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Life

Why Sexual Immorality Corrupts Differently Than Other Sins

Every sin is bad. Every sin corrupts. Saying a little white lie will send you to hell just as equally as a fornicating sin will. However, sexual immorality goes a bit deeper. Sexual immorality cuts to the core of humans in a way that other sins do not. The reason is simple: it’s intertwined with the heart and soul and mind, as well as with the body.  Not every sin is like that.  That’s what Paul means in 1 Corinthians 6:18 when he says that every other sin is outside the body, but the sexual immoral person sins against his own body.  To sin sexually, Paul might say today, means you are practically going to ruin your life (here on earth, not just in eternity).

John Calvin explains it like this: “[Paul] does not altogether deny that there are other vices, in like manner, by which our body is dishonored and disgraced, but that his meaning is simply this — that defilement does not attach itself to our body from other vices in the same way as it does from fornication. My hand, it is true, is defiled by theft or murder, my tongue by evil speaking, or perjury, and the whole body by drunkenness; but fornication leaves a stain impressed upon the body, such as is not impressed upon it from other sins.”

Sexual immorality has a way of tearing apart lives and relationships in a way that other sins do not. This doesn’t excuse other sins.  This doesn’t mean that obscene pride and outrageous lifestyles will not ruin a life.  O, they will!  But a plain reading of Scripture reveals this truth especially about sexual immorality.  Proverbs 5:8-11 teaches us, “Keep your way far from her [that is, the forbidden woman, v. 3], and do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless, lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner, and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed.”

There is hope amidst this dismal picture.  The good news of the gospel is that Christ’s blood has redeemed you.  Your sexual purity is a blood-bought gift that was purchased on Calvary.  Know that God owns your body, and he has made it for himself, for holiness.  What better incentive is there to kill sexual sin (as well as every sin)!

Sexual immorality will consume your flesh and your body and your heart and your mind in an all-together differently destructive way than every other sin.  Paul teaches that.  Proverbs does, too.  It’s all over Scripture.   Every other sin is outside your body.  Sexual sin is against your own body.  Flee sexual immorality.  Please, it will save you from ruining your life.

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Theology

Missionaries Are Everywhere, Not Just Overseas

When a person leaves to be a missionary to China or Africa or India or any other “far away land,” we get excited about him learning the language, lingo, and slang, participating in the cultural customs, wearing appropriate clothing and headgear, and listening to and enjoying the popular music and entertainment.

Why don’t we get as excited when someone moves across the tracks in his own city to a completely different village and tribe village for the purpose of spreading the gospel?

For some odd reason, some Christians think that if young Christian listens to hip-hip, wears FuBu, and talks like he’s “from the ghetto,” that he must be worldly and sleeping around.  Others may think that if a Christian listens to grunge and punk, wears a backwards hat, has tattoos down his arms, and likes the color black then he must have a problem with depression and drugs.

No one would look down on a Christian who moves to China to share the gospel and walks, talks, dresses, and eats like everyone else.  Let’s not do it to those who are in the villages, tribes, and cultures right here in our own country.  They are missionaries as well, laboring to live out the gospel in real community so that sinners like you and me will meet Jesus.

I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.  I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
– 1 Corinthians 9:22-23

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Theology

Spirit Baptism and the Body of Christ

Here is a very unique, biblical, well-written treatise of Spirit baptism, and what it is supposed to accomplish in the body of Christ.