11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.” (Ephesians 5:11–12 (ESV)
God commands believers in Christ to not participate in the unfruitful works of sin and wickedness. On the contrary, believers are to expose and confront those who carry out such behavior (Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1-2).
The apostle Paul continues by saying that it is shameful to even talk about the things which wicked people do. The word shameful (αἰσχρός; aischros) means to be dishonest and disgraceful. In other words, to participate in indecent behavior. The things done by the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 5:6) are to shameful to even talk about.
However, in our current culture the shameful acts of wickedness performed by unconverted sinners are displayed and portrayed on social media, movies, theater, magazines and in music. The 21st century culture celebrates wickedness in all its forms.
Nineteenth century theologian Charles Hodge writes, “There are two reasons why sins are called works of darkness. The first principle is because the spring from darkness or ignorance of God. The second is because they are committed in darkness. They shun the light. The exceeding turpitude of these sins the apostle gives as the reason why they should be reproved.”
Dr. John MacArthur adds, “Some sins are so despicable that they should be sealed off from direct contact and not even mentioned, much less discussed, except in order to contradict and oppose them. Merely talking about them can be morally and spiritually corruptive. Positive proclamation of the pure truth in the light of the word exposes all evil (cf. Prov. 6:23; 2 Tim. 3:16).”
Soli deo Gloria!