The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 4:19 ~ The Negative Effects of Having Scar Tissue of the Soul ~ Doctrine of Sensuality ~ Sexual Immorality

Vol. 15 No. 40 – October 23, 2016
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Heb 12:16, “That there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.”

Next in vs. 19, we have the results of having Scar Tissue upon the soul, “have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.”

This reminds us of the parable Jesus taught the unbelieving Pharisee in Mat 12:44-45; Luke 11:25-26. In essence, if there is not repentance in the unbeliever or reversionistic believer, their situation will just keep getting worse and worse. That is what we are seeing in the rest of vs. 19, a description of the lifestyle of those who have Blackout of the Soul with built up Scar Tissue upon the soul. Their sense of right and wrong, morality, is all twisted and evil, 2 Tim 3:13; 2 Peter 2:20.

2 Tim 3:13, “But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

2 Peter 2:20, “For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.”

It begins with, “have given themselves over to sensuality,” which is the Accusative Personal Pronoun HEAUTOU in the third person, plural, that means, “themselves,” speaking of those with Scar Tissue upon their souls. Then we have the Culminative Aorist, Active, Indicative of the verb, PARADIDOMI, παραδίδωμι for “have given” that here means, “to hand over or deliver up.” The root word DIDOMI meaning, “to give,” is prefixed with the Preposition PARA that in the Accusative means, “by, alongside of, near, or on.” A slang term that we could use here is to “pony up” with someone, which means you are joining in on what others are doing. These soulishly scarred unbelievers and believers are joining in on sin whole-heartedly, and are betraying themselves. Once you reach the stage of the Blackout of the Soul and Scar Tissue of the Soul, you are now betraying yourself because you know better but are ignoring your own conscience. This also tells us that self-betrayal starts with a super frantic search for happiness.

The egregious thing that they are giving themselves over to is, “sensuality,” which in the Greek is ASELGEIA, ἀσέλγεια that means, “licentiousness, excess wantonness, or lasciviousness.”

  • Licentious, “lacking moral discipline or sexual restraint and/or having no regard for accepted rules or standards.”
  • Wanton, “immoral, unchaste, lewd, or lustful.”
  • Lasciviousness, “of or characterized by lust, lewdness, exciting sexual desires.”

Therefore, “sensuality” that means, “excess devotion to sensual pleasures to gratify physical appetites, especially sexual appetites,” refers to that which leads to all types of sin, (impurity or uncleanness), that goes deeper and deeper into sin because it never satisfies. It is synonymous with ASOTIA, “wastefulness, excess, and dissipation,” as we will see and note in Eph 5:18.

ASELGEIA was used in secular Greek to denote “licentiousness” and “shamelessness.” In Scripture, it is always associated with a quality of extreme sinfulness. In the LXX of the OT, it is used to refer to the idolatrous being involved in adultery and having a disrupted marriage. As such, in the NT it is joined with the most heinous of sins such as covetousness, adultery, lewdness, and drunkenness. It means, “lasciviousness, license, debauchery, sexual excess, illicit sexual activity, absence of restraint, insatiable desire for pleasure, and perversion in general.” It is used in Mark 7:22; Rom 13:13; 2 Cor 12:21; Gal 5:19; Eph 4:19; 1 Peter 4:3; 2 Peter 2:2, 7, 18; Jude 1:4.

Those under the control of this sin do not care what others say or think, as long as they can satisfy their desires. Conscience is strangled and shame is “put to flight” in the heart of the one who commits ASELGEIA. It is said that the inhabitants of Sodom spoke openly of their sin (Isaiah 3:9). Thus ASELGEIA denotes open licentiousness and shameless sin.” (Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary).

Isa 3:9, “The expression of their faces bears witness against them. And they display their sin like Sodom; They do not even conceal it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.”

Likewise, in 2 Peter 2:7, it is used in reference to the perversions going on in Sodom and Gomorrah. So it speaks to sexual perversion, immorality, and excess. Therefore, it is behavior completely lacking in moral restraint, usually with the implication of sexual licentious-ness, including hetero, homo, bi, and bestial sexual behavior.

2 Peter 2:18, “For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error.”

Jude 1:4, “For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

In Rom 1:18-32, Paul dealt with the subject of homosexuality that is also described here in vs. 19. Three times, he said that God gave them over to something:

  • “God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another,” Rom 1:24.
  • “God gave them over to shameful lusts,” Rom 1:26.
  • “He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done,” Rom 1:28.

