Morality And Immorality Introduction: The words moral or morality, immoral and immorality by themselves do not appear in the

Engllish version of the King James Bible. By definition we understand morality to be: that which renders an action right or wrong: the practice or doctrine of the duties of life, principles, and conduct that promte honor, purity, and virtue. In contrast, immorality would be: that which is inconsistent with what is right. Wickedness and liscentiousnes, which is given to indulgences of the animal passions, would be synonymous with immorality. For something to be determined right or wrong there needs to be etablished principles of life that promote virtuous and honorable qualities. There needs to be a standard by which all principles are measured by. Society today has what is called “situational ethics”. Basically, “situational ethics” says that wehat is right or wrong for you may not be right or wrong for me. Hence, the problem exists in many cultures and societies today in determining what is honorable, pure and virtuous. Laws are made and interpreted and reinterpreted in order to set standards that meet the requirements of the evolution of each generation. We maintain that the standard for morality and immorality is none other than God the Creator Himself. We also maintain that God Almighty, the creator Himself, has

God’s standard of right and wrong never change. the Holy Bible. Left to himself. and in purity. Since God never changes. and I hate every false way. or transgression against the principal of character of God Himself. or rebellion. the word of God. Thus. to violate what God deems to be right is considered rebellion. Psalms 119:128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right. Psalm 14:1-3 v1 The fool has said in his heart. there is none that doeth good. in character. .revealed His principles for living a life that is moral and pure. the essence of man’s problem is sin. God’s remedy for man’s dilemma of sin is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. or sin. and in that same Word of God he reveals His principles and standards for all humanity of all societies for all times. reveals God Himself in nature. Those principles that reveal His nature and character are clearly stated in God’s Holy Word. Thus. man is incapable of living right before God. They are corrupt. Thus. I change not. the Holy Bible. sin by definition is to transgress the moral principles that are set as the standard by none other than Almighty God Himself. His character and standard for what is morally right or immorally wrong never change. There is no God. disobedience. they have done abominable works. Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD.

not changing the standard of the principles of morality set up from the beginning until all time and eternity. so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west. he now has his nature changed and is made one with God. James 4:17 . The intent of our position on morality and immorality is not just to establish the standard but to provide empowerment and understanding of how to live a life in accordance with God Himself. v3 They are all gone aside. no. Romans 3:24-25 v24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: v25 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood. All his transgressions are erased and he has a clean slate. to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past. a new fresh start of a new life with God as his Father. Having repented of his past life and turning to God as father by Jesus Christ is only the beginning. they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good. Once mankind repents and turns to Almighty God through Jesus Christ.v2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men. through the forbearance of God. and seek God. to see if there were any that did understand. Now the new creation man must continue to grow and walk with God. not one.

and doeth it not. Thus. to him it is sin. the bible. the Old Testament. The New Testament unequivocally enforces the moral laws of the Old Testament. It is of utmost importance that we note that the moral laws of the Old Testament are unchanging in the New Testament. There are corresponding actions. a standard of statutes that we can go to in order to direct our lives and determine what is moral and immoral behaviour. It is important to distinguish between righteousness by faith without the works of the law and living a holy life consecrated unto God. If we are under grace and the law was nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14) then how can there be a writen code to determine what is moral or immoral? The answer is rightly dividing the word of truth. It is dead. Faith without works is dead. In other words. Real bible faith is more than a mere profession. by itself is destitute of power. the Law of Moses. What is valid in the Old Testament as to right and wrong is substantiated in the New Testament and is relevant for our lives today. ended with the New Testament. Many have said that because we are no longer under the Law of Moses and now under grace that there is no more . It is inoperative. the crucifixion and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Problems arise in the hearts and minds of well meaning Christians in trying to understand law and grace. a law written. there is a written code.therefore to him that knoweth to do good. Faith without deeds and actions of obedience to back it up. What is no more valid in the Old Testament is substantiated in the New Testament.

to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Prepare ye the way of the Lord. . Repentance is a change of thinking that so effects the heart of man that it causes him to go in an opposite direction. to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children. make his paths straight.e.sin. The voice of one crying in the wilderness.. The fact is this. reconsider. The word repent-Strong’s #3340. and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just. Luke 1:16-17 v16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. We also refute the position that it is irrelevant as to how a Christian lives.metanoeo-met-an. v17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and the power of Elias. Hear the word that the angel spoke to Zacharias about the character and the work of his son to be John the Baptist. what is moral and immoral. in it’s entirety is spiritual law and it is the bible which defines right and wrong. Concerning morality and immorality both Old and New Testaments establish spiritual law and are in total agrement and are unchanging pertaining to right and wrong as instituted by Almighty God from the beginning of creation. v2 And saying. i. v3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias. the bible. I) The Need For Repentance Matthew 3:1-3 v1 In those days came John the Baptist. saying. preaching in the wilderness of Judea. Repent ye: for the kingdom of God is at hand. We disagree with this position.ah from 3326 and 3539to think differently or afterwards.oy.

