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In All Purity

Harvey Weinstein & Roy Moore. Roy Moore is the Senate candidate in Alabama who has been accused by five women (to date) of sexual improprieties from forty years ago. Harvey Weinstein is the Hollywood producer who has been accused of many more, and much worse, behavior toward women.  I am glad that our society has become more sensitive and less tolerant of improper behavior and words toward women.

But Hollywood is absolutely hypocritical. They produce TV shows and movies that are saturated with sexual talk, sexual behavior, sexual innuendos, and immodest clothing. Then they think that people, like Harvey, are not going to act on those impulses? That’s like the Catholic Church that forbids priests to marry and then act surprised when they engage in pedophilia and homosexual acts. Man’s natural urges have to be controlled and modified by the Word of God.

Which brings me to Christian behavior. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity” (1 Tim. 5:1-2).

Men, treat your Christian sisters (non-Christians certainly deserve the same dignity), in all purity, like you would your physical sister. Not when you were ten years old but when you were twenty years old. You defended her honor and her purity. Christian men should keep all their behavior toward women in complete purity and holiness.

We do not “greet one another with a holy kiss” in our society any more (Rom. 16:16).  But our greetings should still be holy. Kissing non-family members of the opposite sex is probably a step over the line. Hugs should be kept pure and innocent. In fact, an arm around the shoulder is much better and less offensive. Christians should control their bodies in all sanctification and honor (1 Thess. 4:4). Let the words you speak be as if Christ was listening to your conversation, even reading your thoughts!

-    Paul

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Good morning!

Once again, I’m happy that all of you are here this morning! As you read this, I am likely in Henderson, Tennessee for the annual FHU Lectureship. I look forward to seeing you in person again this time next week! It’s always an encouraging thought to know that, though I’m 716 miles away, we’re both worshipping the same God on the same day. Though we’re apart, we’re all part of the same family.

It’s hard to believe we are already a month into this New Year. It seems like every February, I have that overwhelming feeling that time really goes by too quickly. I want to express what we discussed last Sunday at our youth devotional. Often in our New Year, we discuss new beginnings and how, if the last year was not our best, we can “turn over a new leaf” this New Year. Well, now we’re 1/12 into the year 2014, and my guess is we’ve all fallen to a sin or temptation at some point. We’ve all proved that we aren’t perfect. Luckily, God does not measure time in years, months, weeks, etc. like we do. We always have the opportunity to change for the better.

David, after being confronted by Nathan for his sin with Bathsheba, wrote the 51st Psalm. In verses 10-12, he prays this: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

We, like David, can and should pray this prayer. Unfortunately, we are imperfect. We have a Heavenly Father who understands that, and sent his perfect Son to die for us, so that we have a chance to come back to him, have our hearts made clean, and have our spirits renewed, not at the start of each new year, but whenever it is needed. Isn’t it a blessing to be a child of God?!