This is a description of a constant falling more deeply into sin, as Paul once again characterizes the Gentile world as being far away from God.

Then, in the last section of vs. 19, we have, “for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.” It begins with the Preposition EIS that means, “into, to, toward, so that, or with the result that.” Then we have the Accusative Noun ERGASIA, ἐργασία that means, “a trade, profit, gain, practice, or diligence,” in regard to the “professional” life. Usually used for “productive labor,” here the production is that of sexual immorality or sin. Given the scope of application of this word, it may be used here for the “oldest profession” of humanity, male and female prostitution; especially that used in the idolatrous worship of the ancient world. So, together it should read, “resulting in the profession.” Rather than being a professional Christian as a Royal Priest and Royal Ambassador for God, these are professionals of sin and sex. Therefore, “practicing” here is in the sense of a professional or prostitute, in the performance of sin and evil, especially illicit sex.

Every kind” PAS, “meaning all or every,” emphasizes that we are not just talking about one form of sinful sexual practice, but all kinds and forms.

The type of working they are performing is that “of impurity,” AKATHARSIA, ἀκαθαρσία that means, “Uncleanness, ritual impurity, or immorality.” From the root KATHARTOS with the negative prefix “A,” it denotes various kinds of uncleanness: physical, cultic, and ethical. It is used in the NT literally for, “any substance that is filthy or dirty” or figuratively for, “a state of moral corruption.” Therefore, AKATHARSIA usually denotes moral impurity, such as the sexual impurity found in unregenerate Gentiles, Rom 1:24, 2 Cor 12:21; Eph 4:17-19; Col 3:5, and the overall status of the sinful nature of mankind, Gal 5:19; 1 Thes 2:3; 4:7.

Mat 23:27, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”

Rom 6:19, “I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.”

1 Thes 4:7, “For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.”

Therefore we could say, “They have prostituted themselves for Satan’s cosmic system,” or “they have sold out to the world.”

With greediness,” is the final emphasis of this type of impurity. It is the Dative Preposition EN, “in,” with the Dative Noun PLEONEXIA, πλεονεξία that means, “Greediness, avarice, and covetousness.” It means, “insatiableness, intense desire, or insatiable lust,” therefore, we have the intensification of the Frantic Search for Happiness.

It is a compound word from PLEION meaning, “more,” and ECHO that means, “to have.” Therefore, we could say, “I got to have more, more, more.”

PLEONEXIA also includes PHILARGURIA, “the love of money, to hoard away, or avarice.” It is connected with extortionists, 1 Cor 5:10; with thefts, covetous thoughts, plans of fraud, and extortion, Mark 7:22; and with sins of the flesh, Eph 5:3, 5; Col 3:5. Finally, BDAG defines its usage as “the state of desiring to have more than one’s due, greediness, insatiableness, avarice, and covetousness,” (A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature.) Therefore, “In the sphere of insatiable lust” is a good translation meaning, a super frantic search for happiness involving sexual sin.

Insatiable lust, PLEONEXIA, connotes grasping and desiring more and more and therefore represents not the ordinary frantic search for happiness but something way beyond that. In this verse, the illustration is sexual reversionism, so it means an insatiable desire for more and more sex in abnormal ways. In other passages, it is used for insatiable desire for money, drugs, or power. It is often covered by the word “covetousness” or “greediness,” neither of which is adequate. In this context, the members of the Royal Family have reached the latter stages of reversionism. This verse presupposes the existence of the intensification of all stages of reversionism. It also indicates someone who is way beyond the point of having negative volition, apathy, indifference, or antagonism toward Bible doctrine or the communicator. The resultant neglect of the function of GAP, (failure to assemble together for the learning of the Word of God or to get it off the internet), results in the attack on the left lobe, the Blackout of the Soul, and the attack on the right lobe, Hardness of Heart or Scar Tissue of the Soul. So what we have at this point is Reverse Process Reversionism being practiced under strong delusion because their souls are devoid of God’s Word and filled with the garbage of Satan’s cosmic system, a.k.a., the world’s viewpoint. This has led this reversionist to be locked in to the lust pattern of the Old Sin Nature and locked in to Satan’s cosmic system to their detriment, resulting in MATIOTES of the soul – emptiness, worthlessness, and uselessness. “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

Doctrine of “Sensuality” – Sexual Immorality

“Sensuality” in Eph 4:19 is the Greek Noun ASELGEIA, ἀσέλγεια that means, “licentiousness, excess wantonness, or lasciviousness.” It generally refers to sexual immorality as excess devotion to sensual pleasures to gratify physical appetites, especially sexual appetites. It is used in Mark 7:22; Rom 13:13; 2 Cor 12:21; Gal 5:19; Eph 4:19; 1 Peter 4:3; 2 Peter 2:2, 7, 18; Jude 1:4.

