Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Funny how many people justify their behavior and try to accommodate Scripture according to their own thoughts. So, some people may think within himself or herself that is not lying when they say that is not true, or if you have no partner and sleeps with someone who likes not commit fornication. In Galatians 5:19-21, the apostle Paul gives a list of the works of the flesh which prevent us inherit the Kingdom of God. That list includes: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outburst of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like.
The works of the flesh are not limited to seventeen Paul calls them by name, and that similar things could include many more. Sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery and orgies fall into the category of sexual sins. What are things like these? Among others there are: masturbation, sadism, masochism, sexual fantasies, pornography, homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, sodomy, prostitution and incest. I do not think anyone would dare to label any such practices as the Spirit works. Therefore, they are all meat works.
What is idolatry? The word idolatry means worship of images. The word worship is: worship, reverence or worship a being or other object that is considered divine. The word reverence is: honor, to worship the sacred. In short worship and reverence is the same. Many images of saints and virgins are worshiped in many countries. Those who practice this, when confronted with the second commandment, justify themselves by saying that they do not worship but reverence. Actually both mean the same and its justification is a delusion.
Things like sorcery are: magic, spell, superstition, enchantment, witchcraft, horoscope, astrology, hypnotism, among others. Meanwhile, things like heresies are: apostasy, slander, blasphemy and irreverence. Other similar to the works of the flesh things are: verbal and physical attacks, intimidation, discord, resentment, disgust, anger, hostility, ill will, discord, animosity, discussion, divergence, confrontation, disputes, and quarrels.
Things like the murders are malice, cruelty, euthanasia, killing, bombings, terrorism, lynching, rape, threats, kidnapping, and suicide. Like things to drunkenness include drug addiction, alcoholism and smoking. All these works of the flesh were admonished by Paul to the Galatians and by extension all Christians.
Paul was very emphatic when he said that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. We eradicate it from our lives every work of the flesh and live only thinking and doing the works of the Spirit, which give us life. God bless you.