28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:
29 That you abstain from foods sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.3 For if you keep yourselves free from these things, you will do well. Farewell." [Only sexual immorality still applies to most modern cultures. The Word of the Lord within spoke to sexual immorality being the one surviving rule that applies to today's Christians just starting the journey out of darkness to a sinless state.So you could say, avoiding sexual immorality is the one big rule you must follow in the beginning. And yet, most who name themselves Christians are watching television shows, movies, and DVD's, which promote sexual immorality; reading books and magazines that celebrate sexual immorality; visiting porno web sites, and much worse.]
30 So when they were sent off, they came to Antioch; and when they had gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter,
31 Which they rejoiced over when they had read it, for the encouragement it brought.
|2 Timothy 2:22 |
22 Flee youthful lusts; but aim at and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, in the company of those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. [Righteousness must be sought, pursued, and aimed at. We must seek His righteousness as the highest priority in our life. Mat 6:33. We must patiently wait, by faith, through the Spirit, for the hope of righteousness, Gal 5:5. Our obedience to what we hear the Lord speak to us leads to righteousness. Rom 6:16. Paul speaks of a fellowship with others who have a pure heart. Blessed are those are pure in heart for they shall see God, Mat 5:8; For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:6.]