Uncleanness as a work of the flesh includes such things as moral impurity or immorality, unchastity, obscenity or vileness, base and evil lusts, which are repulsive and offensive to the senses, etc. Uncleanness is all unnatural practices such as sodomy (today’s homosexuality and lesbianism), bestiality, incest, and other inordinate affections. It could also include such things as filthy talk, foulness, vileness and possibly more.
The Scriptures are prolific with warnings against uncleanness. Let us take a look at Ephesians 5:3-7: “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; (4) Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. (5) For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (6) Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. (7) Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
First Thessalonians 4:7 tells us: “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” Uncleanness is the antithesis or direct opposite to Bible holiness. The thing we should do is ask ourselves this question: “Am I walking in God’s holiness or the world’s lusts?” The Apostle Peter gives some encouragement and warning about this issue: “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: (10) But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities” (2 Peter 2:9, 10).
Apostle Paul admonishes to clean up our lives and live free from the spirit of fleshly lusts. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1).
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Col. 3:5).
To put uncleanness in all its forms into the right perspective we refer once gain to our text verse for this series of articles. Galatians 5:21: “…they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Walter Lofton is a local pastor at the Church of God in Seth and can be reached by email at email@example.com