We live in a culture that is saturated with sex. It is used in advertisements to try and seduce us to buy products. It is used in media to increase ratings and popularity. It is even used to generate controversy and thus get more exposure from news channels. The New Testament alone address the issue of “sexual immorality” at least seventeen times and “fornication” twelve times to give you an idea of its frequency in being discussed. Although this topic is not talked about as often or as openly as others among Christians, we need to address what God has said about the sexual relationship because it is important for our salvation.
The Danger of Culture
Our culture has been slowly pushing the message to us that sex is no big deal. 1 Corinthians 6:13 says “Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality [lit. fornication] but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” More than ever, Christians need to be aware that the bible is full of warnings of the danger of this kind of mindset. The Corinthians had to be reminded about the same dangers that we can fall into today. The body is not only for getting pleasure; it is to bring glory to God (Matthew 5:16).
The Doctrine from Scripture
I remember when I was growing up, not knowing the scriptures, through conversations with friends and what I learned through T.V. shows, I was under the impression that as long as you really loved the person you were with it was alright to have sex. That is not the message that God would have us to know. The Bible is very clear that the only authorized relationship for sex to take place is between a man and woman who are married. This may seem obvious to most of you, but as each generation starts up, we need to continue to teach the truth about this topic instead of allowing our culture to lead them astray.
1 Corinthians 7:2-3, “Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality [lit. fornication], let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.” Paul obviously was teaching here through inspiration that there is one sexual outlet for mankind, the marriage relationship between husband and wife. The Hebrews’ writer expressed this contrast: “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
The argument about instrument worship to God in our covenant is often formed that what God authorizes automatically excludes everything else. For example, because God specifically commanded singing in worship (Col 3:16; Eph 5:19), he does not command singing with instruments or choirs or anything else. In a similar way, look at sex in scripture: God has deemed sex to take place within the confines of marriage, and thus has labeled everything else as sinful (fornication or adultery).
My intention is not to shame or embarrass anyone. It is important that Christians speak up about issues that will affect the souls of countless people who may not be aware of what our Creator has deemed acceptable for His children. We must not be afraid to “speak the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) when it comes to these issue and ensure that we are walking in the light (1 John 1:7-9). May God continue to bless us as we do our best to follow His will.