Sexual Purity – Part 1.
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Sexual Purity – Part 1
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. Ephesians 4:17-19
For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
1 Peter 4:3
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Focus Tonight is On Sexual Purity
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
1 Timothy 5:1-3
So what is purity?
1. the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes, etc.: the purity of drinking water.
2. freedom from any admixture or modifying addition.
3. ceremonial or ritual cleanness.
4. freedom from guilt or evil; innocence.
5. physical chastity; virginity.
Would you drink this water? It’s only 3% impure.
There are many more, including many too offensive even to list here.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
God’s Perfect Gift of Sexuality
Attraction to Opposite Sex
Incentive to Accept and Value Differences
Very Powerful Bonding Mechanism in Marriage
Incentive to Love, Be Considerate, Resolve
Perversion: Twisting something good into something bad.
Satan’s Perversion Process
Impurity in Dating
“Experts” SayingIt’s All Fine
many more . . .
Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Some Things You Should Know about Your Brain
Prefrontal Cortex (PFC) controls: planning
learning from mistakes
The PRC is not fully developed until about age 25. (Most car rental agencies won’t rent to drivers under 25.)
There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas, and
the way of a man with a maiden.
Bottom Line: There’s a lot going on, some we can understand, some we can’t.
We need help!
Many of us messed up by choices we made before we became Christians.
Some of us were abused sexually by someone else.
All of us have to deal righteously with our feelings and temptations.
We are responsible for our choices.
God has given us his Spirit, his Word, and one another to help us in all of our battles.