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
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.