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New Testament Christianity And Morality

May 29, 2011

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A primary endeavor of the churches of Christ is to restore New Testament Christianity. One area of New Testament Christianity that still needs to be restored is morality. Immorality is a major problem in the world. It is somewhat of a problem among Christians. What does the Bible have to say about immorality?
The most common kind of immorality mentioned in the Bible is sexual immorality. And yet, this is one of the kinds of immorality most committed today. The word translated, immorality, in the Old Testament, in the New King James Version, is found nineteen times. The corresponding word in the New Testament is found twenty-seven times. In every case it refers to sexual immorality. Thayers Dictionary of Greek words says this word means, "used properly, of illicit sexual intercourse1." The King Jame Version translates "sexual immorality" as fornication. Webster defines fornication as, "Voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmaried persons or two persons not married to each other." So, the Bible clearly forbids sexual intercourse between persons not married to each other! Sadly, and often, tragically, this type of sexual immorality has become commonplace in American society today. But, Paul writes in Ephesians 5:3, "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints" (Emphasis mine, LJB).
Types of sexual immorality, fornication, include premarital sex, extramarital sex (adultery) and homosexuality. God's plan for sexual relations is sex between a man and his wife. Adam said, after the creation of his wife, Genesis 2:23-24, "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."
There are other types of immorality, as well. Webster defines morality, "Conformity to the rules of right conduct, moral or virtuous conduct." So, immorality would include any conduct that does not conform to the rules of right conduct. The highest, and most accurate authority of right conduct is the Bible. Please read Galatians 5:19-23, New King James Version. Paul writes that immorality includes adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like. He goes on to warn, "that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." He gives the proper alternitive to "the works of the flesh," or immorality: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." This is moral behavior, because Paul adds, "Against such there is no law." The world needs a lot more of this, and a lot less immorality!!
Immorality is destructive. It weakens the family, it weakens society, and it weakens the nation. The wiseman writes, Proverbs 14:34, "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people." The lack of respect for God's Word, the Bible, and the resulting prevalence of immorality, will destroy our country eventually, if it is not stopped soon.
If you are involved in immorality, why not end it now, and fill your life with the "fruit of the spirit?" Why not restore New Testament Christianity in your life?
We, at the Strasburg Church of Christ, would love for you to visit our services. We would also like an opportunity to assist you in your study of God's Word, the Bible. We offer a free Bible Correspondence that you may study in your home. Write us at PO Box 321 Strasburg, VA 22657, or e-mail us.
1Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. ©2000, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.

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