Counterfeit Love, False Worship

 

Originally published in Pulpit Helps, October 2003.

Paul shows us in Galatians 5:19-21 what the garment of flesh looks like, if we, as believers, allow the flesh to dominate our lives. Paul shows that all the flesh offers us is a counterfeit way of living: "Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." We need to see this! When we choose to live after our flesh, all the flesh can offer is fake!

First of all, the flesh can only offer a counterfeit love: "Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality." Paul describes a counterfeit love life-one that brings only physical gratification. It's amazing how the flesh makes us think that lust is the same thing as the wonderful purity of loving someone in the Spirit of God!  

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