Few things seem more ridiculous to our culture than to speak of sexuality as holy or unholy. We are told sex just is. It is a natural need of humanity that must be met as much as any other physical need. There is no need for rules, just do what you feel like doing, when you feel like doing it. Unless of course it is public, then you can get a ticket. Record it privately however and then show it online and it’s no big deal. No harm, no foul right?!
God wants us to so rest in His greater love for us that we can love in ways that are holy again.
The truth is that few things have caused more pain and harm to individuals than this kind of thinking. The once radical fringe has become mainstream. In their wake we find failed marriages, rampant depression, disease, suicide, fear, loneliness and serious abuse. We see broken hearts, broken trust, broken bodies, broken families, inability to give, receive or even believe in love any longer. Perhaps the wisdom of the world isn’t so wise after all.
The meaning of this week’s passage is clear. God tells us to run from every kind of immorality. By that He means any kind of sexual-relational engagement that is outside His intended holy boundary of one woman, one man exclusive till death do us part committed marriage. Inside that boundary, sexual expression is holy, free and powerfully beautiful. Anything else is disappointingly destructive in the end no matter the initial promise.
1Cor. 6:18 Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.
I wonder how weird this sounds to you? It appears the American church, like the Corinthian church has allowed the world to influence our thinking too much. The redemption of Christ and the presence of His Spirit within us should make a difference. Does it for you?
Think for a moment. God claims ownership over those who trust Jesus for eternal life. The cross was the purchase price. God intimately unites with and indwells believers through His Spirit. He is one with them. Since sex was designed to create a deep bond between spouses, when used sinfully it still creates inappropriate bonds. Those unholy bonds offend one’s unity with Christ. They are spiritually and actually adulterous.
God cares deeply about our souls. That is why He so loved us as to redeem them. He protects and heals them with His own presence. When we overlook His presence and seek to meet a need in some other way it is a destructive sin to our own souls.
God wants people to embrace holiness and refuse sexual immorality. He wants them to so value His presence and draw grace from Him that they feel no need to entertain immorality of any kind. He wants us to so rest in His greater love for us that we can love in ways that are holy again. Join us this weekend as we consider the question “Why Holy Sex Matters?” Read 1Corinthians 6:12-20 as well as Proverbs 5-7 to prepare your heart & mind for our conversation.