Idolaters

Ephesians 5:5. “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inhertance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”

What is a whoremonger? Strong’s  Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible  lists the word as a derivitive of pornos,  with connotation especially of male prostitutes who sell their bodies for financial gain.

An unclean person is impure and greedy, and people who choose to live in such a way are guilty of idolatry and will have no part in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Their choices condemn them to hell.

How many times have we all heard the question, “But how can a loving God condemn anyone to hell?”  In all the centuries through which people have voiced that question, the answer has remained exactly the same.  It is not God Who condemns us to hell. It is our own choices to disobey God and live in a way that dishonors Him, as well as dishonoring our own bodies, that condemn us.

Paul was writing to new believers who had probably been involved to some degree in the sexually immoral worship of Diana.  He used strong language here to make them aware of the need for them to turn their backs on the old behaviors.

Choices have consequences.  When we choose the behavior, we choose the consequence.

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