“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5)

This is our second message in our mini-series on Sexual Immorality as we continue to work towards defining and understanding our main subject: 6 Toxins That Affect Our Walk With God.
Today, we’re looking at Colossians 3:5, and this is one of those verse that if you just leave it to the King James Version we may not get everything we’re meant to understand from it. Which is why I always like the opportunity to refer to the Amplified version. It’s hard to understand terms like “mortify your members”, and what all these things are that are upon the earth isn’t it? So, let’s see how the Amplified version can help us here.
“So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the defying of self and other created things instead of God).”
“Sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires.” Do you know where it is that these things are grown in? If you’ve been following along in this series then you know the answer is that these desires are found in the depths of our hearts. All these vain imaginations that come to our minds…they’re rooted into our hearts, and as we all know what we see on the outside is a reflection of what’s within us. Specifically what’s in our hearts.
As mentioned a few times during this series. While Jesus isn’t dismissing the physical acts of what we do. He never excuses murder, and the acts of sexual immorality. He never says that those who practice or do those things are okay…because no matter what kind of sin we’re practicing whether it’s murder or gossip…to God…sin is sin. While we may feel there are sins that are unforgivable like murder, rape, child molestation, and the like…God looks at those kinds of sins no differently than He looks at people who gossip, people who steal, or those who lust in their hearts after someone. The greatest sin in the Kingdom of heaven is the least sin to us on the earth…and that’s the rejection of His Son, Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior.
What Jesus is really dealing with during the infamous three chapters of Matthew 5 – 7 as the Sermon on the Mount is the conditions of our hearts. Why? Because in all reality that’s where these toxins penetrate. What we do on the outside is fruit of what’s inside.
So, when we are caught up being addicted to pornography. The physical act may be masturbation or watching video after video. However, the toxic parts of that are the lusts of other women (or men). In our world people who are addicted to pornography are seen as creepy or often labeled, but what they really need is a Savior. What they really have are toxins in their heart, and the only way to get them out is to have Jesus come in.
Sexual Immorality isn’t just limited to the physical acts of watching pornography, cheating on a spouse, or having sex outside of the institution of marriage. Each time we engage in those things what happens is that we become numb to the effects that sexual immorality has on our relationships with people.
I know from my experience that when I was addicted to pornography I looked at women differently, and that’s because of the toxin of lust. Lust in your heart is a toxic, toxic thing, and it causes you to look at people differently. This is why it’s such a problem within the context of marriage, and this is also why it is so toxic to our relationship with God.
You can’t turn on the television these days without watching show that have soft pornography in them. It used to be that you barely saw any kind of love-making scenes on television, and if there was you didn’t see them until late at night. However, today you can turn on a show anytime throughout the day and see shows with sex scenes in them. They’ve even penetrated cartoons, and sit-coms. Sexual Immorality has been the biggest attack upon the family that our world has ever seen. It’s destructive to marriages, and it’s extremely toxic to our relationship with God.
It is possible to be delivered of these things, and all the effects to be removed. It’s possible through the shed blood of Jesus. If your struggling with sexual immorality don’t get into condemnation, but know that you can boldly and confidently come to the throne of grace for help in your time of need.