“17 Things We Must Run Away From”
“Or ado you not know that the unrighteous will not binherit the kingdom of God? cDo not be deceived; dneither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor 1effeminate, nor homosexuals,
10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will ainherit the kingdom of God.” First Corinthians 6:9-10 NAS
Unrighteous: “Sinful, wicket, unjust, evil, unholy, etc.” These are Christians that basically are not embracing the message of holiness. They are either ignorant to the importance of sanctification or they place everything “under the blood”. These are Christians that feel that you can live your Christian life without taking responsibility for anything. It is the “I am not perfect” group that uses that reality as a justification to follow their flesh desires more than the Holy Spirit. It is a way of thinking that promotes that we are who we are and we can’t get any better. There is absolutely no difference between these kind of Christians and non-Christians.
Fornicators: Comes from the Greek Word “Pórnos”. Fornication is basically satisfying our sexual desires in any way outside of the marriage. Someone bound by pornography is also considered a fornicator.
Idolaters: “A worshiper of idols. An idol is anything we place before God. In its must simple definition and idolater is someone who embraces a life style that has no regrets in placing other things before God.” An idol can be anything; a job, a spouse, sons and daughters, a place, TV shows, movies, video games, books, famous people, political affiliation, music, ministry, etc. that will take the place of God. The first commandment is to love God above all things; this is the commandment that men violated the most. An idolater has no problem and no conviction in violating this commandment. All non-believers are idolaters, as they do not place their trust in God. However, we, in the Body of Christ, can also see idolatry stealing our fire for God. In the Body of Christ we basically have four categories of Christians:
a. The Christian that has not being disciple yet.
b. The Christian that has been wrongly disciple.
c. The carnal Christian.
d. The mature Christian.
The first three categories are most likely to embrace a lifestyle of commonly and unashamedly place things before God. Idolatry, I am afraid, is not taken as serious as others sins, however, is in the same list that will cost us missing God’s Kingdom. When we look at idolatry taking place in the Bible we see people actually worshipping and praying to images and false gods. Somehow we feel that because we are not praying to money, music, video games, etc. is not idolatry, but in fact it is, because it is stealing our hearts, our minds, our time and our money away from God. It becomes then a very sneaky form of idolatry.
TO BE CONTINUED…
a Rom 6:16
b Acts 20:32; 1 Cor 15:50; Gal 5:21; Eph 5:5
c Luke 21:8; 1 Cor 15:33; Gal 6:7; James 1:16; 1 John 3:7
d Rom 13:13; 1 Cor 5:11; Gal 5:19–21; Eph 5:5; 1 Tim 1:10; Rev 21:8; 22:15
1 I.e. effeminate by perversion
a Acts 20:32; 1 Cor 15:50; Gal 5:21; Eph 5:5