I Thess. 5:22-23
The definition of morality.
1. Moral quality or character.
2. The character of being in accord with the principles or standards of right conduct.
3. The ability to know and do what is right.
I. WHY IS THERE SO MUCH IMMORALITY TODAY?
A. Man is naturally inclined to be immoral. Eph. 2:2-3.
B. Manís sin nature leads to self-destruction. Rom. 1:18-32.
- We see a number of things in this text.
- We see:
1. Godís warning. V. 18.
2. Godís revelation. V. 19.
3. Manís rejection of the God of creation. Vv. 20-21.
4. The horrible steps in denying God. Vv. 22-27.
5. The deplorable condition of taking pleasure in things that grieve God and bring judgment. Vv 28-32.
Notice the steps of Manís self-destruction.
1. He knew God but glorified Him not as God. V. 21.
2. He was unthankful.
3. He became vain in his imagination.
4. His heart was darkened.
5. He professed to be wise, when he was really a fool. V. 22.
6. He turned to idolatry. V. 23.
7. He became perverted. Vv. 24-27.
8. He was given over by God to a reprobate mind. V. 28.
9. He was filled with all unrighteousness. Vv. 29-31.
10. He was worthy of death. V. 32.
C. Our Nation has turned her back on God and as a result, crime, confusion and complex national and international problems have become a way of life.
ďThe wicked shall be turned into hell, and all nations that forget GodĒ(Ps. ).
1. A Nation that kills thousands of babies annually and allows convicted murderers to go free to murder again cannot survive, but will be judged for rejecting God and His standards.
2. We can be sure God is not pleased when our homes are flooded with filth, and the ďTEN COMMANDMENTSĒ are outlawed by the Supreme Court.
D. Unbelief and sin against the God of the universe produce immorality.
- If our Nation is to be spared, we must repent and turn back to God. II Chron. 7:14.
THE LORD WILL ENABLE THE CHRISTIAN TO LIVE A MORAL LIFE†
A. Christians are sinners who have been CHANGED by the Spirit of God. II Cor. 5:17.
1. They have been converted, transformed, and regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-6.
2. Born again Christians have passed from death unto life. Jn. 5:24.
3. The Holy Spirit has raised us from spiritual death.
- We were dead in trespasses and sins, but we have been quickened by the Spirit of God. Eph. 2:1.
B. Christians have been SANCTIFIED and CALLED to be Saints. I Cor. 1:2.
1. The Saint is set apart, sanctified from the world by the power of God.
- This is our position in Godís eyes from the very moment of conversion.
2. Sanctification is the process whereby the believer in Christ is being set apart daily unto the Lord.
- Saints are to please their Lord by growing in grace. II Pet. 3:18.
C. Saints are to live holy lives. Eph. 1:4; II Cor. 6:14-18.
1. They are to know Godís standards and keep them. II Pet. 3:17.
2. They are to love God and not the world. I Jn. 2:15-17.
III. ONLY SAVED PEOPLE ARE CAPABLE OF KNOWING TRUE
HOLINESS AND SEPARATION †
A. Saints will desire to be more like their Lord.
1. They have been cleansed. I Cor. 6:9-11.
2. They can stand before God without blame. Eph. 1:4.
3. They have the
unfailing power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
†I Cor. 3:16.
B. We are to pursue HOLINESS, for only as we are holy, can we stand before the Lord. Heb. 12:14.
∑ There can be no compromise on Biblical morality!