Things Not To Be Mentioned

J. D. Conley
August 28, 2016

Paul commanded the Christians at Ephesus, "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks" (Ephesians 5:3-4).

Paul does not urge these brethren to not to dabble in these sins occasionally, or to keep them to a bare minimum. To the contrary! He says, "let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints" Therefore, it is unbecoming for any of these sins to ever, even once, be attached to one who wears the name of Christ. Since the apostle’s admonition is so strong, a defining examination of these six sins is necessary.

Fornication: is a much broader word than the word "adultery." All adultery is fornication, but not all fornication is adultery. Adultery is fornication committed by one or both parties who are married to some one else. Fornication is translated from the Greek word, pornia, and includes every kind of sexual immorality. Homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, and pedophilia are included. The sin of fornication, whatever stripe it wears, is one of the things not to be mentioned even once in the life of a child of God.

Uncleanness: This would include any sin that would besmirch the Christian’s spiritual garments, thereby staining them and causing impurity. Morally speaking Christians are to be beyond reproach, pure and free from guilt. Our character is to be sterling at all times, "Be ye holy; for I am holy" (1Peter 1:16).

Covetousness: Is greed and the inordinate desire to have more. Contentment is something Christians must learn, (Philippians 4:11). Covetousness is a sin Jesus condemned more than any other. There is no question this particular sin is widespread and deeply entrenched, and yet its rarely, if ever, confessed. Yet the church is told it is to be unnamable among us. "Covetousness is idolatry"(Colossians 3:5). "Idolaters shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone" Revelation 21:8.

Filthiness: Refers to shame, disgrace, impurity, base, dishonorable, obscene and ugly. Does any other term describe these times more accurately than this one?

Foolish Talking: So much of what is said on TV, the radio, the Internet and social media, falls under this heading. Its not just idle talk that is condemned, but foolish and vain talking. Such as calling someone a "fool" without just cause, (Matthew 5:22). It also describes one who chatters forth worldly wisdom, but spiritually is foolish, (1 Corinthians 3:18).

Jesting: One should not equate this to the telling of wholesome jokes and clean humor. But it certainly includes smutty jokes, and coarse story telling laced with vile and indecent language.

May each one of us take stock and see if any of these six sins are named even once among us. If so, may we swiftly repent and resolve to ever keep any of these from ever being once named among us. May we strive to maintain our status as saints!