Evils not ... Among Saints
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:3-5
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must 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, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. (ESV)
What are the behaviors that are to characterize the lives of Christians? What actions, thoughts, and type of speech should we avoid? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches from Ephesians 5:3-5 and Paul’s exhortation to live according to God’s Word. In this passage, Paul provides a list of things that are generally characteristic of those who do not follow Christ— sexual immorality, uncleanness, covetousness, and other vices. His point is that we are to make every effort to avoid them because they are not to characterize Christians. But, in a world that actively engages in and encourages such sins, how can believers avoid them? First, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, we must kill temptation at the first hint of it— we must not allow it even a small foothold in our lives. We are to run at the sight of it. Paul states that such things are to “not even be named among you.” Many read these verses and conclude that Christians are to be dull people. Yet, that is not at all what these instructions mean. Rather, Jesus’ followers are to be characterized by giving thanks and by radiating God’s joy in every activity of life. A Christian’s speech, states Dr. Lloyd-Jones, should always be profitable and thoughtful. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches how we can honor God through how we live.