Sexual Sin; March 19, 2020

1 Thessalonians 4:7-8 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.

The section from verse three through eight should totally deal with virtually all of the sexual nonsense that is in society today, but we make all sorts of excuses, showing that we are indeed rejecting God. The whole issue of homosexual attraction fades away if the one so attracted abides by what Paul says here. The sin isn’t in the attraction, it’s in the fantasizing and acting out. And “hetero-normative” people have no wiggle room here either. Verse five sounds like it’s talking about Spring Break, that is going on at beach resorts in the southern US right now, ignoring all the recommendations about the pandemic. It’s actually no surprise that people who don’t know Christ would act that way, but it is downright tragic when Christians get pulled into it. The devil uses social pressure – everybody’s doing it – to convince even preacher’s kids, for example, into this sort of thing. Young people, and old, need to be taught these two verses so that they will seek and receive the help of the Holy Spirit in resisting the flood of sexual temptation that is so prevalent. The devil has done all he can to denigrate marriage and sexual purity, and the results of his successes in that effort are tragic indeed. Sex is an enormously powerful gift from God, not only for procreation but particularly for the bonding of husband and wife into one flesh. The devil hates that, because it is a figure of the relationship of Christ and the Church, (Ephesians 5:25-33) and does all he can against it. We cannot resist him successfully unless we are submitted to God, but if we are submitted, we can. (James 5:7)

This naturally applies to me, since I’m as human as anyone else. I am deeply grateful for God’s protection, and for His mercy and grace for the times I’ve slipped up in various ways. I have no high horse from which to look down on others, but I can certainly proclaim the blessings of sexuality that is submitted to God. Some people are in awe of the relationship that my wife and I have, but it wouldn’t be as it is if it didn’t extend to every area of our lives. We have learned the reality of Jesus’ statement that “They are no longer two, but one,” (Matthew 19:9) and that has only grown over the years since 1969.

Father, thank You for Your overwhelming grace toward me. Help me respond to Your grace as You intend, speaking the truth in love to those around me so that they too may walk in Your plan, rather than in the tragedy of the devil’s plans. May we cause Your name to be acknowledged as holy and Your kingdom come as Your will is done in and through us, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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