Can a man scoop fire into his lap
without his clothes being burned?
Can a man walk on hot coals
without his feet being scorched?
Neither can a man indulge in sexual immorality without expecting his life to be destroyed. In 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Paul addresses the problem of sexual immorality amongst Christians. Paul does not merely say don’t do it! He sets forward a radically Christian view of our bodies:
- your body is not your own to do whatever you like with – it belongs to Jesus!
- your body is eternal – it will be raised up just like Jesus was!
- your body is profoundly united with Jesus Christ – one flesh!
- your body is sacred – a temple where God’s Spirit now dwells!
In light of such a radical view of our bodies Paul commands us to flee sexual immorality and honour God with our bodies. Click here to listen to the sermon.
Probably the most prominent expression of sexual immorality in our society today is internet pornography. God’s command to flee sexual immorality! means that we must be proactive about guarding ourselves and each other against pornography. If you are already caught in pornography then you need to be decisive in dealing with it. Bring it before God, ask his help and then seek someone who can help you through these issues is the way to go. Our Recovery ministries are a good first port of call.
The internet is not only the source of problems, it also has some great resources to help move forward. Some are of these resources are fences which help prevent you and your children from straying to unsafe places. Some have good practical and Biblical advice on dealing with pornography:
www.x3watch.com – a way to let your chosen accountability mate know what sites you’ve viewed. It’s free and is used by the Lakes staff. Click here to get a brief guide on how to set it up. Why not get serious and install it now!
www.netalert.gov.au/filters.html – a free download from the Australian government to block any Internet porn.
www.covenanteyes.com – a way to let your mate know what Internet sites you’ve viewed.
www.settingcaptivesfree.com – Scripture-based and very thorough- every bloke should look at this site if they feel tempted by porn.
Mark Driscoll has made his book “Porn again Christian” available for free as an e-book.