Jesus Christ said, β€œIt is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Things That Should Not be Named Among Christians — Ephesians 5:3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation #3)

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”

I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 5:1-3:

1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

In verses 1 & 2, we saw how we should be imitators of God, and that part of imitating God is loving others in self-sacrificial way as Jesus Christ loved us. Today, we are focusing on verse 3.

Chuck Swindoll said, β€œA family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.”

Continuing with the theme of being a follower or imitator of God, Paul begins to give some specifics on what we ought and ought not to be doing. There are some things that he says should not be named — even once — among saints. Why ought these things not to be even named among believers? Because we are to be holy as God is holy.

First among these things is “fornication”. This word comes from the Greek word “porneia” which includes all sexual sin. Fornication, adultery, pornography, homosexuality, rape, incest — none of these things should be going on in Christian families or in the Christian community. Our desire to be followers of God should cause this activity to be strictly off-limits in our lives.

Next, Paul names “all uncleanness.” This is a broad term that encompasses all sinful behavior, especially doing things with impure motives. We must remember that in everything we do, God is not just looking at our actions — He is looking at our hearts.

Third, Paul names “covetousness”, or a greedy desire to have more. Christians are to be content with such things as they have. The constant desire to have more or to get more of what others have is unbecoming of a believer.

Just as there are some things that we ought to do as followers of God, there are some things that we ought not to do. We will continue looking at these things as we go through this chapter verse-by-verse.