Most people believe that Christians are against sex. That we think it’s gross. But that's not true. Real believers love sex. Cause God created it. It’s the first commandment he gave to Adam and Eve. Be fruitful and multiply. Have sex and children. Song of Songs (Song of Solomon) and Proverbs, repeatedly tell believers to enjoy their spouses sexually. Everything that God created is good. So, therefore sex is good. However, as the creator of sex, he had boundaries for which it should be enjoyed. Outside of those boundaries, even a good thing can become bad.
Think of fire.
Fire is great, without it, we couldn’t cook.
But not contained, it can kill you.
Since the introduction of sin into the world, it didn’t take humankind long to begin to struggle with sexual sin. Both the strongest (Samson) and wisest (Solomon) man in the Bible struggled with it. Even the man after God’s heart (David) struggled with it. Rampant sexual sin isn’t new. It is the only sin that the Bible describes as being a sin against your own flesh. While it’s not rated on a higher sin scale to God, it certainly is different than other sins. It is the sin that sears our sown souls, that carries the weight of disease, of immense heartache… not just for others, but for ourselves. The scary part is that what we have done in today’s society is take this sin, and mass produce it in advertisements (look at how many ads use sex to sell their products), films, tv shows, music, books, everything. We have cheapened the beauty of sex and made it nearly for free through pornography and websites for easy hookups and sex.
Many Christians are straying away from these truths in the Bible for fear that people will think we are judgmental, for fear of being canceled. Many of us are walking away from the truths of God’s word by taking part in walking away from God’s boundaries for sex in the name of “freedom”. We are becoming just like Eve who bought into the serpent’s lie in the garden, “Did God really say?” He convinced Eve that God was keeping something from them, keeping something good from them. He was keeping something from them, something that would destroy them.
The Corinthian church also resided in a society that had normalized sexual sin. Prostitution was completely rampant and Paul had to address the church because the church had begun to take part in these practices. They were trying to intermesh Christian worship with worship at these temples where they would sleep with prostitutes to worship pagan gods. In today’s church we have preachers, worship leaders, deacons, and lay people afraid to speak up about sexual immorality, addicted to pornography, and engaging in affairs themselves.
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead. Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.”[a] But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
How can we not treat sex like it’s some cheap commodity?
1. With your own body, do not step outside of what God defines as the parameters for sexual enjoyment.
2. Don’t call what God says is wrong, “ok” or “good”.
3. Be aware of what ingest through the media. The more sexual content you watch is the more you will struggle with sexual sin.