Sunday, February 16, 2014

What's Wrong with Sex Before Marriage?

Any more, I get distress when I read the supposedly "conservative" news sites.  I came across a story on Christian Post that  reporting that young Christians increasingly do not believe that it is wrong to have sex before marriage or while dating.

Many young people today who identify themselves as Christians and attend church, see nothing wrong with having sex out of marriage.  Why is it wrong to have sex while trying to find the right partner?
Firstly, for those who claim the name of Christ, they are implicitly stating that the Bible is their source of guidance and direction for life.  If it is not, they have no reason to identify themselves as believers in the Jewish Messiah.  But the Bible teaches that we were created to be with one spouse.  In the New Testament, Jesus quotes from the Torah, saying, "And a man shall leave his father and mother and be united (*cleaved~ KJV) to his wife, and they shall be one flesh."

The aposlte Paul elucidates this teaching a little bit for the Corinthian church.  They also were having problems incorporating the new freedoms found in Christ, and this new love for all people made in the image of God, into daily life.

He reminds them of the Torah's teachings:  "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, no idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor theives, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Cor. 6:9-10

The Apostle Paul, formerly the Pharisitical Saul Saul (Acts 9) teaches the Corinthians that "the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body."    He continues by explaining to the Corinthians that those who are baptized into Christ are one with him, and when they join themselves to a prostitute, they are one body with her, thus uniting the holy body of Christ to a immoral prostitute.  It is desecrating or profaning the holy earthly body of Jesus Christ.  But those who are joined to the Lord are one spirit with Him.

Finally, his admonition is for the believers to flee sexual immorality.  Every (other type of) sin a man commits is outside his body, but he who sins immorally, sins against his own body.  In another place, Paul explains that the wages of sin is death.  Modern Americans and Christians have been blinded by the advancement of modern science (latin: knowledge) to think that all sickness is from coming into contact with carriers of certain or various viruses or bacteria.  While there may be some truth to this belief, the Bible teaches that sickness and death are primarily a spiritual condition (Deut. 7:12-15; 28:58-61; 1 Cor. 11:28;  James 5:16; 1 Thess. 5:23).

It makes me sick that an article like this even exists on a Christian news site.  Truly we are living in the last days.  Instead of taking surveys to find out what sort of immorality people think is acceptable, the "journalists" ought to rebuke and exhort the so-called young Christians, this is why the Word was given (2 Tim. 3:16-17)!  The Apostle of Love, John, the beloved of the Lord, wrote that "The one who says, 'I have come to know Him,' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him [or her]... the one who says he abides i Him ought himself to walk in the same way as He walked (i.e. lived)" (1 Jn. 2:4,6).
According to God's own word, those who are claiming to live in Him, but are living in sexual immorality, are liars, and the truth is not in them!  It's not that Christians are bigots, or haters... but that they love the LORD, and they obey His commands (2 John 6).

"Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds." (2 John 9-11).

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