“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. “ (Reference: Ephesians 5:3-5 )
Perhaps I have been reading the writings of too many historic Anabaptists, but the writer of Ephesians sounds a lot like some of the historic Anabaptists I have been reading over the past months. Not that it is necessarily a bad thing – just repetitive.
And that is not to mean that sexual immorality or impurity or greed are acceptable. Nor that obscenity is permissible. Nor even that foolish talk or coarse joking can make up the bulk of our conversation. It’s just that we all know – already know – that sort of thing is not to be part of the Christian life . . . don’t we?
Beloved, not everyone in the global community seeks an inheritance in the Kingdom that God and Christ have established. Not all of humanity can expect to or seeks to be granted that inheritance. And for those from whom they would decline or choose not to believe, they can and will go about their own way. But you, beloved, and I do seek that inheritance and wish to be given entry to that Kingdom. If that is the case, we need to heed the words of wisdom and admonition. And if they need to be repeated, so be it!
May you beloved make wise choices, and advise and encourage wise choices in others. Selah!