A lot of people answer this question with moralistic action and outlines. But what can be lost is the very definition of purity God describes within his Word. So let’s go through what it means to be biblically pure before we prescribe the lifestyle of purity. We do this in order to avoid legalism. Be careful that in your pursuit of loving God, you don’t exchange one bondage of immoral sin for a bondage of works righteousness.
There are three ideas in Scripture that describe a person that is pure .
First in Psalm 24 the author asks “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?” He then answers that question: “He who has clean hands and a pure heart”. It is here where we can begin to assume what clean hands and a pure heart looks like and we begin our list of what that means. But the text clearly gives us a picture of what that means. Let’s not apply from just this part of verse yet.
Look, he says a person who has a pure heart is one “who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.” To “lift up his soul” means to worship, exalt or to lift high. If we as Christians are worshiping what is false, our hearts are divided. Our loving allegiance is not toward God with all our heart soul, mind and strength. If our allegiances can be so divided and mixed, our worship results in impure idolatry. We are not purely and solely worshiping either the one True God or the false idolatrous god. To be biblically pure, first of all, means to have a heart that is not divided and that loves God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
We’ll cover the remaining two ideas in the subsequent weeks.