The Dangers Of Lust Daily Devotion

Scripture: I Tim. 6:6-12

That”s the definition. Now the next issue is SO WHAT? Why is this a big deal? Isn”t sexual sin, especially when it”s just a desire and not an act, sin with a little “s”? Shouldn”t we get on with the big issues like nuclear arms and social justice? You”ve known people like that, I suppose. They say, Sexual attitudes and sexual behavior are a matter of relatively insignificant personal piety. What counts is whether you boycott companies in South Africa and oppose Star Wars defense systems. Sleeping around is simply no big deal if you are on the picket line at Honeywell; and flipping through Playboy is utterly insignificant if you are on your way to peace talks in Geneva.

That is the way the religious human mind reasons when a supreme regard for God has been forsaken. But that is not what God has said. What is God”s estimate of how important your sexual life is? Is it a big deal?

Verse 6 says, “that no man transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we solemnly forewarned you.”

This means that the consequences of casino en ligne francais avec bonus sans depot lust are going to be worse than the consequences of nuclear war. All that nuclear war can do is kill the body. And Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear. Fear him who after he has killed has power to cast into hell” (Luke 12.4-5" rel="nofollow">Luke 12:4-5). In other words God”s vengeance is much more fearful than earthly annihilation. And according to 1 Thessalonians 4.6" rel="nofollow">1 Thessalonians 4:6 God”s vengeance is coming upon those who disregard the warning against lust.

This past September I spoke to the student body of Wheaton Christian High School. I took as my topic, “Ten Lessons for Fighting Lust.” Lesson number 6 was, “Ponder the eternal danger of lust.”

My text on that point was Matthew 5.28-29" rel="nofollow">Matthew 5:28-29 where Jesus says, “Every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.” I pointed out that Jesus said heaven and hell are at stake in what you do with your eyes and with the thoughts of your imagination.

After the message one of the students came up to me and asked, “Are you saying, then, that a person can lose his salvation?”

John Piper

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