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  1. Flee Fornication In contrast to society, Christians are commanded to flee fornication

  2. Is God Pleased With These Behaviors Society Approves? • Teenagers and adults engaging in casual premarital and extramarital sex • Unmarried couples living together • Spouses committing adultery • Unscriptural divorce and remarriage resulting in adulterous marriages • Pornography, prostitution, sex slavery • Homosexuality

  3. Beware Society Corrupting Our Stand Against Fornication • Rather than tolerating or justifying various forms of fornication, Christians are to flee fornication • Specific teaching is required on fornication instead of silence or general teaching • Specific conduct required of individual Christians as well as local churches to help all to flee fornication

  4. Beware Society Corrupting Our Stand Against Fornication • If we are to flee fornication, we must learn to flee those things that lead to fornication such as uncontrolled lust, covetousness and other corrupt thinking • This can only happen when we allow God’s Word to transform our thinking and character to reflect His image • We should want to flee fornication ourselves and teach our children, brethren and the world to flee fornication also

  5. Flee Fornication • What is fornication? • What is society’s view toward fornication? • What are some of the consequences of fornication? • What is God’s view of fornication? • How should we as Christians view and respond to fornication?

  6. What is Fornication? • porneia • 1) illicit sexual intercourse • 1a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc. • 1b) sexual intercourse with close relatives; Lev. 18 • 1c) sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; Mar 10:11,Mar 10:12

  7. What is Fornication? • 2) metaphorically the worship of idols • 2a) of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to idols • From Thayer’s Greek Definitions

  8. What is Fornication? • Porneia translated fornication in NKJV and ASV • Translated sexual immorality, immorality, immoralities, unchastity, fornication and fornications in NASB • General term inclusive of all sexual sins, all sexual relations outside of lawful Scriptural marriage

  9. Fornication Includes • Adultery • Incest • Bestiality (sexual relations with animals) • Homosexuality • Premarital sexual relations • Men and women living together having sexual relations without being Scripturally married • Unscriptural adulterous marriages

  10. What Is Society’s View Toward Fornication? • Natural • Normal • If most are doing it, it must be good as long as you don’t hurt anyone

  11. What Is Society’s View Toward Fornication? • Although fornication is widely approved in our society, God does not follow society’s lead • Corinth widely known for practice of fornication even to the extent of being a part of religious worship with prostitutes in the Temple of Venus • Before looking at God’s view on fornication, let’s look at some of the destructive consequences

  12. What Society Accepts God Rejects • Luk 16:14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. • Luk 16:15 And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

  13. Fornication Corrupts Our Hearts and Character • Mat 15:17 "Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? • Mat 15:18 "But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.

  14. Fornication Corrupts Our Hearts and Character • Mat 15:19 "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. • Mat 15:20 "These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man."

  15. Fornication Destroys Our Bodies • Rom 1:25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. • Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,

  16. Fornication Destroys Our Bodies • Rom 1:27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

  17. Fornication Destroys Our Bodies • Spread of both bacterial and viral STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) • Some of these like AIDS are incurable • Idea of “safe” sex is a lie which endangers our physical and spiritual health

  18. Fornication Destroys Families • Mat 19:9 "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery." • Luk 16:18 "Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.

  19. Fornication Destroys Families • Mat 18:5 "And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; • Mat 18:6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

  20. Fornication Destroys Families • Pro 6:30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry; • Pro 6:31 But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the substance of his house. • Pro 6:32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

  21. Fornication Destroys Families • Pro 6:33 Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out. • Pro 6:34 For jealousy enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance. • Pro 6:35 He will not accept any ransom, Nor will he be satisfied though you give many gifts.

  22. Fornication Destroys Families • 2Sa 13:14 However, he would not listen to her; since he was stronger than she, he violated her and lay with her. • 2Sa 13:15 Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred; for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, "Get up, go away!"

  23. Fornication Destroys Nations • Pro 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.

  24. Most Importantly Fornication Separates Us From God • God is not pleased with fornication • He declares it to be sin, against His Divine Law • Like all sins, if we commit fornication and do not repent of it and receive God’s forgiveness, we have no hope of eternal life

  25. Most Importantly Fornication Separates Us From God • 1Co 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, • 1Co 6:10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

  26. God Calls Us To Repent of All Sins Including Fornication • 1Co 6:11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. • Act 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  27. God Calls Us To Repent of All Sins Including Fornication • Act 8:22 "Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.

  28. Flee Fornication • What is fornication? • What is society’s view toward fornication? • What are some of the consequences of fornication? • What is God’s view of fornication? • How should we as Christians view and respond to fornication?

  29. What Is God’s View Of Fornication? • Although fornication is pleasing to society, God defines it as sinful, against His Law • Continuing in sin including fornication without repenting toward God will cause us to be lost

  30. Fornication, Along With All Sins Brings God’s Wrath • Eph 5:3 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; • Eph 5:4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

  31. Fornication, Along With All Sins Brings God’s Wrath • Eph 5:5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

  32. All Christians Are To Flee Fornication • 1Co 6:18 Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. • 1Co 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? • 1Co 6:20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

  33. Must First Become A Christian • Act 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  34. Be Transformed To A Living Sacrifice By God’s Word Renewing Our Minds • Rom 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. • Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

  35. Specifically What Is Involved In Fleeing Fornication? • Make our members dead to fornication and all things leading to fornication • Pursue righteous life which includes sexual purity

  36. Make Our Members Dead To Fornication and All Things Leading To Fornication • Mat 5:28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

  37. Make Our Members Dead To Fornication and All Things Leading To Fornication • 2Ti 2:20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. • 2Ti 2:21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

  38. Make Our Members Dead To Fornication and All Things Leading To Fornication • 2Ti 2:22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

  39. Make Our Members Dead To Fornication and All Things Leading To Fornication • Col 3:5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.

  40. Make Our Members Dead To Fornication and All Things Leading To Fornication • Gal 5:19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, • Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,

  41. Make Our Members Dead To Fornication and All Things Leading To Fornication • Gal 5:21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

  42. Make Our Members Dead To Fornication and All Things Leading To Fornication • Impurity NASB, uncleanness NKJV, ASV • Passion NASB, NKJV, ASV • Evil desire, NASB, NKJV, ASV • Greed, NASB, covetousness, NKJV, ASV • Sensuality, NASB, lewdness, NKJV, ASV • Idolatry, NASB, NKJV, ASV

  43. Make Our Members Dead To Fornication and All Things Leading To Fornication • Immodest dress • Pornography • Suggestive music and movies • Passionate kissing and embracing • Modern dancing • Sinful communications by Internet, cell phones or other ways • Parties promoting fornication

  44. Pursue God’s Way of Escape • Mat 26:41 "Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." • 1Co 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

  45. Pursue Righteous Life Which Includes Sexual Purity • Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, • Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. • Gal 5:24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

  46. Pursue Scriptural Marriage • 1Co 7:1 Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman. • 1Co 7:2 But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.

  47. Pursue Scriptural Marriage • Mat 19:4 And He answered and said, "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, • Mat 19:5 and said, 'FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH'?

  48. Pursue Righteous Life Which Includes Sexual Purity • Mat 19:6 "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."

  49. End All Unscriptural Marriages • Mat 19:9 "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery." • Luk 16:18 "Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.

  50. End All Living In Fornication • 1Co 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, • 1Co 6:10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.