1 Timothy 3-4, Psalm 20
In 1989, serial killer Ted Bundy gave his final interview with James Dobson before being executed. Being raised in a Christian home, his life went wrong when he stumbled upon pornography outside of his home. Fueled with this, he sought out satisfaction in harder pornography, eventually pornography which was violent. When this no longer satisfied him he moved on to acting it out in reality. He was convicted of 36 cases of rape and murder, but was probably guilty of over 100. He specifically wanted to speak to Dr Dobson, because he knew the mainstream media would never get this message out. He also stated that practically every violent sex offender he met while in his years of prison before his execution started with pornography. We are all sinners, and fall into sin frequently. But there is a difference between falling and living in sin. Danger erupts whenever we lessen the seriousness of sin and flirt with it. No one in kindergarten if asked what they want to be would say, like Ted Bundy. But people go off course because they minimize sin's devastating impact on their lives. People don't want to admit it, but, many sins are now considered more the norm than Biblical truth. Besides pornography, there is fornication, living together, homosexuality, lying, wealth at all costs which are honored and celebrated in our world.
Paul says in 1 Timothy 4:1-2, "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,". Flirt with any sin long enough and it is easy to stop feeling it's sting and shame, thus searing one's conscience. Paul gives a similar warning in Ephesians 4:17-19, "This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness." Realize these remarks were not given to the general public in a sermon but in a letter to the saints in Ephesus, and Timothy, a pastor. Paul's antidote for this is a continuous walk with God and a clear and good conscience. He warns Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:5, "Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,". He also says in 1 Timothy 4:13,16, " Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine...Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you." The doctrine mentioned here is not doctrine from church tradition with no Biblical correlation but pure Biblical truth and doctrine.
Pastor Lloyd said in a message some time ago, better than WWJD (what would Jesus do) bracelets, we should wear SJIH (since Jesus is here) bracelets. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:19 that for those of us who are in Christ, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. We do not have the ability to put Him in and take Him out whenever we want. This means that we take Him with us everywhere, we can't hide. There are no vacations, private rooms, closets that we can go. When we accept Him into our lives, that means every area of our lives. David expresses this so beautifully, in one of my favorite Psalms, Psalm 139. So we must ask ourselves, are there areas that we have refused to give over to the Holy Spirit, and if so, why not since He sees it anyway. Continued living in any sin sears the conscience and removes the shame attached to it which should lead to repentance. Our walk is dynamic, not static, as Paul said to Timothy, may we take heed to ourselves continually.
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