LISTEN: To Be an Imitator of God, Here is What Not to Do, Part 8 — Ephesians 5:5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation #11 with Daniel Whyte III)

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.”

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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 5:5-7: “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.”

Thomas Fuller said, “Charity begins at home, but should not end there.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we displease God, does it matter whom we please? If we please Him does it matter whom we displease?”

Paul has warned believers against engaging in sexual sin, uncleanness, covetousness, foolish talking, and coarse jesting, yet, there are those who would tell us that these things are harmless, that we can sin and get away with it, and that God will overlook our sins because we are His children.

There are those who would “deceive us with vain words.” Those who believe that they can get away with sin even as a Christian believe something that is empty and devoid of truth. God requires more of us, not less, because we are His children. And, if we are His children, we will be eager to obey Him and please Him in all that we do. As Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Paul reminds us that the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience because they do the very things that God has commanded us not to do,and that Jesus Christ died for. The implication is that, if God does not hesitate to punish sinners who do not believe in Him, what kind of Father would He be if He let His own children get away with the very same sins. Surely, our punishment in this life will be more severe because we have been shown the truth of God’s word.

We ought not to engage in the same sins that the world is engaged in. We have seen the light and we need to walk in it.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.