Spiritual chastity

Prostitution, wine, and new wine take away the mind and the [spiritual] understanding.
My people consult their [lifeless] wooden idol, and their [diviner’s] wand gives them oracles.
For a spirit of prostitution has led them astray [morally and spiritually],
And they have played the prostitute, withdrawing themselves from their God. – Hosea 4:11-12

Grace is seated in the power of nature. Now these carnal sins disable nature; and so set it in a greater distance from grace. They make men, that formerly seemed to give light as a candle, to become as a snuff in a socket, drowned in the tallow; or as a quagmire, which swallows up the seed sown upon it, and yields no increase. Who are void of the Spirit but such as are sensual? – John Trapp

Athena Dean Holtz writes an article — Dealing with PTSD – Spiritual ramifications: Part six – The Fruit of being led astray by Harlotry – and she takes the reader through Hosea chapters 4 and 5 with incredible clarity as to the outcomes from walking away from or no longer associating with the Spirit of God.  She comes from the perspective that in our moments of incredible trials and stress, the route we choose becomes the outcomes in our lives.

Prostitution and wine have the capacity to take the heart away from God. You cannot be indulging in them and yet be seeking sanctification at the same time. For your heart to be stayed on God or to be available to God you must separate yourself from these things. You must utilize the grace of God which works through faith to abstain from the things that take away the heart. Now, some of the things that take away the heart include but not limited to wine, love of money, the love of the world, fornication and pleasure/entertainment. All of these things exert influence on the heart of a person. They can be described as earthly influences that have the capacity to dominate and diminish lives. The way you handle them or your success in handling them will determine the level of sanctification you can experience. The danger in it is that most of these things that take away the heart may not be sin by themselves but may lure one into sin. That is why the Bible admonishes us severally against them. The Lord calls His people away from earthly influences that dominates and diminishes lives urging us to live by the fullness of His Spirit. – Pastor Asabor

We may hence learn what is our spiritual chastity, even when God rules us by His word, when we go not here and there and rashly follow our own superstitions.  When we abide then under the government of our God, and with fixed eyes look on Him, then we chastely preserve our faithfulness to Him.  But when we follow idols, we then play the wanton and depart from God. – Calvin

There are certain demands that should never be met. If the people demand from their religious leaders that which does not promote spiritual growth, then the people should be put in their place.

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