I wanted to say thank you for your message this morning (I didn’t get a chance after the service) and encourage you to keep preaching more of the same. It was, I believe, a word in season to all within the Church of Christ, and we need to hear more of it.
Within your message you touched on subjects which many Christians in this day and age do not want to hear because in impinges on their “personal freedom” and on what they want to do. As you so rightly put it we do not have any sort of freedom outside of that which we find in Christ. We are called to be different and to live by a higher standard because we have been bought by God through the death of Christ and adopted into his family.
The call to Flee from sexual immorality amongst other things (we are also called to flee from youthful lusts/desires in 2 Timothy 2v22) is particularly relevant in this day and age due to the sexualisation of absolutely everything round about us. We as Christians can be so easily seduced if we are not on our guard to these things! You also touched on something else which is equally as important, in the words of the KJV “….abstain from all appearance of evil”. Over the years I have heard too many Christians saying “it’s between me and God what I do”, or “I am not sinning so what is the problem”. Paul says “… all things are lawful, but not all things are beneficial….” which we so often forget (or ignore!!). We have a responsibility to be an example, not just to the unbeliever but to our weaker brother or sister, and if our “lawful” action leads them into sin then we will be held responsible for that.
Anyway as I started, thank you for bringing the Word of God to the Church this morning and I pray that it will take root and set us free to be who we are meant to be in Christ.