But if makes no sense for someone to live in the swamp of discontent with a resolve to “keep it clean.” Keeping it clean is arbitrary, given the quagmire of discontent he live on, and on top of that, keeping it clean there is impossible.“Keeping a rule,” however technically correct, falls easily into the trap of abstraction and impersonalism.But one of the running temptations we encounter in this world is the temptation of coming up with makeshift forms of holiness.We we know what God wants, and we bustle around to come up with some form of that on our own.Is the phrase “sexual purity” overused in the church today?Your answer to this question will depend greatly on the church circles in which you run, but the heart of the question is meant to help us reflect on what the phrase “sexual purity” actually means. It communicates the idea of no mixture, no dirt, no pollutant, no stain, no defect.
As a result, we oppose sin with a false standard of holiness, and then are surprised at its impotence.
() But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness much not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, , a word Paul uses in exactly the same way in both texts.
But each rule must be met with a heartfelt acknowledgement: “God’s law tells us not to make opportunities for lust in our life, but when we do this, we will find that our hearts are still restless.
This is because God’s law doesn’t just tell us to live.