The lives of many immoral people in Scripture warn us against the dangers of sexual immorality.
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Many men and women in Gods Word experienced tragic
consequences in their lives because they lost the battle against impure
thoughts. In the 2nd segment of a seven-article series on conquering
impure thoughts, Dr. Don Dunlap urges readers to familiarize themselves with
scriptural examples of moral failure. He also encourages us to carefully study
the lives of people in Scripture who experienced victory over sexual
The second strategy for overcoming impure thoughts is to
familiarize ourselves with scriptural examples of moral failure. There are
several men and women in the Bible who experienced tragic consequences in their
lives because they lost the battle against impure thoughts.
Samson forfeited his strength, his freedom and his life
because of sexual immorality.
The writer of Judges 16:1 tells us that mighty Samson went
to Gaza where he saw a prostitute and spent the night with her. Because he gave
in to adultery he ended his life in chains, with his eyes gouged out, groping
around in darkness.
A man after Gods own heart, King David had walked closely
with God and had experienced His hand of blessing on his life. We read,
however, of his anguish and grief after he committed adultery with Bathsheba
and then murdered her husband. The consequence of his sin was a divided family
Amnons sin demonstrates how lust turns to violence, hatred and
Davids son Amnon, sexually violated his half-sister
Tamar. We read in 2 Samuel 13:15, Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In
fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, Get up and
get out! He paid for his crime of rape with his life. His brother, Absalom,
plotted revenge for two years and then ordered his servants to kill him.
Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of the old priest Eli,
were both sexually immoral. We learn in 1 Samuel 2:22, Now Eli, who was very
old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they
slept with the women. Gods judgment fell on both sons when they were killed
in battle against the Philistines.
An account in Genesis 19:24 describes one of the most
dramatic biblical examples of Gods judgment on sexual sin. People living in
the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah practiced unrestrained sexual immorality and
perversion. Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from
the Lord out of heaven.
We should study the lives of people in Scripture who
experienced victory over sexual temptation.
In contrast to these examples of moral failure, we should also
be acquainted with the radiant portraits of those people in Gods Hall of Fame
who won the battle against impure thoughts. Among these Bible heroes are Sarah,
Hannah, Rachel, Joseph, Daniel, Job, Ruth, John the Baptist, Stephen, Timothy
God commands us to maintain a clear conscience toward Him and
our fellow man.
Christians must understand the importance of dealing
biblically with sexual sin that involves other people. When we have been
involved in sexual immorality with someone, we should first confess the sin to
God and ask Him for forgiveness. Then we should seek forgiveness from the other
person who was involved in the immorality.
Paul assures us in Romans 8:1, There is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. When scenes of past moral
impurity with others begin to arise in our minds, we must learn to picture the
words, I forgive you, covering over the sinful images.
When our goal is to gratify our own lustful desires we
diminish the scope of our consciences. Additionally, we grow increasingly less
aware of how we hurt other people with the sin of sexual immorality. 1 Thessalonians
4:3-7 is one of the sternest warnings against sexual immorality in all of
It is Gods will that you should be sanctified: that you
should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his
own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the
heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his
brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such
for God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.