MANY HAVE DONE EVIL BY EXCITING IMPROPER FEELINGS
EPHESIANS 5:12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
BARNES' NOTES For ministers to portray them in the pulpit, and for the friends of "moral reform" to describe them before the world? The very "naming" of those abominations often produces improper associations in the mind; the description creates polluting images before the imagination; the exhibition of pictures, even for the purpose of condemning them, defiles the soul.
There are some vices which, from the corruptions of the human heart, cannot be safely described, and it is to be feared that, under the plea of faithfulness,
*many have done evil by exciting improper feelings, where they should have only alluded to the crime, and then spoken in thunder.
Paul did not "describe" these vices, he denounced them; he did not dwell upon them long enough for the imagination to find employment, and to corrupt the soul. He mentioned the vice - and then he mentioned the wrath of God; he alluded to the sin, and then he spoke of the exclusion from heaven;