Straight From the Journal – Thoughts on my Sin & Mortification

My sin must be killed by grace driven effort. This will take place as I grow in:
- Mining the depths of the love of God
- Practicing righteous deeds and considering others above myself
- Experiencing helpful giving & receiving Christian community

My church's small group beginning soon will not cure my sin.

"Keep at the greatest distance from sin, and from playing with the golden bait that Satan holds forth to catch you." "Hate [sin] with horror."
- Precious remedies against Satan's devices – Thomas Brooks

(Proverbs 5:8) (1 Thessalonians 5:22) Abstain from every form of evil.
Forms of evil:

  • Selfish; placing one's self above the needs + the good of others. Whenever I see an inkling of self-centered energy, kill it.
  • Sexual immorality; this is chasing after the desires of a perverted sexual desire. Sex is to be a 'mingling of souls' between a man and his wife only. All other acts coming from sexual desires are immoral.
    Sexual immorality is a sin against God (Psalm 51:4) and our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:18).
    It comes from the heart (Matthew 15:19).
    It is to be abstained from.
    It is a fleshly desire (Romans 13:13-14).
    It is a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:19).
    It must not be named among the saints (Ephesians 5:3).
    It is to be put to death (Colossians 3:5).
    It is not in the will of God (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
    It is full of impurities (Revelation 18:3).
Sin is the greatest disease in existence that plagues the human race. Do not dance upon the edge of the pit of sin, for I would fall into that pit.


  1. What exactly does it mean to say that sin:

    "must not be named among the saints"?

    I followed the link, but the context didn't really help me. :/ I feel a bit silly asking but I'd like to know.

  2. Anonymous-

    The standard for sexual immorality for the Christian is one of absolute abstinence. There should not even be a hint of sexual lust, adulterous thoughts, prostitution, pornography, etc. in the Christian's life.

    That help?