Moral purity… A big deal for Christians according to Apostle Paul!

Purity
I just read news of another professing Christian (a person of influence) who has decided to follow the whims of culture regarding morality and abandon their faith in Christ… I’m grieving!!! Who will we listen to anyway – the cultural relativists or the clear standards of God’s inspired word, the Bible?
 
For me, I’ll take the inspired words of Apostle Paul on the issue found in Scripture!
 
So here’s what I read in my Bible this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord”…
 
Finally, then… we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, that you do so more and more. 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 [those] who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother [fellow Christian] in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. FOR GOD HAS NOT CALLED US FOR IMPURITY, BUT IN HOLINESS. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.” (From 1 Thessalonians 4:1–8 ESV)
 
What is there about that passage that is not clearly understood?
 
Listen, I know that we are all fallen creatures – sinners in need of a Savior! That’s why the same apostle who wrote the passage above also wrote this to the believers in sinful Corinth…
 
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU. BUT YOU WERE WASHED, YOU WERE SANCTIFIED, YOU WERE JUSTIFIED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD.” (1 Corinthians 6:9–11 ESV)
 
Thank God for His redeeming grace and forgiveness! … But God’s “grace” can never be used as an excuse to go on sinning! (Romans 6:1-4)

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