Here we have the sixth post in a long series. If you really want to know what this post is about, check out THE SEARCH FOR THE MOST VIRTUOUS VERSATILE BLOGGER — PART 1. Otherwise, just read on and enjoy.
The inordinate craving for, or indulgence of, the carnal pleasure which is experienced in the human organs of generation.
The wrongfulness of lust is reducible to this: that venereal satisfaction is sought for either outside wedlock or, at any rate, in a manner which is contrary to the laws that govern marital intercourse. Every such criminal indulgence is a mortal sin, provided of course, it be voluntary in itself and fully deliberate. This is the testimony of St. Paul in the Epistle to the Galatians, v. 19:
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, . . . Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.”
Moreover, if it be true the gravity of the offences may be measured by the harm they work to the individual or the community, there can be no doubt that lust has in this respect a gravity all its own. Transgressions against the virtues other than purity frequently admit of a minor degree of malice, and are accounted venial. (continued here)
Except with respect to disease, the word venereal is not much used these days, but that seems appropriate. The word is derived from the name of a pagan goddess, Venus (see here). Her Greek counterpart, Aphrodite, served as the the patroness of temple prostitutes. These served their goddess by servicing male “worshippers”. Two thousand years ago, the temple at Corinth achieved notoriety for the thousand prostitutes that “worshipped” at Aphrodite‘s temple. Such behavior perhaps explains why the Apostle Paul wrote the following passage.
1 Corinthians 6:15-20 New International Version (NIV)
15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
In our era, Corinth no longer supports temple prostitutes. Nonetheless, we have many who market products and services aimed at our propensity to lust. For example, in Fox’s ‘Glee’ wrong to promote teen sex, Janice Shaw Crouse rails against the promotion of teen sex.
If you put stock in the media hype, the hit TV show, “Glee,” is breaking new ground this week.
The game-changer in the controversial episode consists of two parallel sexual initiations – one a heterosexual teen couple and the other a homosexual teen couple. This may be new in the sense of it being even more corrupting than previous episodes or containing even more indecent material shoved in our faces, but it’s certainly not a positive new development. Such media promotion of early sexual activity – not to mention the promotion of gay behavior – flies in the face of what is best for teenagers and bucks the current, more positive trends that show teen sexual activity, teen abortions and teen births declining. (continued here)
headlines her blog with this statement.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
When is in the business of protecting our rights, one might wonder why “lust” might come up as a frequent subject in ‘s blog. Yet it does. Here are some examples.
- While it is time to house clean, one must question Obama’s true intentions given his administration’s lust for power, greed and their socialist agenda. (from here)
- No more may lust of worldly wealth
Command thoughts that are thine;
Nor may we envy other’s lot,
Or at our own repine. (from here)
- Both parties are equally guilty for the lust of pork. (from here)
blog also includes categories of posts that address the inordinate craving for, or indulgence of, the carnal pleasure.
- Acts of violence against Women: OCCUPY WALL STREET: Deaf Man Raped at Occupy Wall Street 10312011. This includes a video interview where a participant in OWS describes a problem with extensive sexual harassment.
- Rape: OCCUPY DALLAS: 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL SEXUALLY ASSAULTED 10242011. Provides a news video about a runaway keeping bad company.
- Sexual Abuse: Peace Corps Rape Scandal provides a story of about a Peace Corps coverup. Note that the first two videos in this post are no longer available. However, the last one gets the point across quite well.
- Acts of Violence against Children: Un-MAPPED Territory (via Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then Go Ahead) points to a post by another blogger. That post deals with the on-going effort to normalize pedophilia.
- Gate rape: Woman Gropes TSA Agent’s Breast at Security Checkpoint offers a interesting observation. If it is wrong for us to grope TSA agents, why are they doing it to us?
- Sexual Assault: OCCUPY WALL STREET: Protester/Kitchen Worker Arrested In OWS Sex Assaults provides another review of the behavior of certain demonstrators.
So why does put all these posts about the sin of lust on her blog? Well, consider that identifies herself this way.
Black American female, middle aged, middle class, Conservative, educated, die hard advocate against higher taxes, big government, government intervention and Progressivism.
I think that means wants to be allowed to run her own life and sees a problem. has ascertained that the sin of lust exhibits itself many forms, and in all those forms, with both our own lusts and the lusts of those in power, lust threatens our freedom. Unless we can each find some way to exercise self control, we will not be free.
Next week we will discuss envy.