(From the back cover):
Mike VanOuse is a factoryjack from Indiana who has taught the Bible in various venues since 1993. Before he became dull after 30 years in a factory, he was raised a hoodlum, became an Infantryman, Paratrooper, machine-gunner, Drill Sergeant, Construction Worker, Artist, Drunk and Scrapper. He is intimately familiar with masculine dynamics.
Lust of the Flesh... is a Bible-based repair manual for the soul that has been damaged by what the King James Version calls concupiscence: "A desire of the lower appetite, contrary to reason." Lust exposes the invisible machinations involved behind the scenes from a biblical perspective to help curb that appetite, and provides the resources to gain mastery over it; with over 350 scripture references (the texts of which are provided in the back with clickable links for the e-book reader). 170 pages.
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Entertainment in Western culture is saturated with sexual stimulation and the men have been conditioned to think with their pubes rather than their brain. Many, if not most, prefer it that way. They probably won't have any interest in reading this book. Others, whether it's to be loyal and faithful to their mate or God, would like to know how to rein-in their carnal appetite. This book is an experience-driven tutorial on how to tame the zippered-beast, rather than letting it humble you, from a biblical perspective.
21 For the ways of man are
before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
22 His own iniquities shall
take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his
The Apostle Paul illustrated
the battle that goes on between the will and the flesh in Romans 7.
In verse 18 he says, "For I know that in me (that is, in my
flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but
how to perform that which is good I find not."
He wants to be good, but
continues to sin and can't figure out how to stop. Sound familiar?
He closes the chapter thusly:
23 But I see another law in
my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into
captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I
am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through
Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law
of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Notice how in verse 18 he uses
the phrase, "my flesh," but in verse 24 he employs the phrase,
"the body of this death." The two phrases are not synonymous.
Paul was painting a word-picture in verse 24 that would have been
obvious to his Roman audience, but not to the modern reader.
In Virgil's epic poem,
'Aeneid,' a character named,"Mezentius" was an Etruscan
king, rejected by his people for tyranny. To emphasize his cruelty,
The living and the dead at
Were coupled, face to face,
and hand to hand,
Till, chok'd with stench,
in loath'd embraces tied,
The ling'ring wretches
pin'd away and died.
Virgil was commissioned by
Caesar Augustus to write poetry that glorified Rome and warfare. This
passage was common knowledge in Rome.
Rome took pride in tormenting
its enemies and their military commanders sported a spirit of
competition to see who could inflict the most pain. Many took to the
example of Mezentius by rounding-up prisoners after a battle, lashing
corpses to them -- hand to hand, face to face -- and leaving them
helpless to slowly liquefy and putrefy in pus and rot, flies and
According to numerous
commentators, this is the imagery Paul was invoking in the minds of
his readers in verse 24 of the helpless state of those who have been
taken captive through sin.
Coming to awareness of the
graphic depiction Paul was actually making in that passage helps to
underscore the gravity of the fallen condition.
When he asks in verse 24, "Who
shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (for the person
who finds themselves in that circumstance is powerless to deliver
themselves) He answers in verse 25, "I thank God through Jesus
Christ our Lord."
The wages of sin is death,
which attaches itself to us seemingly inextricably. The sickness and
pain we endure as a result is the spreading of the corruption. But
Christ arrives on the battlefield and offers to sever the cords and
break the chains that bind us to destruction.
Those who reject the gospel of
Christ are oblivious to the gravity of their situation and the
hopelessness of thinking they can wrestle free by hoping their good
deeds will outweigh their bad deeds on judgment day. They choose to
remain on the battlefield, slowly dying.
Evil is not a thing. Evil is a
person. Evil is lashed to the sinner, hand to hand, face to face.
Evil is a dirty, stinky, rotting hobo from under the bridge. Yet even
many believers fail to cut ties with him.
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