“Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
I think it is safe to say that humans have been struggling with Temptation for a very long time, from the very beginning in the Garden of Eden and then of course, giving into it’s seduction which then becomes Sin; we all know it well, that relentless rebellious nature, doing things ‘our way.’ But what about those “secret sins.” They are the ones that a person might turn to in the hopes of filling a void, the ones kept hidden, lying about (which is also a sin), often acted upon when alone. In its fullest extreme, one might isolate themselves frequently to indulge in it, excusing the behavior or even consider it “normal” if caught red-handed and those secret sins will literally consume your thoughts, time, money, even at the cost of personal or marital relationships and can keep one from building a deeper relationship with the Lord. No doubt, there can be a long list of behaviors leading to sin when acted upon, even those kept “secret.” Some of them might include; jealousy, stealing, drunkenness, gambling or being ‘high’ on drugs. However, we’re going to explore the sins that apply to the area of immorality to keep in step with this purity blog & its purpose. More importantly, providing the way out of the darkness..
Pornography addiction and homosexuality are the main topics in this post as they are often the pioneer of “secret sins” those ‘taboo’ or forbidden subjects that are usually kept hidden, uncomfortable to discuss and sometimes never coming face to face with the reality that there may very well be a problem, one that holds many hostage to “that thing” they believe at the time, might satisfy their deepest desire. Sadly, our culture today is bent on enabling sins instead of truly loving folks out of them by sharing the truth in love and warning for restoration. Jesus came to set captives free from all sin. This understanding leads to victory over sin.
Likewise, please know that any sexual activity outside of marriage is forbidden by God for our emotional well being, physical protection – yet can be redeemed when we ask the Lord to help us resist those temptations. Those other destructive behaviors include; pre-marital sex/fornication/living together before marriage, masturbation (because the mind is then set on lust/fantasy that is ungodly) too. On the topic of same-sex relationships, please check out the following link for news about the homosexual agenda / sexual relativism on the rise. Please know, anyone who is willing to trust God, read His word – will be made new as many have come out of those sins and are sharing their testimonies today!
Life saving news ahead…..
Sex and Family was God’s Idea! However, looking at our world today, it is clear that sex has been aggressively mis-handled, abused and perverted for far too long and many are in need of healing from its destructive ways. In our 21st Century, we see literally everywhere, an overly-sexualized culture with no boundaries, no limitations, so much “open-mindedness” that I’m afraid a few brains have fallen out! Basically, having any type of high expectations toward purity and holiness are even mocked, persecuted and treated as an impossibility for humans. For those of us who have experienced God’s transformative power through His Word and His relentless love personally, we know it is possible to be self-controlled especially in these areas! Part of what Jesus has done for us in His loving-kindness, leads us to genuine repentance (turning away from sin) and ultimately experiencing inward transformation which is where I pray you too will be led to explore. This is not about “legalistic rules..” it’s about inward transformation / repentance / obedience that comes from a heart fully surrendered to Jesus and letting His Spirit and Living Word direct your life mainly because you trust God’s word by faith.
We can see the mis-use of sex, including personal preferences to engage in sexual activity not just in the physical realm but in verbiage as well. Innuendo is the norm in many conversations between both men and women, t.v. shows, music and movie industry especially. It’s out there for all to see and hear and it seems we’ve tolerated it for so long that many are fighting for “rights” to try and change the absolute moral law altogether. The beauty is that God’s law (biblical worldview) has never changed (Hebrews 13:8), even though the worldview does.
Thus, it seems we’ve accepted certain behaviors as ‘normal’ while it’s truly destroying lives not only physically, but eternally. Sadly, many have used ‘tolerant speak’ while often mis-using the scripture, “Do not judge.” Interestingly, this verse is not even one of the ten commandments, yet it seems many people have replaced those with this one as the ultimate one to live by. The Bible says in context, that we can judge from a righteous standpoint – not to condemn (Only God has the authority to condemn) but to correct to restore others to Christ; thus, once we personally have turned from sin that once mastered us, we can then help others come out of that sin as well. Therefore, cherry-picking verses is unwise and confusing. We must study the whole text to gather the right interpretation. Thus, we must be careful not to become hypocritical. In fact, as Christians, we first must righteously judge / examine ourselves through biblical correction, hopefully leading us to repent to be delivered of sins that entangle our soul before we show our brothers and sisters (Matt. 7:5). Which is why I share the following in love to you… By Grace, the LORD adopted me into His kingdom – humbling me, redeeming, delivering and setting my heart and life free from the snares of immorality that once held me hostage. That is precisely why I’m encouraged to share the truth, even if it hurts the ego from time to time friend. Christ loved sinners and still does, but never left them that way! He told the woman caught in adultery, go and sin no more. He wouldn’t ask us to do something He wasn’t able to help us with! I was once that woman who was lost and rebellious. He showed us a way out… that is the point. Grace covers us. Let the pruning begin today… is the holy spirit tugging at you??
All of scripture is God-breathed & purposeful for humanity. Jesus is our example of holy living indeed and His perfect, holy standards are given to protect us, not to harm us. Exposing the utter darkness / wickedness of sins shining the light of Christ on them! This is not about rules or rituals, it’s about a relationship that changes us from the inside out. It’s about…
1 Thessalonians 4
New King James Version (NKJV)
Plea for Purity
4 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given[a] us His Holy Spirit.
WARNING: YOU SHOULD KNOW!
PORN KILLS LOVE: Those who have or are currently viewing porn regularly are more likely to entertain thoughts of adultery and are also more susceptible to endorse/support and might even participate in the homosexual lifestyle as studies have shown. Likewise, have you dabbled into sexual relations with those of the same-sex out of curiosity or even beginning to fully embrace that kind of lifestyle? And have you ever wondered why you may have these kinds of attractions/behaviors?
It’s time for a breakthrough!
THERE IS HOPE!
I trust the Lord will make a way for you and believe these particular links were hand-picked by God Himself to deliver a message to you reader! They are wonderful tools hopefully leading you to make purer choices also, knowing what to look for in your own life or your families. This kind of study may be offensive to some so please keep an open heart, and prayerful about it. From my own living testimony, Jesus is the only one who can set you free from anything binding your soul, troubling you, seducing you away from His glorious eternal kingdom.
I am hopeful and prayerful that the following information as well as the links provided above, will be catalysts to breaking free, setting your mind back on pure, praiseworthy, eternal things delivering you from the bondage that has ensnared many a soul. Turn and seek the Lord who has arms wide open for you. Don’t delay!
W A R N I N G!
Some of the sites contain offensive / sexually explicit written content exposing the dark realities of the industry.