The Harlot's Call
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"For the lips of
an adulteress drip honey, and smoother than oil is her speech; but in
the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet
go down to death, her steps lay hold of Sheol. She does not ponder the
path of life; her ways are unstable, she does not know it. Now then, my
sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep
your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house"
(Proverbs 5:3-8 NASV).
Many who come for counseling have
realized that they have given their heart to the harlot. As they=ve
gone through life, they=ve
listened to the harlot=s call:
AWhoever is naive, let him
turn in here...stolen water is sweet and bread eaten in secret is
pleasant"(Proverbs 9:16-17 NASV). In recent years,
that call has come more and more often by way of the internet. They have
responded to the call, and Aa
spirit of harlotry has led them astray, and they have played the harlot,
departing from their God" (Hosea 4:12b NASV).
The actual behavior involved may range
from fantasy to pornography to illicit relationship. Whatever patterns
it takes, it is idolatry and love for the world. Their heart is divided
and the house of their life is not standing firm. They have turned from
wholehearted devotion to God, and they and their families are tasting
the harlot's ministry of death.
Getting free is seldom easy, but it is
God= s will, and therefore it
is undeniably doable. Jesus came to set us free. By His blood, through
His Word, in His Spirit, the grip of harlotry, idolatry, and sexual sin
is broken. In counseling, we work with people to help them lay hold of
that freedom, to be restored, and to walk in liberty.
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