BIBLICAL TEACHING ON LASCIVIOUSNESS (by benaiah juma).
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Lasciviousness is something that tends to arouse sexual desire. It is a state of indicating sexual interest or expressive of lust or lewdness. Lasciviousness is a gross form of wickedness that has sexual overtones in many cases. It starts in a sinful heart and manifests itself in fleshly actions. The word of God can connote several attitudes or actions. With reference to sexual matters it embraces the concepts of excess, unbridled lust, suggests a disregard of public decency. Lasciviousness connotes the idea of a person who is so far gone in lust and desire that he or she ceases to care what people say or think.
Thayer connected the term with such things as wanton acts or manners, filthy words, indecent bodily movements, and unchaste handling of males and females. It is a comprehensive term for evil and perversion. For example it describes the moral environment of ancient Sodom and Gomorrah and one hardly needs to be reminded of the shameless practices traits of those communities.The term aslegia, however can go beyond sexual sins and connote any form of excess e.t.c. One who knows no boundaries, in whatever form of evil he indulges.
The use of sexually explicit media materials is a form of lasciviousness. This would include pornographic visuals, such as live productions, books or magazines, movies or videos, audio tape, etc. This is a growing problem in the world even among some who profess Christianity. Counselors affirm that porn material is highly addictive, and numerous marriages have been ruined by people who have indulged in sexual explicit filth. Lasciviousness occurs frequently in work places where men and women are constantly thrown together in close contact. Flirting, suggestive touching, language containing sexual innuendo, sex humor, provocative dress are forms of lascivious conduct that very often lead to fornication and adultery.
Lascivious communications are common on some websites. One of the most prominent used by youngsters is known as my space. It is prolifically punctuated with vilest forms of language and salacious photographs. Amazingly, these frequently are employed by those who identify themselves as Christians, though they obviously have no understanding of the significance of that term. Sometimes they use the site innocently, but they are in mind field of danger and evil influence. Christian parents should supervise carefully what their youngsters are viewing, as they spend hours of their leisure time on the net.
It is incomprehensive that many parents allow their sons and daughters to engage in various forms of lascivious conduct be it dress, visual entertainment, language etc. such actions are sweeping their youngsters down a road to destruction. Those who take the scriptures seriously will personally abstain from such practices, and train their children to be morally pure and live in a respectable life. Lascivious person will not be able to enter the kingdom of heaven . To ignore the biblical warnings if the epitome of folly.
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