v10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness. True repentance will produce fruits . the one that John told you about. One would argue that repentance is not mentioned in the scriptures in Romans. thou shalt be saved. prepare your heart to come and follow Me. John’s message was to repent. and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. This is the initial born-again experience. He (Jesus) was not Lord. and believe the gospel. the change of thinking and turning of the heart to the Lord.So repentance is a change of thinking that prepares the heart which produces an action. not just a mental assenting to something heard. So where is the repentance? Where is the turning and going in an opposite direction? It is the confessing with the mouth the Lordship of Jesus. The confessing of Jesus as Lord is the repentance. Jesus’ message was repent. preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye. and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised him from the dead. This is the exact same message that Jesus preached. change your thinking which will prepare your heart to believe on the one that will come after me. Mark 1:14-15 v14 Now after that John was put into prison. The time is fulfilled. Jesus came into Galilee. Notice that believing is in the heart. v15 And saying. Before receiving Christ. Romans 10:9-10 v9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus.

and make them members of an harlot? God forbid. spirit-filled Christians about the sanctity of the body. and in your spirit.of righteousness or actions that will verify that our hearts have been changed. v15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ . and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. when he says to flee . and will also raise up us by his own power. but for the Lord: and the Lord for the body. saith he. v16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two. and ye are not your own? v20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. Now the body is not for fornication. which are God’s. He is condemning impurity. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body. v19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you. shall be one flesh. in particular sexual immorality. Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: Matthew 3:8 (Amplified Bible) Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance ( let your lives prove your change of heart): II) Do Chriatians Need to Repent? 1Corinthians 6:13-20 v13 Meats for the belly. which ye have of God. v18 Flee fornication. Paul is here addressing born-again. v14 And God hath both raised up the Lord. v17 But he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.

though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry. Christians are exhorted to live a life of purity and undefilement in godly fear. I do not repent. v10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the . v9 Now I rejoice not that ye were made sorry. v7 And not by his (Titus) coming only. your fervent mind towards me. so that I rejoiced the more. perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2Corinthians 7:1. that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. he is telling the Christians to run away from it. when he told us your earnwst desire. What he is saying is. go in an opposite direction from it. empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring glory and honor to God through the deeds and actions of your body. but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you. dearly beloved. but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner. v8 For though I made you sorry with a letter. let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. He then reminds them who they are and who they belong to. though it were but for a season. In other words. Once saved. your mourning.fornication. “Remember when you made Jesus the Lord of your life? Did you forget that the Holy Spirit is now residing in that body of yours? Now you have a responsibility to glorify God by allowing that new spirit-man. 7-10 v1 Having therefore these promises. when he says to flee sin.

but to admonish him as a brother. . I am not changing my thinking about making that decision to deal with it the way I instructed. 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. 2 Corinthians 12:21-13:1-3 v21 And lest. His instructions were not to treat him as an unbeliever. Paul was very strict in his instructions concerning this situation.sorrow of the world worketh death. and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciciousness which they have committed. and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already. His instructions were for noone to keep company with him until he repented and changed his thinking which produced an action back to God. This portion of scripture is referring to Paul’s first letter which resulted in repentance in the hearts of those that were doing evil. my God will humble me among you. His instructions were to excommunicate the brother. I do not repent. It refers to sexual immorality of I Corinthians 5 where a man was having sexual relations with his father’s wife. when I come again. turn him over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh that his spirit might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why? Because it led to godly sorrow which worked repentance an d restored that brother to fellowship. For this Paul said in verse 8 of 2 Corinthians 7 that even though I made you sorry by instructing you in this way. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Secondly. again. and foretell you.v2 I told you before. but is mighty in you. Jesus did address such sins in a negative way. III) The Works of the Flesh Many have taught that since Jesus was love personified. and that the church should not address such sins. fornication. as if I were present. and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned. that he did not address sins such as homosexuality or adultery. that defileth the man. and to say that we the church should not address them because Jesus did not is not only false. addressing the believers at Corinth concerning unrepentance toward uncleanness. Mark 7:20-23 v20 And he said. . that which cometh out of the man. but contrary to everything we have already established about Jesus’ command to sinners and the church to repent. and lasciviousness which they had committed. but welcome everyone and allow them to continue to live any lifestlye that they choose without repentance. Paul is here. If we love people we will tell them the truth. and to all other. if I come again. that. the second time. He continues to warn them of the diciplinary measures that he will take when he comes as in 1 Corinthians 5 should they not repent. I will not spare: v3 Since ye seek proof of Christ speaking in me. or lasciviousness. which to you-ward is not weak. First of all there is no such thing as love without the truth.

