We live in an era where pornography is the largest money-making industry on the Internet, pulling in billions of dollars per year, even during economic slumps.
You can’t watch prime-time TV without seeing two men in bed together. Thirteen year-old kids have been arrested for exchanging nude photos of themselves over their cell phones. Unhealthy messages about sex are portrayed just about everywhere.
The enemy has always attempted to pervert God’s gift with many forms of counterfeits. The evidence can be seen in our culture that is more sex-crazed than ever.
While the world is constantly flashing sexual cues to confuse our understanding of the proper use of sex, God’s will for sex is revealed in God’s word.
“For love is as strong as death, jealousy is as cruel as the grave;
its flames are flames of fire, the very flame of the LORD.”
– Song of Solomon 8:6 –
- Sex is a divine gift given by God to husbands and wives.
- Sex is one of the foundation stones for them to become one flesh for a lifetime.
- Sex is appropriate in the bond of marriage, but even so, there are boundaries.
- God intended everything about marriage to be permanent, protected and pure.
- God never meant for His children to conform to the culture.
- God gives very clear principles and instructions about human sexuality in the Bible.
Fornication is immoral sex. It comes from the Greek work porneia which means “unclean.” It’s where the word “pornography” comes from:
porneia = unclean
graphy = writing
Pornography can be expressed in words or pictures, therefore, erotica-style books are in the same category as magazines and/or films that show nudity, or “spy” on others in the act. Even some “romance” novels are very sensual and would fall into this category.
Adultery is the act of having sex with someone who is not your spouse. It was punishable by death according to Old Testament law, and Jesus expanded our understanding that any thoughts about sexual activity with a person who is not your spouse is the equivalent of adultery.
Homosexuality, is sex between man and man or between two women. Both versions are wrong.
The Greek work “molvno” means to become impure or to lose virginity.
Sex orgies would include acts that involve other couples, whether homosexual or heterosexual.
Prostitution involves the exchange of money or material goods in exchange for sex.
Lustful passions include any uncontrolled or haphazard sexual desire for men or women other than a spouse.
- Sodomy and Bestiality
Sodomy is having “unnatural sexual intercourse, especially of one man with another, or of a human being with an animal.” In the Bible, sodomites refers to male homosexuals or temple prostitutes of both male and female gender.
- Corrupt Speech
Any type of obscenity or “coarse” jokes. “Unwholesome” in Greek means “rotten” or “decaying.” It includes inappropriate sexual comments or innuendo.
Incest consists of any sexual activity with any family members or blood relatives.
Adapted from Linda Dillow & Lorriane Pintus in their book, Intimate Issues.