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Demon Of The Day: Lasciviousness II

Posted by Job on March 5, 2007

In the previous edition, it was discussed how the evolution of the meaning of the term “lasciviousness” furthered the Satanic agenda by allowing it to be a neutral – or even positive in some sense – way to describe sinful sexual activity; a way to avoid calling sin sin. Now the true nature of this demon will be dealt with: it being a lack of self – control. There are two ways in which it manifests. One is wanton lasciviousness; where a person makes no effort to control himself in a certain area or in certain environments and circumstances. An easy example of this is how people purposefully do as they please on vacations and during parties: as if acting immorally – or even more immorally than normal as it were – is justifiable because you were drunk (or high) and at a party, and with a group of people acting the same. In incidences like this, people actually suspend truth and reality, as if they become “a different person” when they renounce their inhibitions and go on spring break or to Mardi Gras or merely “during the weekend”, and they are able to “kill that person” when the party’s over, the high wears off, and they go back to their normal routine. It is only when they have to deal with the consequences of such behavior: the bills, the fines and prison terms,  the lost jobs, the unwanted pregnancies and diseases, and the broken marriages, etc. that they are forced to confront the reality that it is indeed the same person after all.

Then there is a darker side of wanton lasciviousness: when a person chooses not to control himself at all times, and as such is either wreaking continuous havoc in small things, or committing a series of heinous acts from time to time. Rather than people who only in certain situations ignore rules of morality, decency, and consequences by creating alternate existences for themselves (the “party person” who acts crazy on weekends versus the “normal person” who works 9 to 5 and is with the wife and kids), people who exhibit wanton lasciviousness simply do not have any restraint at all, and see no reason why they should. Instead of transferring their lack of control to some imaginary “other person” that they become when it is appropriate, they choose to be uncontrolled at all times because they determine that the rules do not apply to them and the consequences do not matter. These are the people who are labeled “sociopath.” It is worse in a sense because the people who take on this behavior and demon commit worse crimes, but in another sense the “lesser” form of wanton lasciviousness is actually worse because far more people indulge in it. So while the actions of a serial rapist are more destructive on an individual level than that of an individual person who does the “going out, getting blasted, and hooking up every weekend” thing, the fact is that there are far more people who are weekend and vacation party hedonists than there are brutal violent serial rapists. So while the actions of the “permanent sociopaths” make the 6 o’clock news, the actions of the “weekend sociopaths” cause far more damage both in the natural and spiritual realm. To give an example, while it is the gambling addicts and alcoholics who keep casinos and bars in business, it is the people who “only gamble and get drunk on occasion” that make it politically impossible to do anything that would so much as inconvenience anyone who wanted to place a bet or buy malt liquor. Any governor or city councilman that took a hard line against bars or the gaming industry would soon be voted out of office, and it wouldn’t be the addicts making sure of it in the voting booths.

While I mentioned alcoholics and gambling addicts in the previous example to make the point that people who only engage in lascivious behavior at certain times actually cause more damage than the ones who are continuously lascivious, such people are actually examples of those who are compulsively lascivious: people who cannot control their behavior. Now a great many people may actually THINK that they can control their behavior, but they really cannot. This includes people who may actually appear to be wanton, but in fact such people have created their own value system to justify, explain, or merely help them cope with their inability to control their behavior: the serial murderer who tells himself that human life is of no value anyway. But far more often, it is people who are able to tell themselves that they are in control because their habits do not preclude them from living within the boundaries of what we call a “normal life”, or they only feed their compulsions at certain times. For instance, a person addicted to smoking, food, or sports can certainly hold a job, have a family, and regularly attend church. So, that person can go through life feeling that his compulsion is not a problem; that he could quit if he needs to, but since everyone accepts or is resigned to his behavior and “he isn’t hurting anyone” (or so he tells himself), then there is no reason to. Of course, this describes a wide range of behavior: debating/arguing, gossiping, voyeurism, lying, cheating, stealing, sleeping, tardiness, daydreaming, being a “news/information/trivia junkie”, religious activities, etc. You would be surprised at how many people have this one thing – or even several things – that they could not stop even if their lives depended on it, and how many of them are unaware of it because it is not considered “wrong”, it does not appear to cost them anything, so there is no reason to stop. (This differs from the wanton lascivious person in that they KNOW what they are doing is viewed as wrong and hurts people but do it anyway.)

