A Look At The 7 Deadly Sins #3
The wages of sin is death – shouldn’t you quit before payday. – There is Grace offered to those who would except it.
By Pastor George Lehman
This whole series is on the weakening end time church.
A church of lukewarm; compromise; weakening in morals; approving ungodly living as okay.
Revelation 22:10-11 (NIV) – 10Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near. 11Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”
We continue to look at the “Seven Deadly Sins” as laid down by Pope Gregory the Great about 1500AD ago.
They are...Pride, Envy, Anger, Gluttony, Lust, Greed, Sloth.
Sins or sin is not only about breaking God’s rules, but rather about destructive habits that destroy our lives.
Colossians 3:1-10 (Ampl) – 1. If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. 3. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. 4. When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory. 5. So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God). 6. It is on account of these [very sins] that the [holy] anger of God is ever coming upon the sons of disobedience (those who are obstinately opposed to the divine will), 7. Among whom you also once walked, when you were living in and addicted to [such practices]. 8. But now put away and rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, bad feeling toward others, curses and slander, and foulmouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips! 9. Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices, 10. And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it.
Sexual Vice: A habit of indulgence in immoral or degrading practices.
We continue to look at the 7 deadly sins.
#5 Lust (Vurig begeer)
“Consumed by their own lust” by Chris T. Zwingelberg:
Radio personality Paul Harvey tells the story of how an Eskimo kills a wolf. The account is grisly, yet it offers fresh insight into the consuming, self-destructive nature of sin.
First, the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze. Then he adds another layer of blood, and another, until the blade is completely concealed by frozen blood.
Next, the hunter fixes his knife in the ground with the blade up. When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent and discovers the bait, he licks it, tasting the fresh frozen blood. He begins to lick faster, more and more vigorously, lapping the blade until the keen edge is bare.
Feverishly now, harder and harder the wolf licks the blade in the arctic night. So great becomes his craving for blood that the wolf does not notice the razor-sharp sting of the naked blade on his own tongue, nor does he recognize the instant at which his insatiable thirst is being satisfied by his OWN warm blood.
His carnivorous appetite just craves more – until the dawn finds him dead in the snow!
It is a fearful thing that people can be “consumed by their own lusts”.
Only God’s grace keeps us from the wolf’s fate.
We tend to think that Lust needs no definition.
We tend to think we know only too well what it is.
1 Peter 2:11-12a (Ampl) - Beloved, I implore you as Aliens and Strangers and exiles (in this world) to abstain from the sensual urges (the evil desires, the passions of the flesh, your lower nature) that wage ware against the soul. Conduct yourselves properly (honorably, righteously)…
- Lust is not the same as sexual desire. Sexual desire is a good and healthy thing given by God.
- A whole book in the bible is dedicated to it. “Songs of Solomon”. It has some of the most sensual and erotic love poems in world literature.
- If the bible was against sex and if sex was so bad, it’s hard to see how a book like the Songs of Solomon passed the great censor.
- Sexual feelings are God’s gift to us. So, it’s not sex that’s the problem, it’s LUST.
- As we have seen so far in this series, just about with all the sins, the evil one is not very creative.
- He just takes something good and twists it, distorting it into something destructive and painful.
- Make no mistake, for all our jokes about sex – uncontrolled, unbridled lust is deadly. Hence it is recognised as one of the deadly sins.
1 John 2:16-17 (Ampl) - For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things] --these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself]. And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever.
- Lust in scripture, especially in the New Testament is human ‘desire’ for what God has forbidden. It’s an ‘obsessive’ sexual craving.
- What God meant for good and natural for married couples…… has been perverted to the place where it ends up with rape, incest, sexual abuse, paedophilia, prostitution, pornography and homosexuality.
Romans 1:26-28 (Ampl) – 26. For this reason God gave them over and abandoned them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one, 27. And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze (burning out, consumed) with lust for one another--men committing shameful acts with men and suffering in their own bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong-doing and going astray, which was [their] fitting retribution. 28. And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome,
- If lust really takes hold of a person it will destroy everything – their mind, their closest relationship, their reputation.
- It can lead to broken marriages, shame, endless regret and most destructive of all, child abuse or rape.
If sex is fine but ‘lust’ is not, what’s the difference?
Lust happens when sexual attraction becomes the dominant and overpowering factor in a relationship between two people.
It happens when all a person can think about when they look at some else's body they want to take it, possess it and conquer it. (This can happen in married as well as unmarried relationships.)
Thomas Aquinas likens it to a lion who, seeing a buck, thinks of nothing else but the meal it’s about to enjoy. Fun for the lion but not good news for the buck.
As gluttony gets our desire for food out of proportion, so lust gets the desire for sex out of proportion.
It’s all about personal, physical satisfaction. The other person just becomes an object for personal satisfaction.
The bible exposes a classic example of lust: King David, one of the bible’s heroes, yet before his repentance he was flawed in this area of his life. 2 Samuel 11-12 & Psalm 51 – tell about his deep shame and remorse
- Lust has become norm in our culture. Invitations to lust are everywhere – T.V. programs, pornography, magazines, male and female bodies pose seductively on billboards and buses – it’s everywhere!
- I reckon if someone from another planet visited us, they could be forgiven for thinking our greatest goal was for sexual desire and satisfaction.
- Lust is the craving for salt of a man who is dying of thirst.
Lust takes - Love gives. That’s why the bible talks about sex in the context of marriage and to those who are single it promotes celibacy (abstinence)[seksuele onthouding].
- The first place where lust is healed is in relationship to God. – David cried out to God: Psalm 51:12 (NIV) – Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
- When we serve and love God we see people as God sees them – so we can love and respect one another.
- That’s what the awesome work of the cross did – to set us free!
- We can walk this new life’s journey with our desires put back in balance again.
- The fruit of the Spirit in us is self control, a life truly crucified with Christ.
Matthew 5:8 (Ampl) - Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.