Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Permission To Play In The Bedroom

The rise in illicit sexual behavior among those who claim to believe the Bible and love Jesus should shock me, but sadly it doesn't. Professing Christians increasingly read Scripture out of context and depend on "personal words" from "the Holy Spirit" apart from the Bible (which the real Holy Spirit inspired) to give them guidance.  Some sincerely believe that "God told" them that their sexual union constituted  marriage "in His eyes."

Additionally, Seeker-Sensitive churches, attempting to make  church more marketable attractive to the "unchurched," emphasize God's desire to offer personal fulfillment. Hypnotic "praise  songs" sometimes depict Jesus as a Divine Lover, using words and music that encourage romantic arousal. Meanwhile, fluffy motivational speaking,  augmented by dramas, visual aids, stand-up comedy and videos replace verse-by-verse expositional preaching that would challenge believers to holy conduct. By catering to feelings rather than presenting Biblical truth, Seeker-sensitive churches send the message that God values our happiness over and above our obedience to Him.

Bolstered by the elevation of experience over doctrine, young evangelicals see  little reason to postpone sex until marriage--especially if no proposal seems imminent. Or, if they are engaged, they use their betrothal as permission to act on their impulses. In any case, they concoct ways to believe that God allows or even sanctions their sexual misconduct because of His apparent promise to give them "the desires of their hearts."

Sex outside the boundaries of heterosexual marriage carries implications that other sins don't.

 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. ~~1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (ESV)

Yet this category of sin merely exposes the much deeper sin of rejecting the Lord's authority and failing to apply His power to resist sin. It demonstrates that people, despite their claims to love Jesus, still seek selfish pleasure rather than His honor. Thankfully, His blood can cover even that type of sin, and His Holy Spirit can empower us to repent and walk in obedience. Sound doctrine leads us to apply His gracious power. 

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