variance. Paul points out the same evil works that Jesus did and expanded the list. lasciviousness. they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. wrath. proceed evil thoughts. blasphemy. revellings. Galatians 5:19-21 v19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest. wickedness.” he means he has addressed this issue before with them. v21 Envyings. strife. an evil eye. and defile the man. and such like: of which I tell you before. seditions. pride. Jesus called them the outworkings of the heart in all of the gospels where they are mentioned. The apostle Paul also addressed the works of the flesh. witchcraft. drunkenness. out of the heart of men. fornication. Jesus said these actions come from the heart and they defile the man and they are evil. deceit. murders.v21 For from within. hatred. It must be pointed out again that he is talking to born-again. lasciviousness. as I have also told you in time past. v22 Thefts. The word “do” in verse 21 is the word poieo in the Greek and it means to practice or perform repeatedly or habitually. v20 Idolatry. uncleanness. adulteries. We will address this more in detail later. covetousness. fornications. murders. emulations. spirit-filled Christians. adultery. We will also address the consequence of the practice of sin without repentance later though Paul says . heresies. foolishness: v23 All these evil things come from within. which are these. When he says ” I have told you in time past.

sexual intercourse between unmarried partners. and if continually practiced without repentance will inhibit a person from inheriting or possessing the kingdom of God.here that they will not inherit the kingdom of God. Repentance and a renewing of the mind are essential to . and witchcraft. It means unlawful sexual practice. Strong’s 4202 from 4203 porneuo. fornication.Idolatry. and adultery which our society and some factions of the church have deemed normal and God ordained. It includes homosexuality. The word fornication is the Greek word “porneia”. Nothing good ever comes out of the flesh. and families is of the flesh. bestiality. these practices. We take this time to emphasize sexual immorality because of the rampant attempts to amoralize homosexuality. They are: 1) Sexual Impurity. Paul lists four main categories of the works of the flesh that are evil. sexual relations between married partners with others that are not their spouse. 3) Divisions. Agian. The remedy is Jesus at the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit working in the heart of man. fornication. The Greek is pharmakia. are condemned by both the Old and New Testaments by God as abominable. Anything the flesh produces is corrupt. lesbianism. and sexual actions beyond the normal intent of the Creator. 2) The Occult. lasciviousness.everything that divides the body of Christ. drugs or sorcery. prostitution. incest.Adultery. homes. uncleanness. among the others mentioned. 4) Self-indulgences. defile a man. lesbianism.

Christians and non-Christians . IV) Grace. He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. His love is unconditional. lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness. This is a work in which the Holy Spirit will come along side to help in time of need. James 1:21 Wherefore. regardless of their sinful condition. sexual immorality. Having a righteousness consciousness instead of a sinconsciousness will lead a Christian to victory in living a holy and pure life. We are not talking of sinless perfection. At this time we would like to address our position in dealing with people. Jesus Christ died for the ungodly. however. which is able to save your souls. That is why we preach the gospel to the unsaved. must still repent. and receive with meekness the engrafted word. Man. a Christian commits a sin he can go to God and confess that sin and God is faithful to forgive him and cleanse him from all unrighteousness. One such teaching says that because I am no longer .A License to Sin? There are some erroneous teachings in the body of Christ today that are gaining attention that need to be addressed. He must change his thinking that produces an action that causes him to leave his sinful practice and turn to God. The common statement that God loves the sinner but hates the sin is true.overcoming such practices. If. in particular. and that is why we restore a sinning brother. who are involved in sinful practices. during his walk with the Lord. Our position is always restoration.

that ye should obey it in the lusts of thereeof. god sees us as righteous because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross of Calvary and our faith in Him. Romans 6:1-2. that grace may abound? v2 God forbid. He sees us through the blood of Jesus. We as Christians who have died to sin and the love of sin should no longer want to live in it. v15 What then? shall we sin. v11 Likewise recken also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin. Let the word of God speak and answer the points stated above. but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. but under grace? God forbid. How shall we. v13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God. and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. but under grace. v12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body. that are dead to sin. 11-17 v1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin . It is true. v14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under law. When those that were previously under thre Law of Moses heard Paul’s gospel of .under the Law of Moses. because we are not under the law. but now undwer grace that there is no more sin or another way to put it is that God doesn’t see our sin when we commit the act of sin. live any longer therein? Sin is hateful and destructive. as those that are alive from the dead.

