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The Works Of The Flesh

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The Works Of The Flesh

"Flesh" is the sinful element in human nature with its corrupt desires. It remains within the Christian after his conversion and is a deadly enemy to him (Rom. 8:6-8,13; Gal. 5:17,21). Those who practice the deeds of the flesh cannot inherit the kingdom of God (Gal. 5:21). Hence, they must be resisted and put to death in a continual warfare that the believer wages through the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:4-14; Gal. 5:17).

Galatians 5:19-21 – The works of the flesh include:

1. “Adultery" – Any voluntary sexual encounter of a person with someone other than his or her spouse
(Exo. 20:14; Deu. 5:18; Mat. 5:31-32);

2. "Fornication" – immoral sexual conduct and intercourse; it includes taking pleasure in pornographic pictures, films, or writing
(Mat. 5:32; 19:9; Acts 15:20,29; 21:25; 1Cor. 5:1);

3. "Uncleanness" – sexual sins, evil deeds, and vices, including thoughts and desires of the heart (Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5);

4. "Lasciviousness" – sensuality, following one's passions and de¬sires to the point of having no shame or public decency (2Cor. 12:21);

5. "Idolatry" – worship of spirits, persons, or graven images, also trust in any person, institution, or thing as having equal or greater authority than God and His Word (Col. 3:5);

6. "Witchcraft" – sorcery, spiritism, black magic, worship of demons, and use of drugs to produce "spiritual" experiences
(Exo. 7:11,22; 8:18; Rev. 9:21; 18:23);

7. "Hatred" – intense, hostile intentions and acts, extreme dislike or enmity;

8. "Variance" – quarreling, antagonism, a struggle for superiority (Rom. 1:29; 1Cor. 1:11; 3:3);

9. "Emulations" – resentfulness, envy of another's success (Rom. 13:13; 1Cor. 3:3);

10. "Wrath" – explosive anger or rage which flares into violent words and deeds (Col. 3:8);

11. "Strife" – selfish ambition and seeking of power (2Cor. 12:20; Phi. 1:16-17);

12. "Seditions" – introducing divisive teachings not supported by the Word of God (Rom. 16:17);

13. "Heresies" – division within the congregation into selfish groups or cliques, which destroy the unity of the church (2Cor. 11:19);

14. "Envyings" – resentful dislike of another person who has something that one desires;

15. "Murders" – killing a person unlawfully and with malice;

16. "Drunkenness" – impairing one's mental or physical control by alcoholic drink;

17. "Revellings" – excessive feasting, revelry, a party spirit involving alcohol, drugs, sex, or the like.

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