Monday, September 17, 2018
1 Peter 4:3
“For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:”
Revellings as a work of the flesh includes riotous feasting and letting loose. Believers use birthdays, graduations and funerals as excuses to organise riotous parties. The consumption of alcohol, sexual promiscuity and strife occur in revellings. Some believers who cannot patronize nightclubs on the streets find a subtle way of bringing them into the church.
In the attempt to entertain ourselves, believers import worldly music and dancing into the church. We sometimes attend birthdays and end of year parties where worldly music is played. People of the opposite sex pair up and take to the stage to display provocative forms of dancing. The lyrics of the music are usually romantic words that make some in the audience a little nervous and the kind of dancing that accompanies these kinds of parties are not good for sound viewing. The bible admonishes us to stay out of these things (Titus 2:11-12; 1 Peter 4:3).
The works of the flesh we have discussed above are the characteristics of a church with poor church hygiene. Paul said those who do these things cannot enter the Kingdom of God. According to Galatians 5:19-23, good church hygiene is not just the absence of the works of the flesh but the abundance of the fruit of the Spirit.
Pray for the discipline to stay out of wild parties and feastings.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
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