Concerning things that are totally evil - such as sexual immorality - there can be no moderation, only total abstention. It has been said that there has probably never been a period when vice was more extravagant or uncontrolled than it was under the Caesars. But during the brief time He was with them, as 1 Thessalonians 4. Second, sex has a God-given character: The cities of the empire were pockets of wild corruption. Finally, Paul provides two fundamental, practical principles to guide our sexual behavior.
He begins by laying down the general, positive statement that God wills for us to live sexually sanctified-holy-lives. Selfish lust and dishonorable sexual practices which use a partner will eventually destroy any relationship. In this age of godless relativism and worldliness, people need plain, practical, ethical teaching. Things condemned in God's word-e. As Phillips renders it, abstinence entails "a clean cut with sexual immorality. If Paul thought this subject important enough to include in his earliest instruction to the Thessalonians, it must indeed be an important subject. They, and we, must learn that God sees the intimacies of the bedroom. Christian husbands and wives, therefore, must honor God and each other, here as elsewhere. Within marriage, true love-making that honors, cherishes and respects the other is the rule to which there is no exception. But during the brief time He was with them, as 1 Thessalonians 4. It has been said that there has probably never been a period when vice was more extravagant or uncontrolled than it was under the Caesars. Into this twisted context came the Gospel-calling upon men to rein in and control their sexual energies. Paul only spent three weeks in the city of Thessalonica before persecution forced him to leave under cover of darkness Acts Even within the sphere of marriage God expects restraint rather than an "anything goes" mentality to inhere. First, sex has a God-given context: During this time the church was comprised entirely of babes in Christ. Anyone, therefore, who contends that God sanctions unholy living is at direct odds with Paul. There is, I think, an unmistakable similarity between 1 Thessalonians 4. Second, sex has a God-given character: Next comes a specific, negative injunction that we abstain from every kind of immorality. It means more than simple avoidance. The cities of the empire were pockets of wild corruption. From the upper classes to the lowest slaves debauchery ruled. Finally, Paul provides two fundamental, practical principles to guide our sexual behavior. Right from the beginning let's teach our children and new converts that God calls us to purity, not promiscuity.
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