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1 The Works of the Flesh Sins of Sensuality Galatians 5:19

2 2 The Will of God Our sanctification, 1 Ths. 4:3-4 Moral purity & holiness in all our conduct, 1 Pet. 1:13-16; 2:11-12

3 3 “In Greece there has never been any shame in relationships before marriage or outside marriage. Demosthenes writes as if it was the merest commonplace, as indeed it was: ‘We keep mistresses for pleasure, concubines for the day-to-day needs of the body, but we have wives in order to produce children legitimately and to have a trustworthy guardian of our homes.’” (Barclay, Flesh & Spirit, p. 24) Ancient Greece

4 4 Roman Empire Morality during 1 st half of the 2 nd century “…an age when shame seems to have vanished from the earth.” (J. J. Chapman, cited in Flesh & Spirit, Barclay, p. 24)

5 5 Roman Empire Moral purity “Chastity is simply a proof of ugliness.” “Innocence is not rare, it is non-existent.” (Seneca, On Benefits, ; On Anger, 2.8, cited in Flesh & Spirit, Barclay, p. 25)

6 6 Roman Empire Adultery “Roman women were married to be divorced & were divorced to be married. Some of them distinguished the years, not by the names of the consuls, but by the names of their husbands.” (Seneca, Ibid.)

7 7 Homosexuality “Of the first fifteen Emperors, Claudius was the only one whose taste in love was entirely correct.” (Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, Gibbon; cited in Flesh & Spirit, Barclay, p. 26) Roman Empire

8 8 Homosexuality Julius Caesar was notoriously the lover of king Nicomedes of BithyniaJulius Caesar was notoriously the lover of king Nicomedes of Bithynia Nero “married” a youth called Sporus & had a marriage procession through the streets of Rome (Barclay, p. 27)Nero “married” a youth called Sporus & had a marriage procession through the streets of Rome (Barclay, p. 27) Roman Empire

9 9 “There was no strong body of opinion against immorality. To the Graeco-Roman world immorality in sexual matters was not immorality; it was established custom and practice.” (Barclay, 28) Roman Empire

10 10 Same-sex marriage being advancedSame-sex marriage being advanced Homosexual acceptance by some churches, in clergy, entertainment, etc.Homosexual acceptance by some churches, in clergy, entertainment, etc. Premarital sex is common; adultery is widespreadPremarital sex is common; adultery is widespread Pervasive sexual promiscuityPervasive sexual promiscuity America, 2004

11 11 Fornication (porneia) “Illicit sexual intercourse in general” (Thayer, 532) (Matt. 5:32; 19:9) Adultery – Rom. 7:2-3; Heb. 13:4 Homosexuality – 1 Cor. 6:9 (1 Tim. 1:10) Bestiality – Lev. 18:23; Exo. 22:19

12 12 Characteristics of Fornication Lustful, Mk. 7:21; Matt. 5:28 (Prov. 6: 23-29) Loveless, 1 Ths. 4:6 (Heb. 13:4) Against the body & dishonors it, 1 Cor. 6:13, 15, 18 (1 Ths. 4:3-5) Punished by God, 1 Ths. 4:6 (Heb. 13:4)

13 13 Ways to Escape Fornication Self-control, (Gal. 5:23; 2 Pet. 1:6) Phil. 4:8 Marriage, 1 Cor. 7:2 Render due kindness, 1 Cor. 7:3-5 (Prov. 5:15-20) Flee fornication, 1 Cor. 6:18 Do not be deceived, 1 Cor. 6:9

14 14 Uncleanness (akatharsia) Physical dirt, dirtiness Ceremonial uncleanness that prevented one from coming into the presence of God (Lev. 22:2-3) Moral defilement

15 15 Uncleanness (akatharsia) “in a moral sense: the impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living … used of impure motives in 1 Ths. 2:3” (Thayer, 21)

16 16 Uncleanness is Inclusive Thought, Gen. 6:5; Prov. 23:7 Word, Eph. 5:3-4 Deed, Eph. 4:19-20 A greedy, selfish act designed to gratify fleshly lusts through impure means (cf. Matt. 5:8)

17 17 Lewdness (aselgeia) “unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageous- ness, shamelessness, insolence…wanton (acts or) manners, as filthy words, indecent bodily movements, unchaste handling of males & females” (Fritzsche), Rom. 13:13” (Thayer, 79-80)

18 18 Lewdness Starts in the Mind Mark 7:21-23 Unbridled lust, Jas. 1:14-15 Shameless, unrestrained conduct Filthy words Indecent bodily movements Impure handling of males & females Immodest dress Pornography, cyber-sex, etc.

19 19 Lewdness Disregards Decency “The terrible thing about ‘aselgeia’ is that it is the act of a character which has lost that which ought to be its greatest defense -- its self-respect, and its sense of shame.” (Flesh & Spirit, Barclay, p. 33) Christians must cease such thoughts & practices – 1 Pet. 4:2-4; Gal. 5:23-24

20 20 The Progression of Sin 2 Cor. 12:21 (Gal. 5:19) akatharsia: A general defilement of the whole personality porneia: Defilement within a specific area of life (sexual relations) aselgeia: Reckless love of sin so that one ceases to care what God or man thinks of his actions

21 21 Sins of Sensuality An insult to God & His people, Rom. 1:24-27; Eph. 5:3, 12 God’s punishment, Gal. 5:21 God’s remedy: Repent & cease, 2 Cor. 12:21 (Col. 3:5-8)


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