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Christianity is a way of goodness, chastity, moral purity

Carnal. 1. Relating to bodily appetites; sensual: the carnal sin of gluttony. 2. Not spiritual; worldly.

Appetite. 1. A desire for food or drink. 2. Any physical craving or natural desire.

Fleshly. 1. Pertaining to the body; corporeal. 2. Sensuous; carnal. 3. Worldly.

Worldly. 1. Pertaining to the world; mundane; earthly; not spiritual.

Lascivious. Having or manifesting wanton desires; lustful.

Lewd. 1.Characterized by or inciting to lust or debauchery. 2. Obscene; ribald; bawdy.

Wicked. Evil in principle and practice; vicious; sinful; depraved.

Depraved. Morally debased; corrupt.

Debauchery. 1. Gross indulgence of one’s sensual appetites. 2. Seduction from virtue, duty, or fidelity.

Chaste. Not guilty of unlawful sexual intercourse; virtuous.

Good. Morally excellent; virtuous; righteous.

Goodness. The state or quality of being good.

Virtue. 1. The quality of moral righteousness or excellence; rectitude. 2. The practice of moral duties and the abstinence from immorality and vice: a life devoted to virtue. 3. Sexual purity; chastity.

Virtuous. 1. Characterized by, exhibiting, or having the nature of virtue. 2. Morally pure and good.

Virtue and goodness compared. We regard virtue as acquired through self-discipline, and predicate it of human beings only. Goodness is an innate quality and may be ascribed to God as well as to man.

                                                                                                Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary

Bodily appetites, cravings or natural desires:

● desire for food or drink

● Sexual desire, lust

● desire for any kind of pleasurable experience (as from drinking alcohol or taking drugs)

● desire for money

● desire to be important

● desire to be accepted by others

● desire to be popular

The Bible teaches that bodily appetites must be controlled and kept within proper bounds and that obedience to God and doing the right thing is more important than popularity.

The Bible teaches that certain natural inclinations, tendencies or behaviors of mankind are wrong. We find some of them listed in the following passage:

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.               Gal 5:19-21

The Bible places great emphasis on the importance of moral purity, chastity. Some of the above, such as adultery, fornication, uncleanness, and lasciviousness are violations of this moral standard. Others such as hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries are simply human tendencies, frequent human behaviors, that the Bible says are wrong.

The Bible gives certain attributes that characterize God and that ought to characterize the true Christian (i.e. the person who has the Holy Spirit — the spirit of God— dwelling within him). We find some of them in the following passage:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.           Gal 5:22-24

The Bible teaches that the Christian (the true Christian who has the spirit of God, the spirit of Christ, living within him) should through self-control, self-discipline, and self-denial bring his body under subjection, eliminate wrong kinds of conduct and practice right kinds of conduct. He is supposed to suppress and eliminate wrong kinds of desires and behaviors and encourage and practice right behaviors. His objective is to imitate Christ and to become like God in his outlooks, attitudes, values and behavior. In essence, he eliminates wrong habits and builds up good habits (for all of these types of behavior are really habits). This is achieved through love of God, love of God’s word, knowledge of God’s word, time spent reading God’s word.. He becomes transformed, becomes born again, becomes a new creature, through repentance of sin, rejection of sin, and obedience to God and seriousness about following in his way.

What characterizes modern western “Christian” civilization more than its obsession with lust and sex, its lasciviousness, its lewdness? At the same time, there is nothing that Christianity emphasizes quite as much as the importance of moral purity, chastity and no sins that it condemns quite as strongly as the sexual sins. Isn’t this strong contrast between the modern West and Christianity striking?

There is no virtue that Satan hates more than moral purity, chastity. Attacks against it represent his main thrust in his war with Christianity. Modern western man in following Satan and his values, outlooks and behavior has, in actual fact, abandoned Christianity, turned against it. It has in conduct, and in rhetoric, become a great enemy of Christianity and has nearly extinguished it. (The Christianity that remains is mostly false and apostate.) The wealthy, soft, self-indulgent, lascivious, pleasure-oriented, money-oriented, greedy, alcohol-ridden, drug-ridden West has in fact become a great wicked, depraved Babylon, the very antithesis of Christianity. And now, in addition to all of its multitude of great sins, it has raised up that great sin of sins, homosexuality, and is trying to force the acceptance of it on the world.

Rom 8:13-14 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 Cor 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Oct 2016

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