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Wednesday Wordplay: Debauch

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!

1 Timothy 3:2 Character Counts 3

How many of you have been to the Grand Canyon? Did you take pictures of the whole canyon? It really doesn't matter how big your camera is you simply cannot take one complete picture of the Grand Canyon. If you want a picture of the Grand canyon you're going to have to take hundreds of photographs and stitch them all together into one massive photo.

When you look into the qualifications to be an overseer or pastor what you're really getting is one snapshot of maturity in Christ. It's not a complete picture but it is a good picture. As much as that picture describes what Pastor's should be, it also describes what every believer should be growing to be. As such it is best understood as a series of Character traits which manifest or display themselves in daily life.