of the greatest sermon that Jesus preached were to the spiritual leadership in Israel. Hypocrites. Serpents. Brood of vipers. Sepulchers. Blind guides. Fools and blind. Blind Pharisee.
Preachers today, most of them, are following the same pattern.
We hide behind our persona, our charismatic personality. In the eyesight of people, we could do no wrong. But before the Lord, every secret thing is before Him.
We have to understand that among wheat are tares. Among the righteous are those that give the appearance of righteousness. We say the right thing. SOMETIMES. But it’s just a matter of time before we let the cat out of the bag or that the Lord have had enough and exposes us for who and what we really are.
God embarrasses us because He is looking to redeem us if we’re willing to repent and turn from our wicked ways. He’s given so much time to repent. We take advantage of His grace, goodness, kindness, and love.
By staying in the place of a perverted pretender, we slap aside His mercy because the enjoyment of pleasure consumes us. Totally obsessed with sexual immorality, we allow ourselves to be fully possessed by demons.
We switch from pretending to be a man of God to a man predominantly of satan.
We don’t think that we would die. We honestly think that we will live forever, but the clock never lies. God, at anytime could snatch our breath. But the thought of the pleasure overrides the thought of being judged for sexual sins.
The other pastor, church leader, parishioner will die. But not me.
Like a fool, our pretending comes to an abrupt end.
One way or another.
That’s why sexual immorality in Christianity goes on. There’s no fear of God, no fear of His wrath. No fear of His judgment.
Until this fear returns, Christianity will continue to have blemishes, spots, wrinkles.
But not for long.
Many will catch themselves like the prodigal son and receive the chastising correction as sons. This correction is necessary and painful.
Then there’s the tares.
The poisonous ones among the wheat. They will be gathered, bundled and burned.
2 Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1 (NKJV) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”
“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the LORD Almighty.”
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”