Now there was a time when a person’s survival and security depended on their ability to exert almost total control over themselves at all times. As such, strong self – control was a very desired character trait, and people who had it were much valued by society. Remember “the strong silent even tempered clean living type” who used to be the hero in the western, police, and action movies. But times have changed. Our current culture rewards and encourages lasciviousness. Now, the “good guy” is the person who “can barely hold it together”, and not only that, he is able to “save the day” precisely because of his flaws. The best example of this was the network TV show “Monk” about cop who is a brilliant homicide detective BECAUSE of his many phobias and his obsessive/complulsiveness. Meanwhile, people who actually control their behavior are often portrayed as repressed, intolerant, and even the ones who commit methodical sinister evil … the very people who are not given over to lasciviousness portrayed as being wantonly lascivious!

And this has actually found its way in the church, of course. You have a strand of charismatics; the “slain in the spirit” types, where having raucous services is seen as great spiritual virtue. They are exceedingly proud of how they disrupt church services because they are allowed to stand up and “testify”, “prophecy”, “shout”, or speak in tongues at random or whenever it suits them, and are THRILLED and how tear up their clothes, run over people, turn over chairs and tables, and literally take down the house during “praise service.” Go to one of these “churches” or even merely look at them on television, and you will see how shockingly similar the scene is from that of a wild party at some nightclub! Meanwhile, they call everyone else, meaning people who actually take seriously Paul’s letters – especially to the Corinthians – about the importance of keeping order in the church “spiritually dead” and even suggest that they aren’t really saved!

What Christians have to realize is that self – control in all areas is so important that God included it as a gift of the spirit. Also, any reading of any portion of the Bible makes it clear that failure to control yourself in any context or area is sinful. As a matter of fact, go back to the Old Testament where God gave them specific instructions regarding the sacrifices and the service of the temple: lacking the discipline to keep each and every one of those instructions every single time could literally mean death, especially for the priests! Therefore, EVERY CHRISTIAN should have complete control over every single area of their life. Why? So that we can hand that control over to God. Remember, God controls us, all of us, and any part of us that we cannot master so that we can hand over to God for His use as He sees fit is a part that is unfit for the service of the Lord. So if any Christian has an area of his life that he cannot control, then there are only one of two things the matter. 1) He has not dedicated himself wholly to the Lord enough to bring himself thoroughly in submission to the Lord and rejects self – discipline towards that end or 2) there is a demon of lasciviousness operating in his life that prevents it.

It is a deceptive area, because lasciviousness almost always acts in concert with other demons. For instance, a sexual lust demon may be why you like looking at the bodies of members of the opposite (or the same) sex, but lasciviousness is why you cannot stop, even when you are with your very angry spouse, or when you are looking at someone in that manner that you know you shouldn’t be (i.e. your son or daughter). That is why people who “break one habit” often “pick up another”, such as people who quit smoking often begin overeating. The lasciviousness demon is still there, so it just switches from smoking to gluttony. So Christians, I urge you, if there is any area of your life that you are not in absolute total control, then you need to seek God about it and consider the real possibility that you might need spiritual deliverance. And if you are not a Christian, the ability of a true Christian to control himself no matter the circumstance ought to be a powerful motivating force to become one. You might scoff and say that the Christians that you know are among the most out of control! Well, sadly that is because the modern church has ceased to emphasize the importance of self – control and has given itself over to the “if it feels good do it” predominant culture. The only exceptions are even worse: the legalistic churches who try to control themselves with works and fear of condemnation and “losing their salvation” rather than by submission to God and faith in His Grace and the workings of the fruits of the spirit. While I am a frequent critic of the Catholic Church, in one point in its history they did greatly emphasize the importance of self – control in their doctrine, hence lasciviousness was prominent theme and common unifying denominator among “the seven deadly sins.” (Unfortunately, the Catholic church began to make accommodations for lasciviousness among the wealthy and powerful – i.e. selling indulgences – and that was one of the main motivators for the Reformation, and that led to the various strands of Protestantism either ignoring lasciviousness or trying to control it with legalism rather than guiding their congregants to the path of faith, grace, and spiritual maturity, and now many charismatic Protestants take great spiritual immaturity to be some sort of virtue. Then again, the vows of poverty and chastity that Catholics impose on their priests and nuns were legalistic reactions to lasciviousness as well.) But the need of self – control so that you become a Christian that God can rely upon in all situations is a primary reason why all Christians should desire spiritual maturity through the fruits of the spirit before or in place of great gifts of the spirit or some high church office just so that one can be regarded great and regard oneself as great. Gifts and positions are wonderful blessings from God upon whom He bestows as He sees fit, but as we saw with King Saul, it is much more important to be one whom God can always trust to do His Will. That is why self – control is so important in God’s plan and lasciviousness must be conquered in the Christian, as only charity (or love) and faith are more important. To learn more on this critical topic, please follow this link.

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