5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
lasciviousness, 20Idolatry, witchcraft,
hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you,
as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall
not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Now that we have dealt with uncleanness we
can now deal briefly with the other mystery term:
"Lasciviousness" or "lewdness."
word for “Lasciviousness” is “Asalgeia.”
According to Thayer's Dictionary, the term "Asalgeia"
means, "Unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness,
wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence, wanton (acts or)
manners, as filthy words, indecent bodily movements, unchaste handling of
males and females, etc."
tells us that
"Aselgeia" denotes, "Excess,
licentiousness, absence of restraint, indecency, wantonness."
Bible Dictionary defines
"lasciviousness" as "wanton, licentious.... It means
unrestrained greed, or an "animal-like" indulgence in any
Illustrated Bible Dictionary defines "Lasciviousness" as the "KJV word for
licentiousness. In turn, it defines "Licentiousness" as
"undisciplined and unrestrained behavior, especially a flagrant
disregard of sexual restraints. The Greek word translated as licentiousness
means "outrageous conduct," showing that licentious behavior goes
beyond sin to include a disregard for what is right."
therefore doesn’t just refer to immorality, but immorality gone wild;
immorality gone arrogant; immorality gone public. It is a spirit of sin
that comes out of the closet and becomes public and proud-- and unrestrained.
It refers to
what you will find on TV where two women participate in lewd acts on prime
time TV. It refers to activities that ought to never take place in public
but are now regularly taking place on prime time TV. It refers to carnivals
where it is expected for women to undress publicly, as is expected in New
Orleans. It refers to huge crowds gathering in Pride Parades where
immorality is celebrated and where political leaders lead the events. It
refers to public dancing that is clearly meant to excite and seduce. It refers
to magazine shelves in stores filled with magazines containing pictures
that are distorted and degenerate. It refers to adult video stores, or
sections of video stores filled with videos that pollute human minds. It
refers to millions of web sites offering every kind of distorted
activities. It refers to movies presenting homosexuality as natural and
loving, and rewarding them with golden globes, 8 academy award nominations
and a best director Oscar. It refers to governments giving their blessings
to unnatural acts; to churches giving their blessings to unnatural unions.
where I lived for some time, this kind of arrogant, immoral behavior was
openly shown by couples who acted lewdly in public parks in front of
families with small children; or people going around naked on public
is what over time follows immoral, private behavior. Lasciviousness is the
result of a sodomite attitude; that is an attitude of degeneracy coupled
with arrogance and insolence and limitless distorted acts that are paraded
before all. It is a distorted attitude that has no bounds. In fact what we
see today is the peak of the iceberg yet to be uncovered.
future, that attitude will become all pervasive and true Christians will be
seen as the weirdoes to be shunned, criticized, persecuted and ridiculed.
How do we
feel toward lasciviousness? As I asked in the previous section, are we
becoming desensitized to the degeneracy that pervades our society? Do we
find it all humorous? Are we starting to feel more and more tolerant
towards it, or are we tortured by it like Lot was? Are we attracted to it
and are we starting to look back like Lot’s wife?
Lot’s attitude toward Lasciviousness, we read in 2 Peter that he
by the filthy conduct of the wicked” (II Peter 2:7 NKJV). Lot, in other
words, was tortured mentally by what he saw in Sodom. Are we tortured by
the lewdness that we see in our society?
Lot’s wife, on the other hand, appears to have left Sodom with
regret; hating to leave the “exciting” life which she was leaving behind.
Her attitude was rewarded with a horrible punishment.
Lord rained on Sodom and
Gomor′rah brimstone and fire from the
Lord out of heaven; 25 and
he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and
all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. 26 But
Lot’s wife behind him looked back, and she became a pillar of salt
(Genesis 19: 23-2).
is very bleak for this world, in part because of Lasciviousness. The Day of
the Lord--terrible and horrifying-- will come upon this lascivious world
with a vengeance. In those days, will we be caught looking away and running
away like Lot or will we be caught hesitating and longing to be a part of
the lascivious celebrations -- like Lot’s wife?
If we follow
Lot’s wife’s example, we too will vanish away and will become only one more
unnamed character, like Lot’s wife, not even deserving of a name.
us about this in Ephesians.
Now this I affirm and testify
in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the
futility of their minds; 18 they are darkened in their
understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that
is in them, due to their hardness of heart; 19 they have become
callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice
every kind of uncleanness.
disregard for what is holy behavior then leads to all kinds of sexual
uncleanness “with greediness,” that is craving that is never satisfied.
God’s way is
the way of self-control, and holy behavior, meant to benefit us and others.
We trust God that all he commands and all he forbids are motivated by His
love for us and thus we stay away from behaviors that, for certain, would
cause havoc n our lives.
We are also grateful to Him for
warning us and for giving us the strength we need to resist the temptations
that would lead us into self-destructive behaviors. Lastly, we thank God
for giving us the undeserved forgiveness, if and when we fall and for His
promise that with His power in us we can finally overcome our weaknesses,
our carnality, and Satan who continually tries to lure us into evil and
This ends the section the Works of the
Flesh which relate to sexual immorality.
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