July 22: Sanctity of Sex

Read 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Pop, bang, boom, bow.
25 years ago a musical group from Kentucky Christian University named Audio Adrenaline (winner of two Grammy Awards) released an inspirational CD titled “DON’T CENSOR ME”. “DON’T CENSOR ME” is the title song and the subject is immoral living.
“Pop bang boom pow
kill somebody and you take a bow
Naughty (words), naughty (words)
mouth full of potty (words).
You stretch and you flex
and you swim in your S.E.X.
I try to talk about G.O.D.
why you wanna censor me?”

Audio Adrenaline sang Don’t Censor Me basically because sometimes we do not want to hear God’s plan for sex…one that includes patience and other fruits of the Spirit. It is a timely and extremely relevant message for us all. The scriptures verify that.

“Flee from sexual immorality.” (v.18)
RUN – physically and emotionally. RUN! Turn around and run the other way. Run from lust, temptation, or other ungodly influences that can mislead your heart.

“He who sins sexually, sins against his own body.” (v.18)
The results of sex outside of marriage can be far-reaching. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) are classified as an Ohio epidemic in 2018 by The Ohio Department of Health. Viral STI’s are incurable. Also, Focus On The Family reports that over 53 million abortions have taken place in the USA since 1973.

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure… Hebrews
Cohabitation is the state of living together and having a sexual relationship without marriage. In PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, “Does Cohabitation Lead to More Divorces?”, Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D writes: “many studies have found that premarital cohabitation is associated with increased risk of divorce, a lower quality of marriage, poorer marital communication, and higher levels of domestic violence. But there are also studies (although less in number) that refute the negative correlation between premarital cohabitation and divorces.”
So what is it that strengthens a marriage? Is it the immediate gratification of living together? Does the patience of waiting demonstrate the patience needed for a healthy marriage? Is there a risk of an unplanned pregnancy? Is there a risk of just “drifting” into marriage? Is it about finances and saving money for rent, or for orchestrating the “storybook wedding?” Is that a good foundation upon which to build a relationship?

Tom Weckesser

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