My thoughts on the spirit of this age (lust)
By Darnell Wesh
1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
incline your ear to my understanding,
2 that you may keep discretion,
and your lips may guard knowledge.
3 For the lips of a forbidden[a] woman drip honey,
and her speech[b] is smoother than oil,
4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death;
her steps follow the path to[c] Sheol;
6 she does not ponder the path of life;
her ways wander, and she does not know it.
It seems to me that a spirit of lust has taken over this world. Men have always seemed to be excused for their immorality, there is a sort of understanding that “It is ok for a guy to be hormonal, it is the job of the woman not to be.” So the grief I feel is unfairly due to the woman in this age. All “good” church-going girls have given themselves over to sensuality (I can think of at least 4 instances where this has occurred and that just off the top of my head). Of all the sins that are being committed in the world today, the sexual immorality of the young, beautiful women are the most grievous to my soul, particularly a “Christian” woman. So one can only imagine the joy I feel when a beautiful, godly woman does good and has no evil intention of doing otherwise; even those who on occasion fall but know it is wrong and a genuinely seeking to do better gives me a sigh of relief. They are on our side in our war with the powers that be (Eph. 6:12). Unfortunately, this battle is great, and our opponent – too powerful for the church in America to war against –we are sorely outnumbered. And we only have ourselves to blame. Somewhere in American Church history we dropped the ball, in a time where we maintained cultural dominance we became wonton and lazy. I am afraid soon we will feel like the foolish virgins who are left to fend for themselves in the dark –abandoned, rejected, and alone in the ever increasing darkness (sinfulness) or this age (Matthew 25:1-13). I guess, if you believe in the rapture, us five virgins will have seven years of tribulation until he comes again (I should say, I am not too sold on the whole “rapture” idea). I feel like Abner who has let the enemy creep in and take our lords staff (dominance) when I wasn’t paying attention. Hopefully a revival comes, but honestly I am pessimistic. Our only hope is to boldly proclaim Ephesians 5:5 (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,) and pray that the Lord winnows our the chaff, and calls sinners (both saved and unsaved; woman and male) to repentance and holiness. Amen.
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