Introduction:

I am sorry that it’s taken so long to get back into this mini-series.  I like to call our 7 day series on Sex a mini-series because it’s all part of our main series on the 6 Toxins That Affect Our Walk With God.  We have four more toxins to get into, and that means I have to get back on the ball here.  So, without any further delays let’s get back into our series on Sexual Immorality as it relates to our main series…shall we?

Today’s Message:

Main Message Text: Matthew 5:27 – 30

Study Scripture: “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5

I realize that if you look in your Bibles that there’s a sub-heading in some study Bibles that list this Toxin as Adultery.  But, when we look at things through the scope of what Jesus was teaching in the Sermon on the Mount we see that Jesus is pointing out that the physical act of an inner attitude of lust.  We’ve been talking this entire time about the fact that Jesus isn’t dismissing the physical act, but He’s trying to prevent it by helping us to understand that what we see in the natural is fruit of what’s taking place in our heart and minds.

Today, we find ourselves in a familiar passage of scripture that tells us to take all of our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.  We all know where our imaginations originate from don’t we?  I don’t have to take time to go down that side journey do I?  I mean think back to your childhood.  Most of us at some point made up imaginary friends, and those imaginations weren’t manifest in the physical were they?  They were real to us as children, but to the world when they looked to see Billy or Sally…there wasn’t anyone there…was there?

So, what God’s dealing with in the Sermon on the Mount is simply the motives of our hearts, and what’s inside of us.  He knows that if we don’t deal with these thoughts and attitudes that they would eventually become strongholds, and wouldn’t just destroy our relationships with people…but with God Himself.  The problem with being caught in sexual sin goes much, deeper than that of any other sin because when we’re involved in sexual sin we feel dirty don’t we?

Come on, let’s be real here.  Let’s not pretend we’re super spiritual, and you have no idea what I’m talking about.  There is truly a struggle to get over sexual sin, and that’s because when you join your flesh with someone else’s you become one flesh.  That’s why every time you get into a relationship, and you have sex outside of the bonds of marriage it hurts when that relationship ends…because not only are you severing that relationship, but your ripping apart your flesh.  Let’s get a little deeper for a moment…shall we.  You don’t have to tell me, you don’t have to write it down, and you don’t have to really say anything.  However, I bet that there are certain people that you can go back in your mind, and imagine what it was like to be intimate with them.  In fact, sometimes the imaginations are so clear and vivid it’s like going all the way back to your childhood and remembering how real your imaginary friend was to you.  The more sexual immorality that we partake of…the more of those thoughts we have, and if we’re honest about it…they can exalt themselves against the knowledge of God…can’t they?

If we’re not careful we can be so focused on these thoughts that they can lead us to things that we don’t want to do.  They can lead us to being addicted to pornography, they can lead us to having lustful thoughts and imaginations, and it can lead to destruction can’t they?  That’s why sexual sin is so powerful, and why it’s so difficult to overcome.  I believe that sexual sin is the greatest stronghold upon the church today.  You see it in the Catholic church where we have story after story of priest’s who can’t control their sexual urges, and let them get so out of control that they molest the alter boys.  We see it as the adultery and divorce within the church equals that of the rest of the world.  Why is it?  I believe that more than anything else…sexual sin is the biggest plague in the body of Christ.

No matter who you are.  In some form or fashion we’ve all been touched by sexual sin.  Whether it was sex outside of the bonds of marriage, sex with someone other than our spouse, addictions to pornography, sex with prostitutes, and the list can grow for a while.  The reason sexual sin is so strong is because it creates thoughts and imaginations inside of you that don’t stop…do they?  Maybe I’m unique.  Maybe I’m the only one who has or have had these issues, but I’ve got no qualms about being honest.  It’s hard for me to be this honest because I know there’s going to be a lot of readers who don’t understand, but it’s important that you all have the opportunity to really look at why sexual sin is so toxic to our relationship with God.

That’s because it doesn’t just affect our relationship with God, but it also affects our relationships with other people.  If there’s toxins in our relationship with God then it’s going to affect our relationships with others.  That’s just the way it works, and I know that what I’m writing sounds like there’s no hope in overcoming sexual immorality.  However, there is hope.  There is deliverance, and it’s found in the same place we found our salvation.  There’s victory in Jesus.  There’s victory and the ability to overcome any and every sin because of the blood of Jesus.

In this all I’m trying to do is what Jesus was trying to teach through His Sermon on the Mount.  Teach that man must bring the passions of his heart under the control of the Spirit of God.  When we walk with the Spirit of God it’ll be easier to not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.  Going through the rest of this passage about plucking out eyes, and cutting off hands may be graphic, but what it’s meant to do is illustrate the seriousness of the toxic ability of sexual sin.  Jesus’s point in pluck out eyes or cutting off one’s hand, but that we need to recognize where the source of sexual sin comes from which is in the heart and mind of man…not from our physical organs…although we make jokes about it.

When it comes to toxins in our walk with God we need to get our attention off the physical and onto the spiritual.