Flee from sexual immorality

Do you not know ?

The Jewish elders in Jerusalem sent a brief letter to the Gentile believers abroad urging them to keep their bodies pure and to abstain from sexual immorality.

Ac 15:28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:
Ac 15:29
You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.

The command is simple to understand and basic.   Here is the definition of immorality:

2.

immoral behaviour, esp in sexual matters; licentiousness; profligacy or promiscuity

The Apostle Paul also reaffirmed this basic Christian principle in his teaching.

1Co 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality.  All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.
1Co 6:19
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
1Co 6:20
you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body

Notice that Paul describes the kind of immorality as being sexual in nature.  The Christian requirement is lifelong abstinence of all sexual encounters outside of marriage.  We live in a culture that inundates us daily with sexual images presented in all manner of media.  For the Christian we need to avoid compromising our bodies which incredibly also serves as the temple of the Holy Spirit.  We cannot with the Spirit of the living God dwelling within our bodies follow after the ways of this world by participating in the manifest promiscuity that the world offers.  The Apostolic command is simple:  flee from sexual immorality.

Obviously this means staying away from any situation where one might get intoxicated, losing normal willpower and restraint, increasing the chances to compromise long held values, yielding to the temptation, and in the end causing one to sin against their own bodies.  Christian standards are higher than the worlds standards because God has made our bodies holy so as to serve Him on a daily basis for a higher purpose.

Pop radio stations play the daily music idolizing all manner of immoral behavior leaving little left to imagine.  But think of where this lifestyle leads a person: ashamed, sad, broken, miserable, and lonely.  An immoral lifestyle promises freedom but also leads to Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s).

Here are the statistics for STD’s in the United States –

“One in five people in the United States have an STD.  Two-thirds of all STDs occur in people 25 years of age or younger.  One in four new STD infections occurs in teenagers.  One in five Americans have genital herpes, yet 90 percent of those with herpes are unaware they have it.  At least one in four Americans will contract an STD at some point in their lives.”  http://www.ashastd.org/std-sti-works/std-statistics.html

Abstinence until marriage is the Christian way.   As a young man I prayed all through high school and college for a pure Christian spouse and the Lord answered my prayers after seven or eight years.  I have been married for seventeen years now and I can say it was worth the wait.  As a young man I never worried about contracting some unknown disease or getting a young woman pregnant.  I urge young people to flee from sexual immorality so that they can enjoy marriage at some later date. They can live a joyful Christian life now with freedom from guilt and worry.   But first they need to flee from immorality and rid themselves of it for good.

Christians also need to remain faithful in marriage and to guard their hearts and minds at all times.  We need to be vigilant to avoid dark allies on the Internet because the Spirit of the living God dwells within us and we do not wish to grieve the Lord or to harm our souls.

Were you aware that most large corporations can fire an employee for downloading inappropriate sexual material?  This puts the company at risk both to  lawsuits and the risk of defamation of corporate image, prestige, and revenue.  The safest thing for a corporation to do is to fire the bad employee.   If companies are willing to go to great measures to protect their image and reputation how much more then should Christian’s who carry within their bodies the Spirit of the living God be constantly vigilant to flee from sexual immorality.

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