Expose Evil Deeds

Today is February 14, 2008. I intend to spend the evening with my wife, dining with her, loving her, and just spend time with her. Therefore, I am preparing this short Bible study taken from Ephesians 5:6-17. I pray that you will do the study and that God will bless it and teach us all through it.

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:6-17 ESV)

What does it mean to “take part in the unfruitful deeds of darkness”? Let’s first read the entire passage of Ephesians 5:6-17 (above), and then we will look at the word participate, and at what unfruitful deeds of darkness are:

The word “participate” or “take part in” comes from the Greek word “sugkoinoneo” (4790), and means have fellowship, to share in company with, to be a partaker of, co-participate in. Are there different levels of participation? Yes, you can actively participate by being a part of the evil deed (Psalm 26:4-5, Proverbs 4:14-16, Jeremiah 15:17, Romans 16:17), or you can passively participate by not stopping the person from doing the evil deed (Numbers 20:1-13, Numbers 20:23-29, Numbers 27:12-14, 1 Corinthians 10:4, Psalm 141:5, Matthew 18:15-17, Luke 17:3-4, Galatians 2:11-14, Titus 3:10-11, James 5:19-20, 1 John 5:16), or by not reporting the evil deed (Leviticus 5:1, Proverbs 29:24).

The unfruitful deeds of darkness are:

1. Immorality (Translated from the Greek word porneia (4202), and means fornication. Fornication is the sexual act between unmarried people.) — 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Corinthians 6:13-20, 1 Corinthians 7:2, Hebrews 13:4

2. Impurity (from the Greek word akatharsia (167), morally or sexually unclean) — Ephesians 5:3, Romans 1:24, Romans 6:19

3. Sensuality (from the Greek word aselgeia (766), morally unrestrained, will participate in any sexual act with anyone or anything) — Leviticus 18:5-30, Romans 1:24-27, Ephesians 4:17-19, 2 Peter 2:2

4. Idolatry (from the Greek word eidōlolatria (1495), worship or serving images, false gods, that includes self or money) — Deuteronomy 4:15-19, Romans 1:20-23, Colossians 3:5

5. Sorcery (from the Greek word pharmakeia (5331), the use of medicine, drugs or spells) — Deuteronomy 18:9-14, 2 Chronicles 33:6, 1 Corinthians 3:17

6. Enmities (from the Greek word echthra (2189), hatred, hostile) — Romans 8:7, Romans 1:30, 2 Timothy 3:4, Job 21:14-15, Psalm 81:15, Isaiah 1:4, Isaiah 30:11-15, Matthew 22:37-40, 1 John 3:15-17, 1 John 4:20,

7. Strife (from the Greek word eris (2054), quarrelsome, causing conflict) — 2 Timothy 2:24, Proverbs 20:3, Proverbs 6:12-19, Proverbs 10:12, Proverbs 15:18, Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 26:17-28, James 4:11

8. Jealousy (resentfully suspicious, resentfully envious) — 1 Corinthians 3:3, 2 Corinthians 12:20, James 3:14-16

9. Outbursts of Anger (from the Greek word thumos (2372), temper, rage) — Proverbs 12:16, Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 15:1, Proverbs 19:19, Proverbs 22:24, Ephesians 4:26, Ephesians 4:31, Colossians 3:8, James 1:19-20

10. Disputes (from the Greek word eritheia (2052), rivalry, ambition) — Ecclesiastes 4:4, 1 Timothy 6:3-5, Titus 3:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:7, 2 Peter 2:12

11. Dissensions (from the Greek word dichostasia (1370) to stand apart, disagree, violent quarreling) — Romans 16:17, Acts 15:1-31, 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15, Titus 1:10-11, Galatians 1:7-9, Colossians 2:8, 2 Peter 2:1-2, 1 John 2:19-24, 2 John 1:7-10, Jude 1:19

12. Factions (from the Greek word hairesis (139), to choose sides, to choose an opposing opinion) — Titus 3:10-11, Proverbs 28:10, Matthew 7:15, 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 1 Corinthians 11:18-19, Ephesians 4:14, 2 Timothy 3:5, Hebrews 13:9, 2 John 1:10-11

13. Envying (to envy, resent, dislike) — Don’t envy the righteous (Genesis 4:4-12, 1 John 3:12, Numbers 12:1-16, Numbers 16:1-40, Psalm 106:16-18, 1 Samuel 18:8-9, Mark 15:10, Matthew 20:1-16, ), nor the wicked (Psalm 37:1-5, Psalm 73:1-28, Proverbs 3:31-34, Proverbs 23:17-19, Proverbs 24:1, Proverbs 24:19-20).

