Purity in a World of Perversion

Perversion seems to be so disgustingly celebrated these days. I’m not just talking about sexual perversion although that’s what we tend to think about when we hear that word. A perverted lifestyle is anything that goes against how God created us or meant for us to live. “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 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 of God” (Ephesians 5:3-5).

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But even if we don’t live or participate in these things we shouldn’t hold our heads high too quickly. “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret” (Ephesians 5:11-12).  We’re not even supposed to mention the sinful acts of the world and bring to light the deeds of darkness. Christians, I included, spend a lot of time railing against a perverse world when we should instead practice purity for all to see. Our example, combined with God’s word should be enough to convict the world of its debauchery. If not, then let God judge the hearts of men. We must, through the Spirit, live a holy life before our Father (Galatians 5:16-21).

-Joe

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