These Things Ought Not To Be
- Date: February 27, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
- From Put On Christ
I want to look at the second part of Ephesians begining in Chapter 4 and down through the first portion of Chapter 5. This can be broken into three general categories. Paul is concerned with our vocation and behavior, and in the first part of this he wants to address our moral integrity: the integrity of heart. Are we people that are trustworthy? Are we honest? I don't mean we are honest just by the fact that somebody can entrust their money to us or give us a power of attorney over their estate. How about being trustworthy in how we control our words? We're going to look at much of this here in Ephesians and Colossians. Do you control your tongue? Can we trust you with our very lives that you're not talking behind our backs speaking evil of us, and there are not those "little digs" that go in? I'm not just talking about your best friends. I'm talking about everybody, the body of Christ. How trustworthy are we? Where is our integrity to keep away from all types of corrupt communication? Do we ever demean people? Do we ever slander people? Slander doesn't mean that you're making up a lie about people and going and spreading that around. It is slander when the situation is true, but you're "just passing it on." You say, "Well, I thought that was gossip." It is part of being a busybody and a gossip, but it's slanderous. Scripture speaks of that very clearly. Do you know that these sins will send us to hell just like murder, fornication, and adultery? There's a reason I want to talk about this. Remember the general subject that we've been on for months, and months, and months now. We're talking about the bride making herself ready. We're talking about being without spot or wrinkle, and much of the behavior that's acceptable to us is not acceptable to God.
The second subject addressed in this part of Ephesians is not very long, but it has to do with sexual purity. It's interesting that that's a big deal to God. We discussed this months ago. We talked very frankly about our sexual lives and the fact that sexual impurities are sex outside the wedding covenant. It can manifest itself in many ways. I'm not going to get into the specifics, but if there's ever been a time when we need to guard our hearts and our eyes, this is the day. With the internet, with all of the skin flicks out there, on television and at the checkout counters. A survey was just done in colleges. I don't know why it was this age group, but it was freshmen and sophomores, Christians and non-Christians. Over 95 percent of these college students were involved with pornography on the internet. It didn't matter whether they were Christians or non-Christians. That's tragic. That's tragic!
The power of pornography and the endorphins that are set off… It's as powerful as or more powerful than cocaine, crack, and heroin. "I've got to have another fix. I've got to have a bigger fix!" Let me share something with you, beloved. Abstain. You can't control it. It will control you. It will take control of your flesh. You say, "Pastor, why do you say it will control me? I'm disciplined. I have the Holy Ghost in me, and these little, casual things…" Let me tell you something. The flesh lusts against the spirit, the spirit against the flesh. These two are contrary, the one to the other. You cannot do the things that you would do. We know for a fact that the thing you feed is what will take authority and power. I don't care what you have to do. I do know one principle: if your eye offends you, pluck it out, and if your hand offends you, cut it off. I'm not going to get bogged down in this thing, but I want to tell you something. It's 95 percent and more, and we're saying, "Oh!" It is 60 percent of women! It's a moral pandemic of sexual lust and of lust for things: bigger homes, better cars, fashion. That's why I use the term "pandemic." It's not just sexual. It's lust. Paul speaks toward this.
The third subject is interpersonal relationships. I got these categories from a book that I read by Jerry Bridges. As I studied them out, I found some Scriptures and looked through it. I thought one thing was interesting. It was that, out of these three categories, integrity, personal integrity, and sexual purity, interpersonal relationships wins out two to one in the space that the Holy Ghost uses to talk to us. He talks to us more about our relationships than about integrity, personal integrity, and sexual purity. We ought to listen up. The interpersonal relationships have to do with how much our lives are involved, how we love one another in reality. "Love your brother." Then we tear them down with our words, we judge them in our hearts, and we are people being made ready for the return of the Lord. "These things ought not to be," the Holy Ghost said.