September 9, 2007
by Michael Gilbert
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, and they are these:
adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness…”
(Gal. 5:19, KJ21)
In our text for this week, we will focus on one word in particular…although hard to pronounce, the word ‘lasciviousness’ is easily understood.
Thayer defines this word as “…unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, wantoness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence, wanton manners, filthy words, indecent bodily movements, unchaste handling of males and females, absence of restraint.” (Thayer, pg. 79-80)
The lifestyle and attitude of the lascivious person is one that screams “NO RESTRAINTS.” This word decisively condemns things such as young unmarried couples “petting” in parked cars (or wherever they may be), dancing (except between married couples in the privacy of their home), sexually filthy literature and movies, sexually filthy jokes, and any other form of shameless conduct which balks at God’s authority. The attitude of the lascivious person is summed up in these words,
“Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?
nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush…”