“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?
see other Pull Up Your Pants posts:
- A Series on Battling Sexual Immorality (1)
- What is sexual immorality? (2)
- Only the Rescued (3)
- Dirty Lies We Love to Believe (4)
- Be Killing Sin or Sin Will Be Killing You (5)
- Stop Sniffing Your Vomit (6)
- Assured Christians Resist Lust (7)
- Replace Lust With Love (8)