Christian Ethics

Those practices that the Bible condemns as sinful must not be practiced by Christians, such as lying or deceit of any kind (Exodus 20:16; Matthew 5:37; Ephesians 4:25), coarse language (Exodus 20:7; Ephesians 5:4), pornography (Philippians 4:8; Ephesians 5:3-4; 1 John 3:3), theft or fraud (Exodus 20:15; Ephesians 4:28), physical and verbal aggression or sexual harassment (Exodus 20:13; Galatians  5:24; 1 Timothy 3:3; 2 Timothy 2:24), substance abuse including the abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), criminal activities (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15), covetousness (Exodus 20:17; Hebrews 13:5), divisiveness among God’s people (1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Ephesians 4:3; Philippians 2:3-4; 1 Timothy 5:19; Titus 1:6; 3:10), and the like.

Rather, the Bible affirms that Christians must demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit in their attitudes and actions (Galatians 5:22-23), walk worthy of their calling (Ephesians 4:1-2), dwell together in a loving, respectful unity (Philippians 3:2-4), maintain a vibrant and effective testimony for God in the world (Matthew 5:13-16), pursue holiness in all aspects of their lives (2 Corinthians 6:14, 17; 1 Peter 1:16), and, generally, to walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6).