Boys In the Hood: Part 2

Dirty Faith How to overcome Sexual Sin and Pornography addiction

Romans 1:16-32 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth ; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen , being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful ; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened . 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools , 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator , who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet . 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient ; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."

We have seen the effects that pornography and lust can have on us as men. Now it is time to go a little bit further and see what really happens when we harbor sin, and allow our lusts to control our lives.

Men often associate manhood with money, power, sex, respect and territory. Many times we have a "right" to be driven toward attaining more of these attributes. But when we get to the truth, we will find out that our "rights" are not that important to God. The "way" that God wants us to go supercedes our rights to anything. Of course we have free will...and our will has to yield to the Holy Spirit, that we may be convicted of our sins, that we may seek righteousness & correct ourselves in judgment (John 16:7-11). Obedience to God may seem hard & grievous at times but it will always yield peace, deliverance, and joy (Hebrews 12:11). The commandants of The Lord are for our protection not for our destruction. They help to repair and heal not to cause stress and feelings of inadequacy. But if we are honest, "holiness" can become a scary and unrealistic word. We will get back to 'holiness' later, first we must deal with the consequences of living by the flesh.

When we observe the lust for power, the lust for money, the lust for women, the lust for respect, or the lust for empire; a common trait begins to emerge. This trait can be found in the 28Th verse of Romans 1. The word 'reprobate' in the Greek is 'Adokimos' (A - meaning NOT, and 'Dokimos' were people who were honest money changers: in the first century, coins were made out of extremely soft metals, and it was a common practice by evil "bankers" or money changers to shave down the sides of the coins so that they could get more raw material to make more "counterfeit" coinage). The connection of the word 'Adokimos' and money should not surprise you (Remember what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 6:24 - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon). The word 'mind' in the Greek is "Nous" which is akin to the Hebrew world 'Nephesh'; 'Nous' is our intellect, our mind, the judging part of our soul, the inner intuitions, or the inner ability to perceive & understand. When given the chance man will seek after and worship anything that brings it pleasure or a feeling of comfort. Our brains are wired to turn inanimate objects and people that bring us pleasure into idols. We have the propensity to elevate the pursuit of wealth, power and fame to the level of godhood.

In the first chapter of Romans we see The Lord giving lustful people the chance to vote for His will, but because they vote unanimously against God, He seconds their motion. The people choose their own 'way' and so The Lord allows them to suffer the consequences of their own actions. In verses 26 & 27, the greed of the people and the lusts of the people mutate into homosexual perversion. The anti-creation perversion that began to develop was a consequence of them selling out to their lustful pursuits of fame, money, power and pleasure.

Notice that homosexual perversion is the CONSEQUENCE, of a reprobate state of mind! It's no wonder why we see homosexual perversion ruling in Hollywood, in politics, in the corporate world, in the music industry (gospel music included) and in religious systems all over the globe. But let us not get ahead of ourselves, revisit the subject of Porneia. When a man watches pornography, it is inevitable that he will see male nudity and feminine homosexual perversion. And even though a man may not participate in a homosexual act, when he follows after his own lusts, emerging himself in pornography, he becomes a patron of homosexuality & he will expose himself to the thoughts, images and ideas of those that have reprobate minds. Images and stories created from corrupt & counterfeit minds that will steal, kill and try to destroy anything in their path. Turning us into flag waiving fans of card carrying reprobates. When we agree with this type of perversion it will lead to what we currently see on television, in the churches, in our culture and in our schools. We cannot continue to follow after our own way and still think that it will not affect the rest of the community. What we do in secret will ultimately find its way to the light.

2 Timothy 2:19-22 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified , and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

So what about this holiness issue? The Greek word for holy or sanctified is 'hagios' which means clean and pure. The Hebrew word that correlates with hagios is 'kadesh', these two words cannot be fully understood when well look at them in the western context. In the Eastern way of thinking there exists the possibility of "both/and". Which means that something can be both this and that. The Greek/Hebrew word for 'holy' can mean both clean and unclean. So in the scriptures an offering might be considered 'kadesh/hagios" or "kadesh/hagios". When we understand 'holiness" in this context there remains no more excuse because we have operated in "kadesh/hagios" our entire lives (ironically the term "Holier than thou", which comes from Isaiah 65:5, confronts this type of behavior, where uncleanness masquerades as true holiness, but the contemporary meaning of the phrase has been hi-jacked and used to mock those that try to promote holiness which is what God was talking about in Isaiah 65). Environment and intent are the two components that determine which meaning presents itself: 'holy' or 'unholy'. The difference in the usage occurs in the intent of the word, when it's in an active state and the environment in which the action occurs. The Environment does not regulate holiness, rather it affects the intent of the person. The intent of the person regulates holiness. When we find ourselves in the right environment and we come before the Lord with the wrong intent the situation looks holy but in reality: unholy. We can find ourselves in the wrong environment and start off with the right intent but the environment begins to change our actions: unholy. So the seriousness of positioning ourselves in the right environments and flooding our hearts with light that we will have the right intent cannot be understated.

