Monday, December 12, 2011

Lust or Purity?

 Lust or Purity

1 Thes 1:1-8

Purity is God’s will for you (1-3)
-          Sanctification (holiness) not fornication (sexual sin)
-          Society today and in biblical times is dirty (incest, homosexuality, bestiality, adultery)
o   If lust ended our economy would take a nosedive
o   Russian man who built a special coffin to take his porn with him.
o   A growing number of divorces from porn addiction
o   Most children have been exposed to pornography by age 10
§  Phil Burress: Found a pornographic magazine when he was young. "For 25 years, he says, his waking hours were dominated by the need to view pornography. It destroyed his ability to be a loving husband, cost him financially and kept him emotionally estranged from people who should have been close." Twice-divorced. Now free!
-          Sex is not unholy. The marriage bed is honorable
-          Please God by being pure

Satisfaction is God’s will for you (4-5)
-          God doesn’t want you to be ruled by passionate lusts
-          God created sex
o   Unconditional love in marriage is the goal of our natural desire for physical union
o   Married people are more satisfied with sex (statistically)
o   Selfless union is to overflow into new life (babies)
o   Lust replaces the natural desire for love
o   Lust is selfish rather than selfless
o   Lust is "love" without selflessness
o   Lust can never produce the unconditional love marriage is about
§  Wilt Chamberlain (basketball star) said he slept with 20,000 women but said he’d trade them all for one woman that he wanted to stay with forever.
-          An itch that the more you scratch it the worse it gets
o   Perpetuates the division created at the fall
o   Addiction happens quickly and easily
-          Satisfaction in purity is God’s plan for your life
God will punish lust (6-8)
-          Do not cross the lines!
o    Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
o    Looking intentionally lustfully, let alone touching, crosses the line.
o    Intentionally attracting looks of lust crosses the line.
-          Tape loses its stickiness and hurts when removed – sex is like that tape
-          This message is from the Lord and carries his authority
-          God has called you to be clean
o   Guard your children – filter your internet
o   No private internet access
o   Careful about movies
o   Avoid chat rooms
o   Books