Let’s Talk About Sex
Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
Last weekend we began a series called “Phases” in which we are reflecting on relationships. This weekend we continued the series and focused on an ever-present subject in our culture: sex.
Interestingly, while we may not want to talk about the subject, the Bible doesn’t hesitate to address sex. It isn’t a taboo subject; it doesn’t make God blush. After all, He’s the one who created it! In Genesis 2 we see the first account of Adam meeting Eve and, I’m paraphrasing here, he was impressed. Soon after, they “became one flesh” (a Biblical expression for sex). The point here is, sex as God intended it to be is beautiful. Unfortunately, the world has taken this idea and ran with it.
In the sermon, Cal addressed three expressions of sexuality that are dangerous as well as contrary to Biblical teaching – contrary to God’s desire for us. None of these are “better” or “worse” than the others, neither are they mutually exclusive.
- Pornography. This is counterfeit intimacy that not only feeds off but creates more lust. This one is becoming such an issue for relationships that even Men’s Health (a non-Christian magazine) published an article highlighting the dangers of porn such as: addiction, creating unrealistic expectations, amplifies emotional problems, and it hurts your spouse.
- Fornication. The word may be archaic, but its definition is not: sex outside of marriage. God has a lot to say about this one but His message is essentially the same – it’s a sin, and one that comes with many of its own consequences. We’ll cover this one more thoroughly next week.
- Homosexuality. So this needs to be clarified right away: same-sex attraction is NOT a sin. Sin occurs when we respond negatively to temptation. The Church has done a pretty terrible job about not only shaming same-sex attracted people, but openly judging them as well. If this is you, I’m very sorry! Regardless, this is a very hot topic today. Many people are turning to scriptures to answer the question, what does the Bible actually say about homosexuality? The answer is, the same thing it’s always said. We were not designed for that, and the Church has had this stance for two thousand years.
In our decisions regarding sex, we should never seek to ease our conscience where God is seeking to trouble it. Is something weighing on your conscience? What if God wants you to lean in to that? After the message, the campus pastors invited anyone who was struggling or needed to talk, they are happy to do so. If this is you, please give your campus pastor a call!
Verses from the sermon:
Genesis 1:28, 31, 2:20-25; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5; Matthew 5:28-30; 1 Peter 2:11; Proverbs 5:15-21, 6:27-29; Romans 1:26-27, 12:2
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