Run For Your Soul

Run For Your Soul

Robert Wurtz II

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.”But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.


Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:15–20 NKJV)


If there is one sin that is almost guaranteed to send your soul to Hell if left unrepented of it is the sin of sexual immorality (fornication, adultery, homosexuality, etc.). I understand that those are strong words to start an article with, but it’s true and we might as well get to the point. There are numerous times in the New and Old Testament when we are warned about sexual sin in the strongest possible terms. This means sexual activity of any kind beyond the sacred institution of Biblical marriage. And just in case we may have somehow overlooked all of the solemn verses related to this topic… we have two final warnings among the epithets in the direful lists of the doomed and the damned at the end of the Book of Revelation (Rev. 21:8, 22:15). 

With such dreadful warnings in mind I wish to focus on Paul’s imperative command to “Flee sexual immorality.” Our Greek word translated as flee in English is found in many places in the New Testament where a person is running from present danger. Perhaps the most familiar example of this concept in action is when Joseph fled from Potiphar’s wife when she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house. (Genesis 39:12 ESV)

 

Why run? Because we are no match for sexual sin. It’s the one thing that the longer we entertain it the more likely we are to participate in it — and it’s too late once the enemy gets a foothold in the mind and ensnares us. If we entertain the possibility of sexual sin we are already under his delusion. Run for your soul! Not as Lot’s wife who turned back to see one last time. God is warning us to turn and run while there is still hope and we are still reachable. 

Paul offers us insight into how he dealt with his own natural appetites when he remarked, “But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. ”(1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV) At first glance this doesn’t seem possible. Could the great Apostle to the Gentiles really be disqualified (Gk. adokimos) because of sexual sin? That’s right. He was as human as you are and I am. It was an ever present threat in this sinful world. Temptation often presents itself in subtle and not so subtle ways. Keep in mind too that the Greek word adokimos is frequently translated as reprobate. At the least he could have been disqualified from ministry… but more likely meant, based on his own frequent warnings along this line, that he could have lost his own salvation (Romans 1:28-29, 1 Cor. 6:9,10:8, Galatians 5:20-21, Ephesians 5:3-5, 1 Timothy 1:10, etc.).

   

The natural body has appetites that answer to these temptations. Paul’s solution? He took control of his own body and brought it into subjection. This means he refused to come under the control of the bodies appetites and rather pushed back with the utmost intensity and control. The Greek words are strong and mean to hit under the eye. This is not literal, but it shows the level of discipline he exerted upon himself. In other words, he was in the habit of telling his body “NO!” in the areas of natural appetites (eating, procreation, etc.). He refused to find fulfillment in the exercise of his glands. He controlled his body at all times and never allowed it to control him.

 

Deception and Separation

 

There are professing Christians in the world who are so deceived by sexual sin that they are fully convinced that flirting with the opposite sex is a valid form of expressing Christian love. They see no problem with texting other peoples spouses and speaking to them in a seductive manner. I know this because I have met them and counseled with them. It is total deception. As Christians we need to keep God’s word ever before our eyes particularly in relation to sexual sin. What did the Psalmist say? “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalms 119:11 ESV) James tells us that once lust has conceived it will bring forth sin and when sin is finished it will bring forth death. In scripture death does not mean annihilation it means separation. When sexual immorality is committed it causes death to relationships — most of all our relationship with God. 

 

Moreover, sexual sin can cause the total destruction of a local church. It can enter in to the life of one person and spread to the whole congregation. Stories abound of this sin entering churches and before it’s over the people are exchanging marriage partners and all kinds of inexpressible evil. These are not fairy tales as I have personally known of it to happen. This is why Paul warned about it so often and even told the Corinthians in Chapter 5 to turn an unrepentant fornicator over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. Why? To save the church and to save the man’s soul. He also warned the married couples not to fast for too long a period of time because in doing so it could actually open the door to Satan to lead one of them into sexual sin (1 Cor. 7:5). This could apply to any reason that a couple abstained from one another for an extended period of time. 

 

In summary, we need to do whatever it takes to make sure we do not become involved in sexual sin. I am persuaded that nothing puts a person in jeopardy of hell fire quite like sexual immorality. Why should we fool ourselves? Understand that Satan’s objective is to destroy as many lives, marriages, and souls he can with fornication and adultery. Apart from the risk it puts our souls in it also brings extreme suffering and pain to the minds of the people who commit the sin or are on the receiving end of a transgression. It defiles the person in ways we cannot comprehend and impacts the union that we have with Christ (1 Cor. 6:16ff). For one who is caught in the sin the admonition is to repent and renounce the behavior. For those who are in the throes of temptation — flee sexual immorality! And as a matter of general maintenance on our spiritual lives we need to discipline (our) body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others (we ourselves) should be disqualified.   

The Final Option

The Final Option
Robert Wurtz II
“And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.
But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” (Revelation 9:17–21 NKJV)

With each passing day Revelation chapters 9 and 16 make more sense to me. As I child I would read of the wrath of God being poured out — only to be stunned by the proclamation, “But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands.” Obviously the judgments and plagues spoken of in Revelation are akin to that which was poured out upon Pharaoh in Egypt. They are foretastes of Hell itself. The events are in a sense a repeat of what happened to the Egyptians just prior to the Exodus. Sadly, the results are all too familiar. Rather than responding rightly to the plagues the people went from bad to worse. When we reach Revelation 16 the unrepentant not only refuse to turn from their evil, but are blaspheming God. Never underestimate what a person is capable of who is bent on rebelling against God.

