Wantonness, Lasciviousness and Selfishness
Mark 7:22 "Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness <aselgeia>, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:"
Aselgeia is a feminine noun from a compound formed by the negative particle "a" and a presumed Greek word selges which apparently means continent.
It it is translated lasciviousness six times and wantonness twice but also filthy once and is said to mean 1) unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence.
If we were to seek synonyms for aselgeia we could look at asotia ἀσωτία pronounced as-o-tee’-ah given the Strong's number 810. It is also from a Greek compound of the same negative particle and a presumed derivative of sozo meaning to save, keep safe and sound,.
The word asotia translated riot twice but also excess and defined an abandoned, dissolute life or profligacy meaning wildly extravagant, prodigality meaning carelessly and foolishly spending money, time, etc..
The fundamental idea of asotia ἀσωτία is "wastefulness and riotous excess" and aselgeia ἀσέλγεια "lawless insolence and wanton caprice" or asotia ἀσωτία meaning reckless and extravagant expenditure, chiefly for the gratification of one’s desires.
All seem to denote the opposite of love and charity to others. Their common meaning denotes a selfish and self-indulgent course of life but the fundamental thought is the acknowledging of lack of restraints or reckless squandering of resources in careless or foolish consumption and waste.
The Greek word sozo σώζω appears over a hundred times in the Bible in reference to being saved by our Lord. The words that mean the opposite would describe the work that are the very antithesis of salvation.
Ears to Hear
- "If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. 17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. 18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; 19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? 20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Here we see both lasciviousness and wantonness listed with adultery and fornication but also stealing and coveting with wickedness. Just being proud is listed with being foolish and evidently is also listed with blasphemy.
If we do not rush to label these attributes as sins but evidence of the spirit that dwelleth in our beings or leads our hearts as a people we may get greater insight into the truth or lie of our salvation. We clearly are not saved if these traits come forth in our actions and what we do in our life.
Understanding the meaning and association of lasciviousness and wantonness can bring an awakening. Their presence in the heart will bring results and evidence there is no room for Christ.
We find the product of the failed heart in the extravagant rich man who spends his wealth on himself rather than using it to strengthen his brothers or the poor man who is reckless and careless with his meager resources eventually becoming a burden on his neighbor.
Jesus was not a socialist but the Romans and Pharisees with their free Bread and circuses were Socialist. There has always been two types of welfare in the world. They always require sacrifice on the part of the people for the assumed benefit of some. One was based on charity and the other on force. One made the word of God to effect in the heart of the people and the other made it to none effect. They were called Corban.
We also see the word deceit mentioned. The word does not mean an outright lie but is defined as the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth. Both a lie and deceit are evidence of the presence of the same spirit or just the absence of the character or name of Christ. Those who are reckless or careless with the truth are not honest.
This is why we see the word honestly in describing what our walk must be in Romans 13:13
- "Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness <aselgeia>, not in strife and envying."
The warning in 2 Corinthians 12:21 by Paul is telling people that if they walk in these characteristics then we have not really repented and therefore have not been baptized in the name of Christ. We are actually deceivers of ourselves an others.
That is good news because we can now repent and be changed.
Before this in 2 Corinthians 12:20 Paul the Apostle lists the works that give us evidence that we are not saved and have need of repentance. Among them are actions that bring divisions like debates, envy, wrath, strife, backbiting, whisperings and something called swellings which seem much like pride.
In Galatians 5:19 we see the same word listed again with adultery and fornication and adding to that list many more characteristics in subsequent verses which give evidence that we are not really saved and still have much more need of repentance.
The list includes Idolatry and witchcraft with hatred and envy and murder with drunkenness and explains that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
The right to take
To demand that others provide for you is a wanton act of greed and covetousness. To desire and certainly to demand that Benefactors who exercise authority one over the other to provide those desired benefits at the expense of your neighbor and your neighbors children is an act of violence upon the righteousness of love and your neighbor.
This wanton desire to benefit at the expense of another is anti-Christ. By its nature it is a manifestation of the ways of Hell through the heart of demons who reside there. Those who indulge in the schemes to enrich themselves at the expense of others shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Paul the Apostle also gives a brief descriptive list of what to expect from those who are being born again and demonstrating true fruits of the Spirit such as love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, along with Meekness and temperance.
Pride will keep society from seeing that their heart has turned from God and False religion will delude the people to accept a lie. Again the word is used in Ephesians 4:19 "Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness <aselgeia>, to work all uncleanness with greediness." to testify that we should not act like other nations according to what we read in Ephesians 4:17.
The Right to Give
In the following verse 18 we see they do not understand not because they did not study but because of their hearts which are blind.
The word of God and the way of God has always depended upon freewill offerings. His society and His Church was a giving and forgiving institution. Charity was essential.
