Run For Your Life!
Robert Wurtz II
But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. (Genesis 39:11, 12 NKJV)
There are some temptations, which the most effective means of avoidance is not a protracted argument, prayer, rebuking the devil, or anything else: it is to run for it! Joseph understood this. It’s as if the man was fleeing from a thousand pit vipers. Time was of the essence. He was mere seconds away from total destruction. Solomon tried desperately to instill in his sons the wisdom Joseph was moving in. He wrote, For by means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life (Proverbs 6:26 NKJV). The KJV uses the phrase, “a whorish woman…will hunt for the precious life.” Hunters go to great lengths to conceal themselves in order to ambush their prey and take them unawares. Joseph understood that he too was being hunted; so his instinct was to run.
A Mighty Hunter of Souls
No matter what form it takes, fornication (sexual immorality) is a mighty hunter of souls. The time would fail to discuss how men like Sampson, David, or cities like Sodom and Ephesus had been reduced to a crust of bread by sexual immorality. Sampson carried off the gates of Gaza, but was effectively “slain” by a whorish woman. Sampson was not the type of guy to run from anybody; hence, his downfall. There are some situations where the only solution is to make a break for it; scram; beat it; get out of Dodge; head for the hills; clear out; bolt; or any other imperative verb phrase you can think of. The way you win the battle against fornication is to flee in fear for your life!
Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body (1 Corinthians 6:18 NKJV).
Although the world makes light of sexual sins, the Bible places the strongest possible warnings against them. Sexual immorality is a sin against one’s own body that effects a person in a way different than any other sin. All of the terrors of Dante’s Inferno do not rival the warnings in the New Testament. Paul writes:
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10 NKJV)
This is not an isolated passage. In Galatians 5:19-21 Paul gives a similar list and then adds this statement, I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. The great Greek scholar of the late 19th century, A.T. Robertson, gives this comment, “Do not be led astray by plausible talk to cover up sin as mere animal behaviourism. Paul has two lists in 1 Cor. 6:9, 10, one with repetition of oute, neither (fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, or malakoi, abusers of themselves with men or arsenokoitai or sodomites as in 1 Tim. 1:10 a late word for this horrid vice, thieves, covetous), the other with ou not (drunkards, revilers, extortioners). All these will fall short of the kingdom of God. This was plain talk to a city like Corinth. It is needed today. It is a solemn roll call of the damned even if some of their names are on the church roll in Corinth whether officers or ordinary members.”
Making a Break For It
Except for people born with the gift of being eunuch, human beings have a preprogrammed, God-given, natural desire for procreation. It was given to Adam and passed to his progeny in order to replenish the earth. It is a good, natural desire. The problem is when that good natural desire is fed by impure thoughts and images until it becomes an unnatural lust. This is why we must abstain from the very appearance of evil. Lust is a desire that seeks to control you. The more it is fed, the more powerful it becomes. People do not just wake up one day and start breaking boundaries and doing unnatural things. It comes as a direct result of feeding a natural desire until it becomes a controlling lust. Solution? Run! Turn aside! Discipline your eyes and ears! Don’t allow your mind to be filled with impurity.
The famous last words of a Christian are “I can handle this.” You and I are no match for fornication or anything that would lead to fornication. The only way to fight the battle is to flee! Avoid the source of temptation. If you can’t handle it, get rid of your TV, computer, cell phone, iPad or anything else that the devil is using to hunt your soul. Jesus said if your eye offends you, pluck it out! It sounds harsh, but once Sampson’s eyes were put-out by the Philistines, he could finally focus on God again. I’m not telling you to pluck out your eyes, but I am saying get rid of whatever would lead you into sexual impurity of mind, and or body. Amen.
Run For Your Life!