What is the Definition of Immorality?

Immorality Harms

Our culture hazes the truth and devalues absolutes. Many people believe that, if an act doesn’t harm others, then it cannot be immoral. Christian leaders Tim Keller, Collin Hansen, and Al Mohler sit down to define immorality from a biblical perspective and to correct the false view that immorality does not harm.

Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and bestselling author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God. Collin Hansen is an author and serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

 Some describe immorality as only that which harms someone else. Tim, Collin, and Al point out that immorality hurts the immoral person, community, and society. 

What do you think of Tim and Al’s definition of immorality? Do you think every immoral act harms someone? If so, how?
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Al pointed out that every immoral action has consequences and will cause eventual harm on society. What immoral actions can you think of that cause harm? Do these actions hurt people, family members, the environment, or society? How?
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Tim said we will run out of a foundation for morality as long as we base it in ourselves. Instead, we should base our morality in God. What do you think of this statement? In what ways do you see the danger in grounding morality in ourselves?
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Have you ever thought of your sinful actions as potentially causing harm to the people around you? Why or why not?
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How has this discussion shaped the way you view immorality? What could you do this week to further your understanding of morality and immorality?
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Our culture lies when it says morality is relative. God grounds all morality through His Word and Holy Spirit. Seek out ways to deepen your view of morality this week. Read through Scripture—especially Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament. Look for some reliable books to read on the topic as well. But above all, strive to obey and honor God in all you do.  

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