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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fornication is a sin against the body



    1Corinthians 6:18 informs us that every sin a man commits is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own soul.  To me, this seems to place an emphasis on the heinousness of sexual sins.  In what way, I am not sure, but the emphasis is there. I'm thinking it has something to do with the fact that it is through sexual intimacy that a new life is brought into this world, and that new life has a spirit that will live eternally in one of two places.  That's a rather intimidating thought! 

            Exodus 20:11 tells us that God created everything in six days, then rested from His creating work. That is, God has not created anything "new" after His initial creative work.  However, when a man and a woman "come together," they create a new human being that possesses a new eternal spirit.  Therefore, somewhere in the act of intimacy between a man and a woman, God created the ability for the couple to "create" an eternal spirit that is in His image!  What a beautiful blessing! And, what a humbling, knee-weakening responsibility. 

            God has set-up certain guide-lines for creating this new eternal spirit in a baby. For example, one man for one woman, for life.  We may not understand the strictness of God's marriage commands, but be assured there is a reason for them, and the reasons probably have something to do with the fact that a new eternal spirit is created in God's image by the union.

            With this in mind, it is no wonder that Satan has tried from the earliest times to corrupt, profane, and blur God's laws about sexual purity.  It seems that every ounce of our society is contaminated with sexual exploitation.  Recently, I heard on the news that laws are being considered for two year marriage contracts, rather than  life-long commitments. After two years, the couple has the option of going their separate ways (no divorce is needed), or re-committing to each other for another two years. Children created in the brief marriage would begin their pilgrimage toward eternity without any valid foundation.  A mind-set of uncertainty would embrace their mental image of everything - - including the promises of God! Uncertainty in the promises of God demonstrates a lack of faith, without which it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

            Steve Higginbotham posted an excellent article recently on his blog entitled, "The Sexualization of Halloween."  He cited an example of parents dressing up their son as a pimp, and their daughter as a prostitute. The parents thought the "make belief" outfits were "cute," but coupled with a hundred other "cute" things, what message is being passed on to our children?

            Satan has been very patient over the centuries. He saw that Sodom-Gomorrah didn't work; it was to "fast."  So, slowly, one page at a time, he is conditioning our "Christian Nation" to bring sex "out of the closet." Marriage bonds of 25+ years are being broken because of our acquired insatiable appetite for sex due to, in my opinion, over exposure. Add to this our acceptance of  "alternative life styles,"  same-sex marriages (with adoption privileges), two-year marriage contracts, and the sexualization of our children, and we have to wonder, "Where do we go from here?"

            Someone much wiser than anyone who has ever typed on a computer wrote, "Ask for the old paths wherein is the good way, and walk in it; then you shall find rest for your souls" (Jeremiah 6:16).     


--Toby Miller

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