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Christian Ethics: Lesson 006

Christian Ethics Free Course: LESSON SlX: SEXUALITY (PART 2)

In our last session we looked at some of the modern destructive ideas about sexuality. In this session we shall look at some specific issues and present the Biblical view of sexuality.

B. SEXUALITY – THE UNBIBLICAL PERVERSION

The Biblical understanding of deviance and perversion is this: behaviour which is contrary to the revealed will of God.

So it’s not a question of whether behaviour is inherited or learned, common or rare, socially accepted or not, but whether it is consistent with what God teaches as right for us and therefore good for us in His Holy Word!

We reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7-8). Read Hosea 4:1-3 for a fair description of what has happened in our land as a result of the destructive ideas that we looked at in our last session.

This has resulted in various perversions of sexuality:

(i) HOMOSEXUALITY – sex with someone of the same gender. Lev. 18:22.

Homosexual practice is a sign of a God-forsaken society.

Read Rom 1:21-27. Why did God give them over to these things? See v21, 23.

Heterosexuality (man and woman in a ‘one flesh‘ committed relationship for life), is part of God’s gift to humanity. The whole process of procreation and the command to ‘be fruitful and increase in number’ can only mean heterosexual relationships. See Mt. 19:4-5.

Thus it is quite wrong to say that homosexuality is something natural, like having red hair or being left handed.

However, we must be careful to make a distinction between homosexual orientation where sexual attraction and preference is directed towards the some sex, and homosexual intercourse which comes obviously into the area of responsible choice. We cannot and must not blame people for what they are, especially when they are victims of biological upset or emotional lag.

We must resist and indeed repent of a judgemental attitude that treats every homosexual person with revulsion as if they are automatically degenerate and perverted. So while we cannot blame people for what they are, we can blame them for what they do. We are simply not at liberty to affirm homosexual relationships as an equal alternative to heterosexual relationships, for the Bible is very clear that homosexual acts are unnatural and sinful. (See Gen. 19:4-8: Lev. 18:22; 20 v13; Judges 19:22-24; Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:10). So-called ‘Christian homosexuality’ is not a biblical option.

(ii) PORNOGRAPHY

Sin distorts, turns love into lust and brings guilt and shame. Although nakedness is not evil, it is inappropriate in a fallen world which requires modesty. Nakedness is only appropriate between two people for whom love has been restored whole in a committed relationship of marriage. This is why pornography is so wrong; it is against everything a biblical Christian would understand about God’s view on sex.

We need to develop a truly biblical view of sexuality and human relationships that will enable us to grow into maturity. We are not to be ashamed of our sexuality but we are to be in control of it.

(iii) MASTURBATION:

In spite of strong statements voiced by the church through the centuries, nowhere does Scripture condemn masturbation as such. Nor is there any suggestion that it makes one blind, senile or spotty! However, it is an inadequate use of the sexual gift – sex turned in on itself. If regular, it suggests a lack of self-control (one aspect of the Spirit’s fruit – Gal. 5:22-23), and may become a real bondage. If accompanied by lustful fantasies, (as it usually is) it is a cause of sin.

(iv) OTHER AREAS:

The perversions (and consequences!) of our God-given sexuality are so numerous that it is impossible to touch on them all within the limits of this study. However, some areas for private research are the following: FORNICATION – sex before marriage (1 Cor. 7:2.)

ADULTERY sex with someone other than your spouse (Ex.20:14) INCEST sex with a near relative (Lev. 18:6)

PROSTITUTION sex for hire (Prov. 23:26-28

BESTIALITY sex with an animal (Ex. 22:19)

CHILD ABUSE – sexual abuse of children; plus abortion (Ps. 106:37-40)

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES –

E.g. Syphilis; gonorrhoea; genital warts and herpes; non-specific urethritis; cervical cancer; AIDS (See Prov. 5:11; Rom. 1:27; Prov. 6:32-33)

C. SEXUALITY – THE BIBLICAL POSITION:

Unashamed sexuality existed before sin distorted and deceived. Adam and Eve were whole together, complementary, one flesh, naked and unashamed. And to all this God wants to restore us in Christ.

The Fall did not create eroticism, it perverted it.

So many Christians are afraid of their own sexuality believing the error that sex is in itself something dirty and sinful. But this is not so – certainly sexual sin IS sin and is rightly condemned, but no more so than many other sins. In fact the worst sins according to the Bible are ‘pride’ and especially ‘unbelief’ because that is the only unforgivable sin.

