Ray Rooney, Jr.: On Sex, Culture, & Christianity
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 7:31 PM


The downfall of American culture and the decline of the Church are directly tied to sexual immorality.  Sexual immorality has created the welfare state, the abortion industry, the porn machine, the STD epidemic, the normalization and legitimization of sexual perversion, the attack on the nuclear family, and the erosion of the sanctity of marriage.  Nudity, profanity, and intense sexual situations are routinely portrayed on television, in movies, and on video and computer games.  Sex crimes in the military are at an all-time high.  Sexual infidelity is a leading cause of divorce.  Graphic sex education is beginning as early as kindergarten in some areas and schools.  The more our culture breaks down sexual barriers the more grief abounds in wrecked lives.  The hippies of the sixties and seventies who touted sexual freedom and revolution are now in charge of the government and universities and have led our nation to become a cesspool of selfishness and sexual self-gratification at any cost.  To the point that we’ve now got Boy Scouts marching in gay pride events.

And where has the voice of organized Christianity been?  Arguing with itself about whether or not there even is such a thing as sexual immorality!  Entire Christian denominations have split and splintered over the ordination of homosexual clergy.  The divorce rate in the Church is pretty much the same as it is in the culture and for the same reason: infidelity.  One recent study conducted by Christianity Today revealed that an incredible 40% of pastors are addicted to pornography.  And because sex has become a hot button issue in politics many Christians refuse to discuss anything about sex claiming it is politics and politics should not be discussed in church.  So when was the last time you heard either a Sunday School lesson or a sermon on the topic of sexual purity?

Is the Church unclear about what the Bible says regarding sexual purity or does it just not care?  There is no gray area on the topic of sex in the Bible.  First Thessalonians 4:3 probably says it most succinctly: “God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin” (NLT).  There is not a book in the New Testament that doesn’t address sexual purity either directly or indirectly.  To the Corinthians Paul cries out, “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” (1 Corinthians 6:18).    Peter writes, “Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence” (2 Peter 1:5) and warns that God “is especially hard on those who follow their own twisted sexual desire…” (2 Peter 2:10). 

American society is crumbling before our eyes and the Church is either too embarrassed to address the issue of sexual purity or deceived into believing that the only kind of sexual immorality is to say that another’s sexual desires are unholy and therefore wrong.  If the Church claims to care so much about the impoverished, downtrodden, and emasculated why isn’t it shouting to society the message of holiness through sexual purity?  I am not talking about a message of condemnation aimed at people engaging in unholy sexual behavior.  I am talking about proclaiming a message of deliverance from guilt, shame, disease, broken families, and shattered lives through sexual purity!  Why are we not getting it?

It is pretty obvious is it not?  The Church of modernity cares more about being accepted by the elites than it does in helping the sinner.  It cares more about “marriage equality” than it does about sexual purity.  It has chosen progressivism over Biblicism.  America can forget about a sweeping spiritual revival if it cannot count on the Church to extol holiness through sexual purity.  There was no condemnation from Jesus to the woman caught in the act of adultery.  But neither was there accommodation: “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11). 

If the Church refuses to forgive sinners as well as admonish them to practice holiness…how can it believe it is faithful to God?  Then, the cryptic question of Christ begs an answer: “when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:8).  You see, there is more to faith than believing in the deity of Christ.  Hebrews 12:14 says that no one can expect to see God who isn’t holy.  And what did Paul tie holiness to in 1 Thessalonians 4:3?

Ray Rooney, Jr.