As people praise and worship the Lord, the people are brought into the presence of God. But a lady walks in from the back, dressed in a hot dark blue, fitting dress. Most eyes are on the Lord but a few men can’t help but notice her.
As a pastor preaches his message, a young married lady wears something inappropriate. Every now and then, the pastor can’t help but notice her cleavage.
After service, a pastor tracks down a woman to make arrangements to meet.
Not for counseling……but for sex.
Has the church become a place where the dress of a harlot is acceptable? Has the house of worship become a den of sexual immorality when men actively hunt for women for sex?
It takes two to tango.
Sexual wear of women is done for one purpose.
To attract male attention.
With homosexuality heavily in holy and unholy the houses of worship, it’s not surprising to see women attract other women, or males attracting other males, or both.
Even when male pastors exhibit oratorical power in the pulpit, it is used as attraction.
Preach well, and you will have all eyes on you.
Powerful words to move people into an emotional frenzy is enough to lure unsuspecting emotional women into the bedroom.
But when a woman comes to church looking like they are going to the club, you know that something is going on. To be noticed is her goal.
Especially if the target is the pastor.
Notice what Proverbs 7:6-11 says….
“For at the window of my house
I looked through my lattice,
And saw among the simple,
I perceived among the youths,
A young man devoid of understanding,
Passing along the street near her corner;
And he took the path to her house
In the twilight, in the evening,
In the black and dark night.
And there a woman met him,
With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
She was loud and rebellious,
Her feet would not stay at home.”
Notice that the youthful man that is “devoid of understanding,” “took the path to her house.”
Just imaging a young man or a middle aged single or married man is smitten in their heart when a woman comes to church dressed like a harlot. Instead of keeping their minds on the Lord, they sneak a peek to check her out.
Somehow they find a way to “hook up.”
Now everyone will say that the woman shouldn’t be blamed, it’s the man’s fault for lusting after her to begin with.
First, blame is to be applied on both sides.
When a woman intend to dress a certain way that really is not holy, it tips the scale against a man.
Proverbs 27:20 says…..Hell and destruction are never full, so the eyes of a man are never satisfied.”
A man must control his heart, mind, eyes, and hands.
At the same time, a woman must control the way she dresses. If what she is wearing is too “dangerous” it must be placed in the closet or exchanged for something more modest. If it is “dangerous” at all, it must not be worn.
The fashion styles of today may not reflect modesty, but ask the Lord if He likes what you are wearing to His house of worship.
In many of our cities, there are spots that are havens for prostitutes. On the magazine stands are scantily clad women. If a man is not careful, these things easily fills the mind of a man to pursue “strange flesh.”
The counter balance of the purpose of these immoral women pasted on magazines is to teach women what is attractive to a man and she will dress appropriately.
After the service is over, a man that lacks understanding will take a path to her house.
Notice the time that this takes place.
“In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night.”
This is indicative of the male’s evil heart.
So there are two things that can happen in the house of worship.
The heart of a harlot and their dress, and the lust in the heart of a man that will pursue strange flesh.
The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 15:18-20a….“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man….”
So the heart of the man is the seat of lust in his heart. Before he touches a woman, he is already defiled in his heart because of the evil thoughts of adultery and fornication.
In Matthew 5:27-30, Jesus said…..“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery. ’But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
And then the Lord gives the remedy called “radical removal.”
If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”
Hebrews 12:4 says…..”You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.”
In other words, you did not get to the place of shedding your own blood to stop yourself from sinning.
Now do not go and pull your eye out or get a knife and cut off your hand.
What are you willing to do to cut yourself off from the things that you see everyday that triggers the lusts in your flesh?
Are you willing to close your Directv subscription to avoid the Playboy, Hustler, and other Adult Channels? Are you willing to give your wife the passcode to your laptop, inspect your cell phone, have a friend that you confide with ask you tough questions that demand truthful and honest answers?
Are you willing to ask your wife to stay with you or come with you will you go overseas or around the country to preach? Are you willing to have the TV removed from the hotel room to avoid the Adult Channels?
There are triggers that enliven lust in the heart of a man.
What a man sets before his eyes is the tale of the tape.
Psalm 101:3 says….“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness.”
The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 6:22-23….“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
What a man watches determines whether he has light or darkness in him. What we set before us reveals the light or darkness in our hearts. When an immoral woman passively hunts, her dark heart is already revealed.
The eyes is connected to the heart. So when a man with lustful intent look at a woman, the mind goes into a ritual stage. The mind begins to plan out how to acquire strange flesh.
Paul said in Romans 13:12-14….“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
The ritual to fulfill illicit sexual pleasure is man and woman making “provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
The passive hunting for a man is part of the process.
This is the perversion of the natural laws of attraction that bring single males and single females together according to God’s design so that they would do the right thing. Get married and enjoy each other’s lives legally.
James 1:14-15 says…..“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full- grown, brings forth death.”
One of the keys to understanding the crafty heart of an immoral woman is that they are loud and rebellious. They cannot be told anything. They talk over you to overpower you. The combination of her wardrobe and loud mouth can persuade a weak hearted lust filled man.
She controls everything.
It’s the strong hearted man that resists her every move.
What must be done to stop the madness in the house of worship?
We must preach and live holy. We must identify the sexually immoral woman when they come through the door. Not to turn them away, unless they fail to listen, but to minister to them where they are hurting.
Brothers need to turn to the Lord. If they are married, if they are having situations in the home, help them to deal with it and restore their relationship before they entertain crossing lines that they said they wouldn’t cross.
There is a high price for Secret Sexual Sins.
The judgment of the Lord. Both consequential judgment on earth, and eternal judgment.
Together, we can stop the madness of prostitution and harlotry in the house of worship.