14. Drunkenness (habitually intoxicated) — 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 5:18, Proverbs 20:1, Proverbs 23:20-21, Proverbs 23:29-35, Isaiah 5:11, Isaiah 5:22, Isaiah 56:12, Hosea 4:11, 1 Corinthians 5:11, Luke 12:45-47, Luke 21:34 — The LORD commanded that neither His priests, pastors, deacons, kings nor rulers should drink when in service, nor be drunkards (Leviticus 10:9-10, Numbers 6:1-4, Proverbs 10:16-17, Proverbs 31:4-5, Isaiah 28:7-13, Ezekiel 44:21, 1 Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7, Titus 2:3).

15. Carousing (from the Greek word komos (2970), participate in drinking parties) — Exodus 32:1-35, 1 Samuel 25:36, 2 Samuel 13:28, Isaiah 22:12-14, 1 Corinthians 10:7, 1 Corinthians 11:20-22, 2 Peter 2:13

So how can you avoid participating in evil deeds? By walking uprightly in your heart before GOD (Proverbs 15:1-5, Proverbs 2:7, Proverbs 10:9, Proverbs 28:18, Deuteronomy 12:28, Ezekiel 18:5, James 1:22-25, 1 John 2:3-6, 1 John 2:29, 1 John 3:7-10, 1 John 5:2-5, Revelation 22:14), and separating yourself from evil doers (Psalm 1:1, Proverbs 14:7, Romans 16:17-18, 1 Corinthians 5:9-11, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 2 Timothy 3:5ways in which someone can hold to a form of godliness but deny its power (Isaiah 29:13, Ezekiel 33:30-31, Matthew 23:27-28, Titus 1:16), James 1:27, 2 John 1:10-11).

Why must you separate yourself from evil doers? There are at least three reasons:

1. You will become an evil doer yourself, by hanging out with them (Proverbs 16:29, 1 Corinthians 15:33)

2. You will begin to share in the cup of demons instead of The LORD (1 Corinthians 10:20-21)

3. You will be caught up and punished along with them (Numbers 16:26, Deuteronomy 7:26, Joshua 6:18, Joshua 7:11-12, 1 Timothy 5:22, Revelation 18:4-5)

6 thoughts on “Expose Evil Deeds

  1. Its amazing when you look up a word and you think you know what it means only to find out you were way off base……….sometimes………most of the time 🙂 I should of studied hard when I was in English class. I didn’t and now regret it. It was the class I dispised most! Who would of thought! To bad they don’t ‘teach’ you in class that you need this desperatly to be able to understand some of the wording in the Bible…….you know, the Book you aren’t allowed to talk about. Only the most important Book you will ever read or need and they totally blow it off. And it surely would of made for and interesting history class to do some memory work there. Everything we learned in school is in the Bible……..its just school forgets to mention where it all came from. Minor details ya know!! I am so thankful our grandchildren are going to a good Christian school…….

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  2. A good study and reminder for all of us. My mom used to tell me when I was young, that even if I didn’t drink, smoke, do drugs, drive too fast, but I was with kids that did I was quilty by association. Today I see the “association” as a negative that cancells out my witnessing. I hope you can understand what I am trying to say.

    Anyway…..thanks again for a timely article Mike. Pray y’all had a good evening with wife and families.

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  3. Hi Mike

    I’m being do blessed by your blog. In that I mean rediscovering the joy of certainty which iIwas starting to lose because of the general slant of the church these days towards trying to ‘accept’ all and not being seen as dogmatic. The Bible is dogmatic. I can’t help but take it ats it’s word. I get confused by being told there is no absolute truth anymore even for Christians. Good work you’re doing here.. Really helping me to feel that security in my faith which I was losing.

    I have a question for you: I have a heart for the poor and a desire to reach them with the gospel. To do that means ‘hanging’ out with them as Jesus did….. I haven’t picked up any of their ways though as God protects me and I only spend time with them because of Christs love for them. In your article you say it will rub off on me spending time with those who live in darkness. I think it is possible to ‘hang’ out with folk like that as long as you speak the truth and are not afraid to stand up for Jesus. What do you think on this?

    In Him

    Julie

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  4. Julie,

    Just knowing them and ministering to them is not the same thing as doing to to the level that you are identified with them. You must not participate in their sins. That is the key. What you are doing is very good, just bathe it in prayer and always with the goal of working with God in drawing them out of theirs sins by His grace.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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