God does not take away the believer’s will or ability to choose to whom he will yield himself unto. Even though we have been made righteous and are no longer slaves to sin. that ye were servants of sin. then why the strong warning to Christians under grace to take sin seriously and not yield our members as slaves to it any longer? Hebrews 10:26-29 (Amplified Bible) v26 For if we go on deliberately and willingly sinning after once acquiring the knowledge of the truth. If God doesn’t see our sin. are spiritual law and establish morality and immorality for all people of all generations. but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered to you. there is no longer any sacrifice left to atone for our sins ( no further offering to which to look forward) v27 ( There is nothing left for us then ) but a kind of awful and fearful prospect and expectation of divine judgement and fury of burning wrath and indignation . v16 Know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey. They thought that he was saying it was alright to go on sinning because there was no Old Testament law to condemn them. the word of God.grace they misinterpreted what he was saying. or of obedience unto righteousness? v17 Bur God be thanked. A person is a slave to whom he yields himself unto. There is serious consequences of yielding to sin. whether of sin unto death. but slaves to righteousness. We have already established that both testaments.

. It is not our point to focus on sin instead of righteousness. v28 Any person who has violated and ( thus) rejectred and set at naught the Law of Moses is put to death without pity or mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. to name a few have strong warnings to Christians that fall back into the practice of sin and the danger of that leading to apostasy or falling away from the faith. and there are other places. Actually it is a question that cannot be answered but only explained in light of God’s word. 2Peter 2:20-22. Hebrews 6:4-6. 1 John 3:6-9 v6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him. It is merely our point to show that the epistles here. as well as all other epistles of the New Testament are not written to unbelievers but believers. 1Timothy 4:15. Galatians 5:19-21. V) How Can a Christian Live in Habitual Sin? This is a question that should have been already answered. thus profaning it and insulting and outraging yjr ( Holy) Spirit ( Who imparts) grace (the unmerited favor and blessing of God)? It must be pointed out that Hebrews.which will consume those who put themselves in opposition to God. and who has considered blood by which he was consecrated common and unhallowed. Ephesians 5:3-7. v29 How much worse ( sterner and heavier) punishment do you suppose he will be judged to deserve who has spurned and ( thus) trampled the Son of God. neither knoweth him.

for his seed remaineth in him. for the devil sinneth from the beginning. It is only required of him that he believe. These verses address two eroneous doctrines: antimomianism and perfectionism. the phrase “does not commit sin” is in the present tense denoting continuous action. there would be a contradiction in this passage of Scripture. In verse 9. because he is born of God. that he might destroy the works of the devil. This is in contrast to the aorist tense used when speaking of one point in the past when a sin ws committed. If it is not possible for those bornagain to sin. Can a person born of god commit sin? If it were possible for a christian to sin. These verses do not denote the mere action of sin but the idea of habitually sinning.v7 Little children. v9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin. Perfectionism says that the sin nature has been so radically removed that a person is no longer capable of sinni ng. Let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested. Antinomianism states that because we are no longer under the Law of Moses but under grace that there are no conditions established that hold a man accountable to any moral law. both of these teachings are incorrect. even as he is righteous. there were also those who taught that intellectual knowledge was enough to . v8 He that committeth sin is of the devil. then there must be very few Christians. and he cannot sin. then he can live as he pleases.

He may sin. A true believer cannot habitually practice sin. but to habitually practice sin is not compatible with the born-again nature. repent of it. and be cleansed of it. even though they lived impure lives. “How can a Christian live habitually or practice sin” is a question that cannot be answered. It was the pattern of their walk and practice to live righteous. Hence. this is the doctrine of perfectionism. or maliciously. deliberately.make men accedptable to God.” The expression “he cannot sin” in verse 9 simply means that the believer cannot sin habitually. So to answer the question. The correct translation of 1 John 3:8 is “the one who practices sin. were considered righteous. . John says in vers seven that only those who “doeth righteousness” meaning “the one habitually doing”.