by Glen H. Jones
When one commits his life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, he no longer has to contend with the works of the flesh! Right? Wrong! Unfortunately, Christians do fall into the snare of the devil. However, that is not the biblical pattern. Christ accomplished victory for the believer when He died and rose bodily from the dead.
Erwin Lutzer, pastor of Chicago's Moody Church, identifies seven besetting sins and how to win victory over these pitfalls. Greed is one of the most insidious sins. It can worm its way into our souls almost unawares. Greed is a form of idolatry and separates us from God's fellowship. When we fail to surrender everything to the Lord Jesus Christ, we have, in effect, surrendered nothing. We cannot serve God and materialism.
Closely allied to greed is gambling. Is gambling a sin or merely a human weakness? Lutzer points out that gambling violates the biblical injunction to work to meet our human needs. Gambling espouses the get-rich notion, of getting something without working for it.
Alcoholism and drug addiction are besetting sins for millions. These two sins dull the senses, cause one to ignore or evade his responsibilities, and desensitize his spiritual life. Those who are addicted eventually live only for themselves in their own isolated world.
Pornography distorts the biblical meaning of sexuality. Pornography is closely connected to child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, and even murder. Not every user of pornography is guilty of these crimes, but the potential is there. The believer who uses pornography finds that he cannot concentrate on spiritual things because his lustful thoughts war against his soul.
A sexual affair today seems to be the rule rather than the exception. But the results of this enticing fruit produce bitter results. Both Old and New Testaments proscribe unbounded sexuality: sex is reserved for the bonds of marriage; and marriage is between one man and one woman for life. Sexual promiscuity pollutes the soul because sex binds the two in body and soul. Even one sexual encounter before marriage stains the conscience for a lifetime.
The author discusses two other besetting sins: the pursuit of pleasure and occultism. These, too, pollute the mind and soul and destroy a Christian's fellowship. In short, Christ is Lord of all of our life or none of our life. He clearly lays out in Scripture the overcoming life. If we walk in the Spirit, we will not serve the lusts of the flesh.
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