Sex is God’s idea, part of His good creation, given for pleasure as well as procreation; for partnership as well as parenthood; but only in the context of a loving, faithful and permanent commitment within heterosexual marriage.

If you are single, then Paul has positive advice in 1 Cor. 7:32-35 as to what to do with sexual energy – serve the Lord with all your strength! It is perfectly possible to live a sexually pure life while single without frustration or regret.

This needs to be promoted in our churches as a positive option. Let it be known that virginity is not an adolescent complaint. Chastity is honourable. Marriage is beautiful. Thus can we show the world the way back to true and fulfilled sexuality that is pleasing to God and a blessing to us.

QUESTIONS:

1. Ponder how you feel about homosexuality and how, as Christians, we should respond to homosexuals, particularly in the light of the AIDS crisis.

2. What personal and practical steps could we take as a church to combat pornography?

3. Read 1 Thess. 4:1-8. What principles does it teach for us to live holy lives?

4. How can we, as a church, be a positive help and encouragement to single people in the area of sexuality?

PERSONAL WORK:

1. If you are married, discuss with your partner the q
uality of your sexual life.

2. If you are single, examine your lifestyle to see if you are finding fulfilment in serving the Lord.

3. If you have problems or have sinned sexually, remember ALL sexual sin can be forgiven. Repentance and confession brings release from both actual and felt guilt.

Read Psalm. 51. It is David’s repentance after he had sinned sexually. God heard his prayer. Make it yours.

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  1. Rev Charles Carter

    JUST AS GOD FORGAVE DAVID HE WILL GORGIVE YOU, AND ERASE ALL GUILT, IF YOU WILL ONLY REPENT WITH A PURE HEART FERVENTLY.

  2. “So while we cannot blame people for what they are, we can blame them for what they do.” I love this.

  3. Dear sir greetings in the name of our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.I would like o join your free bible course.
    Thanking you
    Pastor Sunil T

  4. Read Rom 1:21-27. Why did God give them over to these things? See v21, 23.
    Heterosexuality (man and woman in a ‘one flesh ‘committed relationship for life), is part of God’s gift to humanity. The whole process of procreation and the command to ‘be fruitful and increase in number’ can only mean heterosexual relationships. See Mt. 19:4-5
    ‘be fruitful and increase in number’ can only mean heterosexual relationships. See Mt. 19:4-5.
    Answers:
    1. Ponder how you feel about homosexuality and how, as Christians, we should respond to homosexuals, particularly in the light of the AIDS crisis.
    I am opposed to such act as homosexuality .I do not hate the people as such, but hate the sin .This sin is against God order. Are we forgetting why we come to earth?
    As Christians and man, our duty is to be open about this, yes there are people out there which has turn the wrong road, or has been abused as children. It is sad to hear of thinks that has done by “Clergy”. We need to openly condemn such deeds because brothers and Sisters in Christ such act is demonic .Education trough out the world is needed .Stronger and more churches are needed so people have their education. I know that this what I say cannot be till the government in USA, Australia and Great Britain support such same sexes couples as same as in union.
    2. What personal and practical steps could we take as a church to combat pornography?
    Bible studies and produce an booklet to help young teens growing in to manhood or womanhood
    3. Read 1 Thess. 4:1-8. What principles does it teach for us to live holy lives?
    4. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (New International Version)
    5. 1 Thessalonians 4
    6. Living to Please God
    7. 1Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
    8. 3It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4that each of you should learn to control his own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. 7For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
    Scriptures here speak clearly and laud on their own. God Bless

    4. How can we, as a church, be a positive help and encouragement to single people in the area of sexuality?

    Promoting cleanliness is closer to Godliness with constant reminder .Organising church youth gatherings ,get them involved in to biblical discussion, short speeches and up build their character ,so young man and young woman gather in church premises .In controlled environment with no alcohol ,or drugs yet promoting Christianity and folklore of the nation. These gatherings are usually good effort to keep young ones of the street and at same time gives them an education and food with drinks.

  5. Rev. Alaina Damewood

    Even if take steps to prevent sexaul sins of the flesh it is not our place to decided if a persons sexaul is a mortal sin or not . That is placed on between them and the creator our lord in heaven. The only thing we can do as humans is give examples that bible states on issues and let people make their judements on thier sex life and practices.

  6. The sin of sexuality is hoedry.God abhors this.
    God is Lord.He has the power and we must worship Him.
    God is eternal love.His idea is more than ours.
    He is our scepper.

  7. The sin of sexuality is hoedry.God abhors this.
    God is eternal love.His idea is more than ours.
    He is our scepper.

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