3 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. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them. Ephesians 5:3-7
The focus of Paul’s letter in this section has to do with believers who are involved with sexual immorality and rampant sin. We are to be in the world but not of the world. We are not to separate ourselves from those who are lost and in bondage to the enemy. But if there be a brother or sister who continues to live in rampant sin when they know they should not and it begins to affect the greater body, then that person must be removed from fellowship.
There are many churches that fail to practice church discipline. They cast a blind eye against rampant sin and simply let it go on and ignore it. This causes incredible issues within a church body. We are the body of Christ and we are called to be holy because the Lord Himself is holy. We are not to pursue the lust of the flesh, nor the desires of this world.
We live in a world and culture that sends forth a message that everything is okay. That sin does not exist and what you believe to be true is true for you. It is a subjective morality and is an incredibly dangerous thing. It causes people to live in darkness and bondage believing themselves to be free because they can pursue every lust that exist in their hearts. But they fail to see they walk on a road to destruction, and if not changed will end in a eternity separated from Almighty God in darkness and suffering.
For us to walk in holiness and obedience requires that we abide daily in the Lord. We must make our pursuit of Him the priority of our lives. More than the air we breath and the food we eat. The most important thing in our lives must be our pursuit to know Jesus Christ in a greater way. This only comes through prayer and the study of God’s word. May we abide and may our lives reflect His glory in all things.