There are a number of types of “sensuality” or sexual immorality found in Scripture. The two primary ones are called adultery and fornication. Other types of sexual immorality include incest, homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, molestation of children, indecent exposure, masturbation, sodomy, etc.

Definition of Adultery. Adultery is sexual relationship with the opposite sex when one or both members are married to someone else. In Scripture, it is defined as sexual intercourse of a man, whether married or unmarried, with a married woman. It is also used in Scripture in the sense of any sexual activity outside of Divine institution #2, (marriage between one man and one woman). Therefore, sometimes adultery may be categorized as fornication in the seduction of a member of the opposite sex, or one of the other immoral sexual behaviors noted above. Adultery is also categorized as fornication, except in Mat 15:19; Mark 7:21.

Mat 15:19-20, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. 20These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.”

Definition of Fornication.       Fornication refers to sexual activity between those of the opposite sex where neither party is married. It is the seduction of the opposite sex of the human race outside of marriage. Fornication is forbidden in 1 Cor 6:18.

Definition of Homosexuality / Lesbianism.     Homosexuality and Lesbianism refer to sexual activity between those of the same sex, either a man with a man, which is typically called homosexuality, or a woman with a woman, called lesbianism, whether married to a member of the opposite sex or not. If married to a member of the opposite sex and then committing homosexual or lesbian activity, it also falls under the category of adultery. In addition, just because the laws of a state or country may allow for homosexual activity and marriages, that does not legitimize it in God’s eyes. It still is a sin and an egregious one that is an attack on God’s Divine protection for the human race under Divine Institution #2; (marriage between a man and a woman). Finally, these are also categorized as sexual sins of degeneracy in Scripture along with:

  • Bestiality, which is sexual relationship between a human being and an animal.
  • Necrophilia, which is erotic attraction to a corpse.
  • The sexual sins of crime.
  • Rape, which is to force a person to have intercourse.
  • Incest, which is sexual intercourse between parents and children.
  • Pederasty, which is sexual relationship between two males, one of whom is a minor.
  • Prostitution, which is the practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money.
  • Pandering, which is the function of a pimp, a go between who profits from the vices of others related to illicit sexual intercourse.

Sex is not love, it is designed to be an expression of Category #2 Love, (love between the right man and right woman). Sex was designed by God as an expression of Category #2 Love between a right man and a right woman that is an extension of soul love for each other. The principle of the wrong woman is found in Prov 6:20‑35.

By analogy sensuality, (adultery, fornication, homosexuality, etc.), has a spiritual meaning, which refers to reversionism among unbelievers, Heb 12:16, and believers. Adultery, fornication, etc., are often used in the Bible to describe reversionism and apostasy, Jer 3:8-10; Ezek 16:23-43; 23:24-28; 1 Tim 1:8-10; Heb 12:16; Rev 12:16; 17:1-5.

Heb 12:16, “That there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.” The Greek word for “immoral” here is PORNOS, where we get our word “pornography” from, that means, “a fornicator.” Cf. 1 Cor 5:9-11; 6:9; Eph 5:5; 1 Tim 1:8-10; Heb 13:4; Rev 21:8; 22:15.

1 Tim 1:8-10, “But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,”

Another Greek word for adultery is MOICHOS, μοιχός, and its cognates that mean, “adultery or unlawful intercourse,” Luke 18:11; 1 Cor 6:9; Heb 13:4; James 4:4; 2 Peter 2:14.

James 4:4, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

2 Peter 2:14, “Having eyes full of adultery and that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed (PLEONEXIA), accursed children.”

The prohibitions of sexual immorality apply to every dispensation because they are a part of God’s design for morality and protection in the human race. The mandates are given in six sub points.