The Lord does not care about what kind of circumstance we find ourselves in, The Lord wants to know where our allegiances abide and what direction our intent is pointed. Our circumstances change all of the time, but The Lord never changes (James 1:17). God calls us to be "steadfast, unmovable and always abounding" in our walk with Him (1Corinthins 15:58). When our intent allows us to act righteously in spite of the environment = holiness. We have to humble ourselves, stop making excuses and allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse, convict and lead our hearts, that we may be what God called us to be! ("Because it is written , Be ye holy; for I am holy" - 1 Peter 1:16)

The Call to Holiness is not an indictment for the IMPERFECT man,but rather the Call to Holiness is an invitation to the PRIVILAGED man. It's not that we HAVE to be holy but it's that we GET to be holy. It's not that holiness PUSHES us away from people but it's that holiness PULLS us closer to The Lord.

The environment that we live in may be a filthy one, but our intentions and will, have to be holy. But when we find ourselves in enviornments that pull us too strongly, effecting our will, then we have to separate. Today the media uses the phrase "Coming Out" in reference to homosexual boldness but in the scripture above God personally calls us to "come out" and be holy. When we refuse to listen to God, reprobation of mind will be the ultimate consequence, but before that occurs others around us may have to pay the price first. Revisiting Romans 1 verses 29-31, we can clearly observe that the plurality of the words informs us that the community as a whole became infected. Even the children were infected when we look at the phrase "disobedient to parents".

Recently, I have noticed more and more people starting to minimize sin as just "missing the mark" or "a mistake" or "imperfection" or "breaking the law". This type of deception epitomizes the type of mindset that the reprobates in Romans chapter one had. Trying to minimize sin would be like trying to call the I-Phone "just a cell phone" or "just a touch screen phone". The I-Phone changed the pricing of smart phones, the marketablity of cell phones, the nature of cell phones, the purpose of cell phones, and the physical size of cell phones, etc. Sin cannot be mitigated as "just...", when we see sin being brushed off, then you better believe that the infection has spread and reprobation draws near. No one is above the consequences of their own lusts, therefore we have to stand up and be the MEN that The Lord has chosen us to be! 1 Peter 2:9 "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light"

Numbers 25:1-15 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat , and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor. And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying ,Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say , Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel. Now the name of the Israelite that was slain , even that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites. And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people, and of a chief house in Midian.

In the scripture above, Phinehas found himself in an unclean camp, where lustful and perverse rituals abounded around him. The intent in his heart boiled over into righteous ZEAL that ignited him to perform a "hagios" act. The men in the camp were allowing sin to run rampant. Their powerlessness confounded God and it caused The Lord to give Moses a solution for their sickness. The solution seems harsh at first but when you read the scripture and understand what was really happening the reason becomes clear. The linking of the people to Baalpeor constituted a political and economic strategy. Their lust for greed, power and fame led them down the path of reprobation. Zimri and Cozbi were in the act of sealing not only an unholy religious ritual but also a political alliance for wealth, power and position in the camp. When we see Phinehas we may assume that his act was impetuous or violent. But when we see the word that God uses, it gives us a better understanding of how to deal with unclean environments when they manifest in our lives. The Word of God uses the phrase "was ZEALOUS for my sake...", in reference to Phinehas. The only way to overcome an unclean enviornment is with zeal. The zeal of the young priest, caused him to be courageous enough to stop the unrighteousness in the camp, resulting in God sending PEACE! To me it seems worth it to use our passion, mind and will in order to obtain peace. God uses His zeal to remove the sin in the world and bring peace in our lives.

Isaiah 9:6-7 "For unto us a child is born , unto us a son is given : and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor , The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."

In this great passage from Isaiah 9, we see that God used His zeal to bring forth a Savior unto the world that will initiate peace and justice in the world to come. Zeal tends to be emotional but zeal allows includes calculation, strategy, purpose, position and tools. As men we are made to use our zeal to defeat the sinful habits and rituals that we have developed in our lives'. This is not to say that we are saving ourselves, but this is to say that we are taking a stand as men! (Ephesians 6:10-14) There is more at stake than just our personal preferences or our individual issues. The community at large will be affected by the decisions and concessions we make. So the question remains: "Will we be zealous enough to become 'MEN in the CAMP' or will we sit back, let sin run wild and be "Boys in the Hood"?

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Left By: Fellow brother in Christ On: 7/28/2013 12:46:32 PM

Great two articles that help bring deliverence to the captives

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