The writer to the Hebrews warned us saying, “Take heed brethren lest there be in any of you and evil heart of unbelief in departing from the Living God.” An evil heart is one that refuses to acknowledge God. The process of how this plays out can be examined in Romans chapter 1 and 2. People simply refuse to acknowledge God as God. In the time of Jesus the chief priests (who didn’t believe in the resurrection) witnessed everything including a resurrection and they still refused to repent (change their mind). In fact, they plotted to kill Lazarus again after Jesus had raised him from the dead (John 12:10). They would rather destroy the evidence than repent. This is one example of an evil heart of unbelief and what it is capable of.

At some future time God is going to pour out His wrath on this earth. In Revelation 9 the people are subject to nightmarish judgments and they still refuse to repent. Imagine a third of all mankind dying and still the people refuse to change. In modern times that would be over 1.5 billion people. After 1/3 are dead they still will not repent. This tells me that God has reached “the final option” trying to deal with mankind. His goodness has been trampled under foot for centuries. All the “gentle Jesus meek and mild” preaching has utterly failed. Now it is time to face the judgment. God gave the inhabitants of the earth a space to repent and yet the people have not repented — but rather blasphemed God instead.

Again, this foretaste of Hell will be similar to what Pharaoh experienced in Egypt only 1000X worse. He was a “type” of Satan and Egypt was a “type” of the world. In Revelation 9 God is pouring out judgments on the world that have not been seen in the dreams of the most fevered minds. What do the millions or billions do? They harden their hearts in unity against God just like Pharaoh. Notice the list of sins that the people refuse to repent of.

But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” (Revelation 9:17–21 NKJV)

1. Demon worship
2. Murder
3. Sorcery (mind altering drugs)
4. Sexual immorality (illicit sexual activity)
5. Thefts (Gk. klepto)

These behaviors all relate to idolatry. They are being systematically legalized almost worldwide. To persist in these and other like behaviors is an affront on God in the worst of ways. God is here identifying the controversies that He has with the unrepentant. He tells us what He is trying to get the people to repent of. When repentance does not take place, God simply steps up the temperature (so to speak). Rather than change, the people grow angrier and more hateful towards God. Rather we know it or not, we are at an early stage of this hardening process right now. The crazy ideas and flagrant sin that goes on today is but an introduction to what fallen man is capable of. If society stays on this trajectory, sin is about to go to levels that have not been seen since the days of Noah. Thirty years ago no one would believe where we are today. Thirty years from now, should the Lord tarry, sin will be off the charts in ways we cannot now comprehend or imagine. We have a verse in Jeremiah that relates to these times…

“The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away.” (Jeremiah 6:29 KJV)

God turned the temperature up on the Jews to the point that he burnt up the smelting bellows (figuratively speaking)! Still, there was no repentance. The people refused to agree with God, change their mind, and turn from their sin. In modern times, the world is being hardened and prepared for the fiery wrath of God. At the current trajectory, a showdown is on the horizon between God and this present evil world. It will be too late to spend time worrying about what Christians are saying about God judging high-handed sin. Whether He is doing it now or not only He knows. But one thing is certain; if the good book is to be believed — He is going to. The nice preachers can correct Him if they want to, but if they are wise they will stay out of His way and leave their comments about being disappointed to themselves.

This generation needs a baptism in the facts of the book of Revelation. God will not always tolerate the highhandedness of our times. Let the blasphemers — blaspheme. Let the false prophets — prophesy falsely. In the words of Revelation 22, “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” (Revelation 22:11 NKJV) They have Moses and the prophets… if they will not hear God’s word there is no other recourse to help them other than to pour out wrath. It is the final option before this present evil world passes into eternity.

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” (2 Peter 1:19 KJV)

I have been fortunate enough to see enormous and spectacular double rainbows at a close distance. Being near them have caused me much fear and trembling. For I realize that even now a rainbow surrounds the throne in heaven — as a symbol of God’s mercy on the earth. In modern times that same rainbow has been twisted into a symbol for abominable sins. That is how depraved and flagrantly evil this generation is. The hostility towards God is gaining momentum. Yet a host of Christians are worried about fornicators being “judged.” Is there any wonder we read verses like, “ (…) that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” (Romans 3:19b KJV) When all humanity is in line to stand before the throne of God I doubt there will be much foolish talking that implies that God is somehow at fault and rebellious sinners ought to be defended. We need to be careful that we remember whose side we are on. Let God be true — not rebellious sinners.

“They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds. And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.” (Revelation 16:11, 21 NKJV)

The willingness of mortal men to all but spit in the face of God is accelerating. These unrepentant people talk tough and will continue to do so even to the very end. They are in for bad times — but the masses will refuse to be changed. They may even kill off all the true Christians employing the most dastardly means; but when God pours out His wrath they are going to beg for the rocks and mountains to fall on them and hide them from the face of God. The days of gentle Jesus meek and mild will be over. The rainbow will be gone and the Great White Throne will be revealed. Mercy will be gone forever. Is there any wonder the writer pleads with us, “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.” (Hebrews 3:7–14 KJV)