People Not to Hang Out With

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 5:3-7

We might like it if God graded on a curve. If he said, “OK, obey any six out of the Ten Commandments and you pass.” We’ve all rationalized our favorite sins, saying (be honest now), “It’s not really stealing,” or “Gossip is telling lies but not when you tell the truth,” or “It’s too hard; I can’t help it,” etc. Then we come to a paragraph like this, and we’re stopped cold:

No immoral, impure or greedy person such a man is an idolater has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God (v. 5).

If this is true, how can anyone pressured by our popular culture be saved? Materialistic greed drives advertising. Immorality and impurity bombard us in every form of popular entertainment. What are we to do? Two suggestions from today’s verses:

  1. Know that what’s impossible with man is possible with God (Luke 18:26-27); that’s a promise! So is 1 John 1:9 Confess your sin and God not only forgives, he purifies us. Partnered with him, we’ll walk in his light (1 John 1:7).

  2. Don’t go it alone; peer pressure works both ways. Be real with a Christian friend about temptations. It’s harder to be deceived if you’re not alone.


By your grace, with gracious friends, I can win over sin. Amen.