Grace For Your Day August 31

Grace For Your Day

In 2016, Josh McDowell Ministry along with the Barna Group released a survey in which they found that half of all young people in North America regularly look at pornography. They also found that half of all adults do as well and admit to regularly viewing it on their computer, phone, or I-Pad. The most surprising discovery of all, however, is that more people disapproved of littering than they did of this activity. It has become a very acceptable part of our society today.

All of this is remarkable in light of what the Bible says about pornography. Ephesians 5:3-5 says:

But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 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. 

This is a strong statement for someone who lived in the First Century. It is a bold statement for someone writing to a church in Ephesus for that was a city known for its immorality. It was a city known for its lust. They had pornography everywhere but Paul says that it does not matter. Immorality "must not even be named among you." It should be so rare among Christians that we cannot even be accused of it for no immoral person has an inheritance in the kingdom of God. You cannot go to Heaven if you do not repent of this sin.

The world looks favorably at pornography. It approves of it, loves it, and cherishes it. Yet God does not do that. He wants sex to be between one man and one woman within the bonds of marriage. Anything else is evil in His sight. Anything else is forbidden which is why we are going to talk about it this week at Grace Fellowship Chilliwack.

It has been said that the greatest change that Christianity brought to the ancient world was a change in its views towards sex. It revolutionized this area more than any other. For the first time in history, people saw a man stay faithful to his wife and a woman stay faithful to her husband. It saw children grow up in an environment where sexual images were not thrust upon them at any early age. I would argue that the world needs to see that again today. It needs to see it in us as a church which is what we will discuss this Sunday morning at 9:30. Please bring your Bibles and a teachable heart as we will be looking at a very relevant topic.

- Jeremy Cagle