Even A Hint Of Impurity Is Rebellion Against God
November 24, 2014
1 John 3:4 says, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” Do we not believe God’s Word here? Do we not understand that when we sin we are breaking God’s Holy Law –that which commands that we walk “in all goodness, righteousness, and truth” (Eph. 5:9)? Do we not understand that, regardless of how well we uphold parts of the Law, to stumble at just one point is to break all of it? (Ja. 2:10) Apparently, many are deceiving themselves to Hell as they listen to the Word but are lax in obeying it. (1:22) “Oh, I know and love Jesus!” so many say. Yet because they refuse to obey Christ’s commands, 1 John 2:3,4 condemns them as liars who do not possess the Truth.
So, we read that to sin is to commit lawlessness. To commit lawlessness is to commit rebellion against God. To commit rebellion against God is to commit wickedness. To commit wickedness is to forfeit eternal salvation. (1 Cor. 6:9)
What are the acts of wickedness? They are any of those things which displease God. They are any of those things which go against all goodness, righteousness, and truth. A wicked act is any deed, thought, word, or belief that rebels against the control of the Holy Spirit. (Mt. 5:27-30 // Rom. 8:1-14 // Gal. 5:16-25) Wickedness is anything which comes from the sinful nature.
Many people, even those who claim to follow Jesus, think that they are in-dwelt with the sinful nature even while they claim to also be in-dwelt with God’s nature (–that nature which 1 John 3:9 says born-anew people possess). This they believe, insist upon, and propagate, even when Gal. 5:24 (and such verses) are pointed out to them. This verse says, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” Is this unclear language to the reader? A few verses up “the acts of the sinful nature” (v. 19) are described. (v. 19-21) And verse 21 ends with, “I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Is this unclear? It’s not. And neither is 1 Cor. 6:9,10 which states and describes the same; nor is Rev. 21:8.
“Well, I’m not living that bad,” many claim. But haven’t we just reminded ourselves that to transgress at one point of the Law is to break all of it?
Let’s look at Eph. 5:3,4. They say, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed… neither obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking…” How many so-called “Christians” are engaged in hints of impurity? Many! And before we point fingers, let’s examine our own selves. (2 Cor. 13:5) Do we lust? Do we speak even one filthy sentence a week? That’s 52 filths a year. Is that not more than a hint of impurity? Eph. 5:5 warns us, “For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure, or greedy person –such a man is an idolater– has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God.” What about the things we watch and listen to? –Are we not participating in impurity by such means and contaminating the temple of God? We are, and God will destroy the temples of His Holy Spirit which become defiled and refuse to be kept clean. (1 Cor. 3:16,17)
Let’s use some reasoning skills here. Can a person who is committing some kind of sexual impurity, whether he engages in it with his body or his spirit (mind, heart, thoughts, words), have any inheritance with Christ? No, we just read in Eph. 5:5 that he cannot. (Neither can a greedy person.) Why, then, do we keep hearing questions about whether or not the sexually immoral are true Christ-followers? For God’s Word makes it abundantly clear that they are not.
2 Thes. 1:8,9 states it plainly that those who do not know God or obey Christ’s Gospel will be punished with eternal destruction. Jesus says that those who do not do God’s will, regardless of the “good” deeds they think they are doing, will be condemned. (Mt. 7:21-23) Jesus calls such pretenders “hypocrites, blind fools, unclean, wicked, and snakes headed for Hell.” (See Mt. ch. 23) He warns us that if we follow such people, we will become as much (or more) a son of Hell as they are (v. 15) and will fall into the pit with them. (15:14) Eph. 5:6,7 warns us to stay away from the disobedient, for they are recipients of God’s wrath.
Yet even with all this warning from God’s Word, we still have those who refuse to come out and be separate from the unclean. (2 Cor. 6:17) They will not “purify themselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit” (see 7:1), for they do not truly reverence God. (See same verse) Have we not been repeatedly commanded to remove ourselves from those who walk unrighteously? We have! (6:14) If we do not, God is not our Father. (v. 18) If we do not, we will be corrupted along with them (1 Cor. 15:33) and be condemned to Hell. (Mt. 23:13)
Therefore, 1 Cor. 5:9-13 has told us to judge those so-called “Christians” who commit sexual immorality, greed, idolatry, slander, drunkenness, and fraud. We are to expel them from our worship services and not have any association with them. (same verses) We are not to tolerate those who claim to love Jesus but who continue to sin. Only if such sinners have genuinely repented and are asking, with sincerity, for our help, are we to have any association or patience with them. But for hypocrites: Zero tolerance.
Everyone who sins breaks God’s Law. Everyone who breaks God’s Law is in violation of His holy standard. Everyone who violates God’s holy standard must repent of their rebellion. Repentance is proved by deeds (Acts 26:20) regardless of what false-gospel propagators insist upon.