  • It was prohibited by the Mosaic Law in the Ten Commandments, Ex 20:14; Deut 5:18.
  • It is prohibited in the New Testament, Acts 15:20; Rom 13:9; 1 Cor 6:18; Col 3:5; 1 Thes 4:3.
  • Mental adultery is prohibited, Mat 5:27-28.
  • Incest is forbidden, Lev 18:6ff; Deut 27:20; Lev 20:14; 1 Cor 5:1-7.
  • Homosexuality is forbidden, Lev 18:22; 20:13; Rom 1:18-32.
  • Bestiality is forbidden, Lev 18:23; 20:15; Deut 27:21.

Mental adultery means that a man gets an image in his right lobe and his emotion revolts in lustful desire for that image. In overt adultery, the soul makes a decision and the body follows through. In mental adultery, only the volition or the soul is involved.

Sexual immorality and the Frantic Search for Happiness are related, Eph 5:3. Sexual immorality should not even be mentioned as a means of happiness. Sex should be an expression of a pre‑existing happiness. Sexual immorality carries certain laws of punishment, frustration, and certain forms of slavery. Once you commit sexual immorality, you have stepped into a soul‑type of slavery. This is a part of its punishment. Sexual immorality is one of the manifestations of both sublimation and emotional revolt of the soul, (although you can commit sexual immorality without emotional revolt). This is taught in the use of the Greek noun PLEONEXIA in Eph 4:19; 5:3. Beyond greediness, covetousness, and insatiable lust, this word actually means a Frantic Search for Happiness, due to the insatiable nature of sexual immorality that leads you to always chase after it, which leads to a form of slavery because mentally and/or physically you are consumed by sex.

Reversionistic destruction of the soul through sexual immorality is described in Prov 6:32; Eph 4:19. This means Blackout of the Soul leading to Scar Tissue upon the Soul, where it becomes more and more difficult for the believer to cycle Bible Doctrine through the soul for application, especially to Rebound and Recover to get out of the destructive cycle of sexual immorality.

Prov 6:32, “The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.”

In addition, there is the potential for physical destruction as a result of sexual immorality that is found in Mark 7:21-23; 1 Cor 6:13-18. Promiscuity can have a destructive effect upon both the male and the female body. The male body: impotence, inability to sexually satisfy the right woman; the female body: the destruction of sexual responses to the right man, loss of orgiastic pleasure in sex, and the result of antithetical type problems: nymphomania and frigidity.

Sexual immorality is a bona fide basis for divorce, Mat 5:32; 19:9; Luke 16:18. The resultant Blackout of the Soul, Scar Tissue of the Soul, Frantic Search for Happiness intensified in reversionism destroys rapport between husband and wife. This is also emphasized in Deut 24:4. The principle of interim sex destroys soul love and sex capacity.

Under phallic reversionism, (i.e., adultery, fornication, or any other sexual immorality), it builds Scar Tissue in the Soul, destroys the body, and ruins the spiritual life. Therefore, they are the enemy of right man, right woman relationship and are prohibited in the strongest terms in Eph 5:3.

God will discipline those who consistently participate in sexual immorality, Heb 13:4.

Heb 13:4, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”

On the other hand, the sanctification of Category #2 Love in marriage is found in 1 Cor 7:3-5; 1 Thes 4:3-4; Heb 13:4.

The glory of Category #2 Love is described in a spiritual analogy, 1 Cor 11:7; Eph 5:25-31.

Your life and conduct must be based on doctrinal principles that there exists on this earth a right man or right woman for you and through them you will have a fulfilled sexual life. It should not be a case of cheap substitutes for your self-gratification. Fornication, adultery, homosexuality, etc., are accepting a cheap substitute in order to gratify a biological or even an emotional urge, or to enter into a Frantic Search for Happiness through reversionistic reactor factors. When you have Bible doctrine in the heart of your soul you will have Divine viewpoint plus faith-rest, that will lead you to flee from sexual immorality. Super-grace, the ECS, and spiritual growth under GAP, all reject the principle of the Frantic Search for Happiness through fornication or any of the other categories. Bible doctrine in the soul is the capacity for Category #2 Love. Therefore, GAP is the preparation for the greatest of human relationships. The super-grace status gives maximum capacity to express love in sex between a right man and right woman.

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If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson:
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you.  He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins.  He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life.

To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!

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