Running in wrong direction
complacency is a sign of consent
Ever since the creation of man, licentious behaviors have very often claimed victory in altering the course and the pursuance of man’s destiny. Man has given licentious behavior formality and legally attired it for every dispensation that planet earth has witnessed. Licentious behaviors have arrested the kingdoms of men and have held their souls for ransom of which soul, release was never intended.
The word licentious means unrestrained by law or morality; going beyond proper bounds or limits. In the Greek language the word is aselgeia, meaning unbridled lust, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageous, shamelessness and insolence.
In other words, it is licentious behavior or unbridled lust that is the cause of leadership betrayal even to some in the pulpit.
The word “pulpit” as is used here is not relegated to one type of leadership but leadership in general meaning; father of household, congregational leaders, employers and members of government.
It means people who are given a platform to speak into some one else life.
Therefore we must always intercede on behalf of their souls.
Paul said in 1Timothy 2:1-2
that, “I exhort therefore, that,
first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty”.
There is a great falling away from what the signers of the Declaration meant when they imply the term morality. Now "morality" is doing what is convenient and selfish even to having made distinctive appearances in the pulpit. In fact, "porn" and the pulpit has been what you may call a “secret sin” in some cases, because no one knows of the individual’s unbridled lust, except the magazines on which they feast their eyes, the internet and the TV registrar at the motel which they frequent.
And it’s amazing how the enemy will send a lying spirit to tell you that no one knows about their passion for porn; that is, no one except Mr. Yahoo and all his friends, Mr. Google and all his friends and the motel which has their room number and their name, and all their friends.
So stop fooling yourself about the term, “it is confidential”, even the bible says that, what you do in secret will be rewarded openly. When you are told that certain information is classified it means that only a certain class of people are privy to the information. That include the users, the “storers” and the carriers and just in case it is still not divulged there is always the matter of price for information. So what is the secret?
The secret is that you don’t know that I know what you are doing in closed places.
And then there are others who blatantly display their lascivious lifestyle as a norm. These are trying to make these lifestyles to be legally accepted behavior. These immature beast are attempting to redesign the global system and the world as it was is complacent to these on-toward behaviors.
Well complacency is a sign of consent and you are sitting there looking at the world world be envelope in a package of eternal ruin.
It is said in 1John 2:16 that all that is in the world, is
a. the lust of flesh
b. the lust of the eyes
c. the pride of life
But in the preceding verse John tells us to love not the world, neither the things of the world for if you do then the love of the Father is not in him. You cant have two masters for one will be subjected to hate.
So when you allow unbridled lust to come in and become enthroned in your life then you have made a choice that you hate the Father of lights.
Therefore whenever you notice the symptom of lust of any kind then you know that its timefor prayer.
Prayer is effective and I believe that is one of the reasons that God has called his people to corporate prayer for he says, “I can see that my people are being sidetracked by all that is in the world, so come now let us reason together”.
Note also, that unbridled lust is like a chameleon, for as a chameleon will change to fit the condition so is unbridled lust, deceptive, for it will always tell you about that which you desire to hear and to see to make you it’s captive.
But they that do the will of the Creator is beyond captivation; those who are obedient.
Obedience has a price that too often many are unprepared to pay.
Three characteristics that will keep you from licentious behavior are;
a. Love- 1John 2:15, 4:7, 10, 18, 21, 5:1
Ahab: A Type of Minister of the Pulpit
That reminds me of a biblical passage of two kings, Ahab and Jehoshaphat king of Judah, who had gone to visit Ahab king of Israel. Ahab wanted to go to war with Syria to reclaim Ramoth in Gilead so he called for his prophets, about 400 to prophesy the outcome and they prophesied victory.
Now there was a prophet of God who Ahab had under house arrest because Ahab claimed that this prophet had never prophesied anything good to him. But Jehoshaphat, having more perception than Ahab constrained him to bring the prophet forth so he might hear from him.
The prophet’s name was Micaiah, he was a man of God and true to Ahab’s word he spoke not of victory but of defeat of which Ahab was not amazed and returned the prophet that told the truth to jail with a ration of bread and water.
The war was fought and went exactly has Micaiah had prophesied.
Ahab lust for power caused him to listen to what he desired to hear and not what was truthful and ended up loosing his life.
We see Ahab, as a type of minister in the pulpit had either love, faithfulness nor loyalty for Jehoshaphat for he was willing to expend the life of Jehoshaphat for his life.
Demetrius the Silver smith and pornographer
Apostle Paul had concern about licentious behavior in the Roman and Corinthian churches. In fact, to ease the contention of the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem, James put forth suggestion which was accepted by the other elders of the Christian church.
The suggestion was this; that they sent letters to the Gentile churches commanding them to cease fornication, idolatry and blood offerings. This was mainly because these Gentile churches were still having a problem with pornography.
They had come from a lifestyle where licentious behavior was a norm; prostitution was rampant because in the past they had worshiped the goddess Diana which religion was not without its share of temple prostitutes.
In Acts 19:24 the word says that “a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen.”
This Demetrius sold sexually explicit materials.
He sold silver shrines which was nothing but a naked woman with many breast.
If that had been today, Demetrius would really have a booming market for he would have more sexually explicit items to put on the market.
He would have magazines, photographs, video and other sexually explicit materials intended to cause sexual arousal in lieu of the goddess of fertility.
Diana was the goddess of fertility and Demetrius was into making porn which the people worshiped and Paul proclaiming another God and His Son Jesus was destroying Demetrius’ lifestyle, his whole operation was in jeopardy.
In Acts 19:27 he says, “So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.”
Porn or Paul
In Ephesus it had become porn or Paul and the people choose porn. So to prevent the apostle having to suffer murdered at the hands of the mob which Demetrius had stirred up, under the advice of the brethren, he waited for the dispersal of the crowd and left the city when all the uproar had ceased.
The town clerk had appeased the people and insisting that Demetrius should take proper legal means if he chooses to determine an outcome.
But after 2 thousand years we are still facing the same problem of porn and it has taken a place in our congregations which some have become just as accessible as it was in the days of Diana.
Reasons why the "Pulpit" is Accessed
There are a number of reasons why licentious behaviors access the pulpit but foremost among them is its availability.
That practice which is not convenient for you will always be in increasing abundance.
In other words, that which you should not participate in will never remain hidden but they that remain righteous will always overcome.
We live in a market system that creates a demand for the surplus.
That means our satisfaction is never meant to be complete.
Our society encourages lustful behavior.
If you own one car you are told that 2 cars would be better even though you only drive the one car that you have around the block on Sunday mornings.
That goes for anything that has a price tag. If you have one wife, get 2 or get a younger one with a breast implant.
King Solomon says it is all vanity and this vanity comes from unbridled lust, the same place of pornography.
Balak and Balaam
Here we see that Balak had hired Balaam a pagan fortune-teller to curse the Israel.
The nation of Israel had asked permission to cross Moabite land to get to Canaan.
Tried as he may God would not give Balaam permission to curse Israel because Israel had been blessed by God and you cannot curse what God have blessed.
But image creates desire and the rest is history for Balaam found that he could speak only what God told him to, yet he sinned by inciting the Moabite women to seduce the Israelite men (Num. 25:1–9).
The name of the place of seduction was Baal Peor where the Israelites participated in fertility rites with Moabite women, bringing God’s judgment down upon the nation.
Unbridled lust cost Israel 24 thousand lives.
Listen to the words of the Messiah in Matthew 5:27-30,
29And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.