Debauch: from the old French meaning to lure a man away from his duty (for whatever purpose). Today we’ve infused the word with a bit more meaning specifically pointing to the seamy side of behavior. Debauchery is used in the NIV to translate two words in the Greek.
Uniquely in Ephesians 5:18 we read that getting drunk on wine leads to debauchery. The word is ἀσοτία (asotia) which is described by Friberg as the act of a man “who has abandoned himself to reckless immoral behavior.”
The other four uses (Rom. 13:13; 2 Co. 12:21; Gal. 5:19; 1 Pet. 4:3) of Debauchery in the NIV are translations of the word ἀσ́ελγεια (aselgeia) which describes living without any moral restraint whatsoever.
Regardless of it’s technical meaning the quiet and more sinister side of debauchery (in the old French sense) is expressed in James’ description of the origin and power of temptation. Temptation, James 1:14-16 tells us occurs when our own internal lusts and desires grab hold of us and lure us away. When that lust has concieved it gives birth to sin and it is sin that brings forth death.
What lusts are debauching you my friend? Do not continue to allow your own lusts and desires sweep you away. In Christ we have the capacity to overwhelmingly defeat temptation. Go to him, not with mild prayers but with earnest pleadings
“O my God I do not feel the strength to resist this urge but to you I bow down and humbly submit my body to be your tool of righteousness!”
Let Christ lead you into victory which is better by far than letting your own flesh lead you into debauchery!