This Sunday, July 8, I will begin to address some issues related to sex in our Sunday gatherings. During the four week series I will include here on my blog information that relates to the Sunday message. Please forgive me if I might be a little too “bold” in what I have to say than what you are comfortable with. But my observation is that everyone seems to be talking about sex except the church. If God is the designer of sex and His instruction on it is of greatest importance, why don’t we discuss it? We would, instead, rather listen to what Satan, the deceiver, has to say about the subject. Therefore, the title for the series is “Satan’s Sex Ed.” Who are we really listening to when it comes to our sexual thoughts, feelings and practices?
Ed Young writes, “Far from being an isolated act with the significance of a sneeze, sex is one of the most intimate, life-altering, profound, and deeply spiritual experiences available to man. It is the most natural high our bodies can experience. Sex is a strong, strong force, and what we choose to do with it affects not only our own lives, but other lives as well. In fact, our collective view of sex can predict the fate of our very society.
Scholar D. Unwin wrote years ago in Sex and Culture, ‘In human records there is no instance of a society retaining its energy after a complete new generation has inherited a tradition which does not insist on prenuptial and postnuptial continence.’ In other words, societies that place no value on premarital chastity and marital fidelity simply do not thrive. Unwin studied hundreds of years of history and concluded that the health and longevity of nations directly corresponded to the value placed on sexual purity. Societies whose sexual mores were strong prevailed. Those whose sexual mores were weak no longer exist. Could this be what ancient Israel’s King Solomon meant when he spoke of the “total ruin” which awaited those who disregarded God’s commands in this area (Proverbs 5:14)?”
Imagine! Ancient history and modern surveys confirm what God has always said: that sex is a multifaceted gift of deep importance. However, the goal of our society seems to be more of that of safe sex than godly sex. Godly sex is no contradiction in terms. Godly, undefiled, undiluted sex is what God intended for us from the very beginning. If we make “safe sex” our highest aim, we will fall far short of the awesome sexual experience God has in mind for us as His children. He desires much more than that for you and me.
These messages will be delivered at New Venture Christian Church, 530 Courthouse Rd, Richmond, VA 23236 or can be accessed on line at www.relaxedchurch.com or through this link when they are up for podcast http://relaxedchurch.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=57, or the New Venture Christian church facebook page.