Pull Up Your Pants: What is Sexual Immorality? (2)

“sexual immorality, passion, evil desire … on account of these the wrath of God is coming.” (Col. 3:5-6)

Before we begin to understand how to battle sexual immorality, we must ask what is sexual immorality.

Mark Driscoll points out that in the original Greek text Paul uses the word porneia, which is a “junk drawer term” for all things of a sexual nature. This means the biblical definition of “sexual immorality” is far broader than we think (because even thinking about sex is sinful); if it’s remotely sexual in nature, then it’s porneia and God’s wrath is coming (Matt. 5).

In addition, Paul condemns “passion” and “evil desire.” He wants us to understand that sexual immorality does not begin with sexual actions, but stems from our hearts’ deepest desires.

The English Puritan John Owen compared our sin to a tree. Our behaviors (like masturbation, watching pornography, and premarital sex) are the fruit of the tree. No one kills trees by knocking down its fruit; you must lay an axe to the root. Unfortunately too many of us spend all our time focusing on the fruit, and forgetting the root. So, let’s move to the root.

We do not lust primarily because we are horny, but because we want to satisfy a deep rooted desire. We want affirmation, so we find it in someone’s arms. We want to feel in control, so we turn on pornography. We want to feel important, so we lead people on and fool around. We want feel pleasure, so we masturbate.

Sexual immorality is the fruit of your sinful desires. So ask yourself this, and meditate upon it: What are the deep rooted evil desires and passions that produce the fruit of lust in my life?

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About Patrick K. Miller

Currently I am living in Columbia serving at the University of Missouri with Veritas, The Crossing's campus ministry. In December 2010 I graduated from Mizzou with a degree in English Literature. My beautiful wife, Emily, works is an Interior Designer with a local firm. I like espresso, 30 Rock, and books. My favorite old dead guys are John Owen, Augustine and Francis Schaeffer. You should read something by them.
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5 Responses to Pull Up Your Pants: What is Sexual Immorality? (2)

  1. Undoubtably someone may read this and get the impression that we Christians think sex and our desires for sex are bad. You don’t believe that, but one may misinterpret what you’re conveying. How would you respond to that accusation?

  2. Jake says:

    I say that our desires for sex ARE bad. That’s the point. If they were good, then we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Granted, the desire for sex with our SPOUSE (not the girlfriend we just know without a doubt–and without a ring–that we’re going to marry) is the design. The good design.

    I know what you’re saying though, Kyle.

  3. Patirck K. Miller says:

    Good question Kyle. God made sex, like many things, morally neutral. In the right context (a loving marriage), the Bible says it’s great. Desire is not evil, but wonderful when rightly directed.

    So, just to clarify, this post is about sexual immorality, which is the abuse of God’s created design for sex. Since this blog is primarily for college students (mostly unmarried), I decided not to take the time to nuance this. Hopefully those who have questions about that will look to outside resources, and see your helpful comment.

  4. As Jake said, there’s a certain sense in which our desires for sex are bad because we, as sinners, misdirect them all the time. They aren’t intrinsically bad though. “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.”

  5. Patrick,

    Kudos to you for approaching purity with this generation! In this post, as the saying goes, “you hit it right on the head!” When talking about fruit, I totally agree with you. My belief based off of scripture is the root of the lust of flesh is Our will. (Galations 5: 19 -21) Which is basically the same as you saying “satisfy a deep rooted desire.” Being our desire not the Lords.

    Unfortunately, I think it is a message that needs to go not only out to your generation, but mine as well. Purity, whether at the age of twenty something or forty something; seems to be a failure many are struggling with.

    Keep speaking the truth Patrick!
    ~b

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