- 1 Corinthians 13:2 "And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing."
The way of Christ is charity and love. Greed is the opposite and takes you in the opposite direction. This is why we have need of repentance, turning around.
Peter uses this word several times:
- 1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness <aselgeia>, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
- 2 Peter 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy <aselgeia> conversation of the wicked:
But one of Peter's clearest and greatest warnings tells Christians that because of their wantonness and Covetous Practices  and straying from the real ways of Christ and instead Modern Christians "loved the wages of unrighteousness"they would bear no fruit, be easily drawn away into deception and eventually be condemned to darkness.
- 2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness <aselgeia>, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
Here Peter even describes how Christians would be self-deceived for they too will become blind like the other nations. By vain promises they would appeal to your vanity and sloth, offering you liberty from your responsibilities enticing a once free people with the benefits of Nimrod and of the World. The word lust here is epithumiawhich is also translated concupiscence and desire. It is from epithumeo which is more commonly translated desire or covet.
Christ saved us from the "World" telling us to live in it but not of it. But because of our wanton covetousness we were told that we would again be entangled in the yoke of bondage and the elements of the World.
We are even told that it will be worse than Babylon, Egypt and Caesar's Judea,
So we know many will think they are Christians but are not and will be cast away because they are workers of iniquity. This will be because the idea that welfare and Corban by force rather than charity is acceptable to God. It never has been.
This idea has crept into the Church and the minds of the people. A hundred years ago charity and welfare were the job of the Church and the community not a central government. Now Welfare by force and the free bread of Caesar is so common that people deny that we could supply it without force.
- Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness <aselgeia>, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
If we are to be Christian we must gather to attend to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors and the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to provide for the needy of society through the Covetous Practices and the men who call themselves benefactorsbut who exercise authority one over the other like the socialists do.
The Way of Christ was like neither the way of the world of Rome nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on those fathers of the earth through force, fear and fealty who deliver the people back in bondage again like they were in Egypt. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ and have become workers of iniquity.
The Christian conflict with Rome in the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for their free bread but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens as He commanded.
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- "Let all that are really convinced of the evil of their ways and doings, of their wantonness, worldliness, malice and bitterness, strife and envyings and animosities, and those things that the light of Christ in their own consciences condemn them for; let all that lire in such a state of conviction turn from that evil they are convinced of." The Great Design of Christianity, A Sermon preached in Wheelers-Street, London, Jan. 27, 1694. by William Penn
"But here is the sin, and misery, and ruin of many men and women, they flatter themselves into hell, with their false hopes of heaven: They hope to live eternally happy by the death of Christ, and yet they will not leave one sin for the love of Christ; so that sin and death reign over them. They that will not mortify sin, and die to sin here, must die for their sins hereafter." The Great Design of Christianity, A Sermon preached in Wheelers-Street, London, Jan. 27, 1694. by William Penn
- "The history of the birth of freedom... Are men to be ruled by God's law, or the whims of dictator..? Are men property of the state? Or are they free souls under God? This same battle continues throughout the world today. " The 1956 movie “The Ten Commandments.” -Cecil B. DeMille (Producer/Director).
What makes you property of the State is your covetous practices through forms of socialism and the sloth, Wantonness and self-righteousness it feeds in you. What sets you free os to be born again in The Way of Christ. That is to heed His word and repent, seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness by coming together as He commanded, in His name through charitable sacrifice in the love of one another to attend to the weightier matters.
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- sozo σώζω pronounced sode’-zo and numbered 4982 is a contraction for obsolete saos meaning "safe" translated save 93 times, make whole 9, heal 3, be whole 2, misc 3; defined 1) to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
- : Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.
- Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
- Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
- Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
- 2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
- Mark 12:40 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation. Luke 20:47 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.
- : 2 Corinthians 12:21 "And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness <aselgeia> which they have committed."
- 2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and [that] I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest [there be] debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
- Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness <aselgeia>,
- Galatians 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
- Ephesians 4:17 ¶ This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
- Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
- 2 Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
- 2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
- 2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
- 1939 ~ἐπιθυμία~ epithumia \@ep-ee-thoo-mee’-ah\@ from 1937 epithumeo to turn upon a thing... to lust after, covet; n f AV-lust 31, concupiscence 3, desire 3, lust after 1; 38
- 1) desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust
- 1937 ~ἐπιθυμέω~ epithumeo \@ep-ee-thoo-meh’-o\@ from 1909 and 2372; v AV-desire 8, covet 3, lust 3, lust after 1, fain 1; 16
- 1) to turn upon a thing
- 2) to have a desire for, long for, to desire
- 3) to lust after, covet
- 3a) of those who seek things forbidden
- 2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
- Galatians 5:1 ¶ Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
- 2 Peter 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
- Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
Luke 22:25-26 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
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