Day 55: The Works of the Flesh

Galatians 5:19-21 :

Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

That list describes what is commonly found in movies today. The fact is, it is what is in our world and even though this world may attempt to glorify these actions, they are practiced only by those who have no future.

It was brought to my attention that the first four in this list are sensual, the next two are religious, and the rest are social. Paul also admits that he didn’t list all of them. I’d like to discuss what these words are a little bit because it is easy to read over them quickly and miss some important points.

Adultery is sex outside of Christian marriage. Remember that God only ordains marriage between one man and one woman and for life. All the rest is immoral. Now some will argue that Paul didn’t list the things we find in the Old Testament. I would like to remind you that the Old Testament was all Paul had written down of God’s word and when he refers to immorality, he’s talking about the Old Testament. This is in the 10 Commandments as well.

I see two very strong forms of idolatry in our present time. One is the worship of the environment and the other is the worship of the material world through evolutionary beliefs. In a way, both of these idols can be used together. We also have millions of people who still worship many gods in our world. Environmentalists will protect plants and animals more than they protect the knowledge of God. God said the plants and the animals after the flood were for food. To disregard this is to trouble the poor at the expense of an idol. Evolution teaches that man was created by the universe itself. This replaces the creator. Theistic evolutionists have a different problem that even an atheist can see but we won’t talk about that at this time.

The word sorcery in Greek is the word we use for pharmacy. It was common to use drugs for religious purposes. Today drugs themselves have become a religion and a cruel master.

It is clear that this poor world is going the wrong direction. We should be aware that we can’t be a Christian and continue to happily and willfully practice these things. Paul says it doesn’t work that way. If you are really a Christian, you will be saved from these things either by trusting God to help you avoid them, or by God sending His discipline in your direction. He will not let His children loose their inheritance as He has clearly indicated in other parts of the Bible. If you really believe in your Savior, you will not find comfort in sin.