There are times when I read the Scriptures and feel the writer is sitting right next to me knowing my circumstances, the church and world conditions around me. It is particularly at times like this that I am reminded why God placed these writing into Scripture because they are timeless and apply to anyone in any culture. Here is an example of Paul writing to a church to remind them of what he taught them earlier.
“For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:2–5).
Notice that these “instructions” were given verbally under the authority of the “Lord Jesus.” Today, some think they can change the “instructions” so the Church can be more ‘acceptable’ to the current cultural trends. It is the will of God that we are continually being sanctified, set apart, and made holy in doing the will of God for His glory. The world around the Thessalonian church was just as it is today; moral standards thrown away and replaced by lustful passion.
Let us remember that God’s plan has always been that we be a people who clearly reflect His glory in the way we live in every aspect of life. We must not diminish, mar or taint that reflection by adopting any moral standard other than what we have received from God in His Word.
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