Monday, March 31, 2008

Flee Immorality

There are many in the congregations today that gather in the name of Jesus and claim His precious name, yet they live in sexual immorality. They have casual sex and go their separate ways; some commit adultery, and some who are single live together outside of holy, God ordained wedlock; they have children and rear them in immorality assuring the cycle to continue; many go to church and bow to pray thinking they are being heard by God; they even act as if they are righteous. They raise up for themselves preachers to tickle their ears while they conjure up a “Jesus” in their minds that suits their fancy. Well---this is your wake up call people!! God loves you but he hates the sin you are in. Jesus died to cleanse and deliver you from sin, not to cover you in His blood while you willfully continue to wallow in it.

The Apostle Paul writes,

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”

(1st Corinthians 6:9-11 NASU)

If you indeed did come to know the Lord Jesus you were cleansed of your sin and set apart for holiness. Do not let your heart or the teachings of false doctrines deceive you into thinking that you can continue in your sin and still inherit the kingdom of God.

To inherit hell and its woes will be a tremendous curse. Everyone should be anxious that they not be deceived, that while they set their hope on eternal life they do not sink down to everlasting death instead!

“Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.”

(1st Corinthians 6:18 NASU)

As we read the words of the Apostle Paul one can feel that there is force and emphasis in the command to “flee immorality;” a solemn command of God; as fully and clearly expressed as any that thundered from Mount Sinai. No ONE, man or woman, in or out of the church, should disregard it as if they are exempt of penalty or punishment, for none can violate it without being exposed to the wrath of Almighty God.

One should detest, abhor and RUN AWAY from sex outside the union of holy matrimony (fornication KJV) as from trouble or danger; they should not stay to REASON about it; to debate the matter; or even to CONTEND with the inborn inclinations of the flesh, or attempt to test the strength of their moral excellence or righteousness. There are some sins or solicitations to sin, which can be resisted; some about which one can reason without danger of becoming impure or corrupt. But sexual immorality is a sin where one is SAFE only when they flee; one is free from pollution only when they refuse to entertain a thought of it; secure when they seek a victory by flight, and a conquest by retreat. Let the one who desires to be a child of God turn away from it without reflection on it and he/she is safe. Let them think, and reason on the subject and they flirt with death.

The very passage of an impure thought through the mind leaves pollution behind it.”

Even a debate on the matter often leaves pollution; a description most definitely ruins; and even the presentation of motives AGAINST it may often fix the mind with dangerous inclination toward the sin. The Apostle Paul prescribed no way of avoiding the pollution of fornication but to flee; there is no one safe who will not follow his direction.

Though sin of every kind has a tendency to destroy life, yet none are so liable or subject to death as those to which the Apostle refers; they strike immediately at the foundation of the physical and spiritual make up of a person. By the just judgment of God, all these irregular and sinful connections are joined and united with death. Prostitutes, whoremongers, homosexuals nor unclean persons of any description, should they remain in their sin, live out the fullness of their days.

How many people would be saved from poverty, want, curses, tears, sexually transmitted and other diseases, death and hell, if these two words, FLEE IMMORALITY, could be made “to blaze before them like the writing before the astonished eyes of Belshazzar (Daniel 5), and could they terrify them from even the MOMENTARY contemplation of the crime.”

James C Sanford

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