The mere possibility that a person can extract more than one application from brief passages of scripture speaks volumes about the Bible’s infinite remarkable, brilliant and timeless scope of wisdom. Confirmed as the oldest book in the world, the Bible is also the most controversial piece of penned literature as well. It’s been disputed, argued, researched, examined, observed and revered since the beginning of time. In short, the Bible may very well endure as much criticism as it does accolades.
Criticism of religion or Christianity is nothing new. Paul deals with it throughout his walk with Jesus but refuses to let it cloud his spiritual judgment. The passage I selected from the book of Galatians, chapter 5: verse 19-26 can be applied to modern-day times in more ways than one.
When observing Galatians 5:19-26, a few key Applications came to mind.
1.19The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. (Galatians 5: 19- 21).
(Sexual immorality) may be the most perverse, wide-spread and deviant act of the flesh in modern times. The expansive nature and extent of sexually oriented crimes, lewd acts and over-arching demands for the entertainment of a sexual nature all but proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that, “19The acts of the flesh are obvious.” Galatians 5: 19- Idolatry is next. Worshipping other gods, “money, men, women, sex, things, fame and fortune” describe what many people from all walks of life are doing as we speak. These people include but are not limited to professed Christians, non-believers, preachers, priests, first-ladies, church members and the like. Many churches have commercialized while its leaders are being immortalized. A spirit of discord is common among churches of all different faiths, which is often brought on by jealousy, selfish ambition, and envy. Chemical dependence among people of all age groups is at an all-time high. Obviously, what Paul wrote to the Galatians and Gentiles can be applied to the contemporary church and its people today.
2. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5: The apostle Paul’s warning and all the other men and women of God who devoted their lives to admonishing God’s children back in the day recognized convicting reasons to champion the same charge throughout history on behalf of their descendants, even until this present day. The warnings about not inheriting the Kingdom of heaven should one live an ungodly life is just as applicable today as it was yesterday.
3. “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5: 24). People look for evidence in Christians indicating that they have changed, are no longer held hostage to passions and desires, and know Christ intimately. Our lives are a walking billboard. Once a billboard is erected for all to see, people read or observe what it shows or says. Changing their interpretation of the message after they have seen it in action is nearly impossible. People believe what they see on a billboard not what we tell them to look for. Every true Christian is a new creature of Christ, that fact has not changed and never will.