I have the greatest respect for Pastor Bob Russell. When he speaks, or writes, I pay attention. Following is a great reminder from Pastor Russell about the type of lives we should live with respect to the area of purity. The posting appeared as: Strive for Purity at: www.BobRussell.org. Challenging, yes. Impossible, no. And, I believe we can live pure lives without being prudes or killjoys. What do you think? Is it unreasonable to hope to attain this standard? RMF
Strive for Purity
By Bob Russell
The city of Ephesus was noted for its sensuality. It was the center of the worship of Artemis—the goddess of fertility. The temple featured prostitution and an “anything goes” mentality. The economy of Ephesus was largely dependent on the manufacture and sale of miniature statues of this love goddess. Archeologists report that the first advertisement ever discovered in ancient history was a promotion of a brothel in Ephesus.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that a significant section of Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus focused on raising their moral standards from promiscuity to purity. The Apostle insisted that Christians were to live holy lives even though their culture was very unholy. God doesn’t grade on a curve. His moral standards are very high, even for those living in Ephesus.
The first is in verse 3: “Not even a hint of sexual immorality.” Don’t hint at immorality by provocative dress, cunning flirtation, suggestive touch, or “cute” comments. Don’t hint by questionable associations or careless appearances. Christians are to be so distinctive that there is no justification for gossip, no insinuation, not even a whisper of sexual immorality. Continue reading