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Sex and the Church: ‘Choose sexual purity’

While sex is very pleasurable to our flesh, the Scripture tells us that sin is pleasurable but only for a season

Sexual purity is not easy, but, by the grace of God, it is possible; the Word says ‘all things are possible to them who believe.’ (Mark 9:23)

The Great Commission is to preach the Gospel to every man throughout the world. However, I believe the number one reason the Church doesn’t fulfill the Great Commission is because we are ashamed. Of course, the scripture tells us that we should not be ashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16).

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Dr. Walter R. Tucker, III, is the pastor of Truth and Love Christian Church in Carson.

I believe the number one reason we are ashamed is because of sexual immorality. When a born again believer has given way to porneia (sexual immorality, harlotry, whoredom, fornication, idolatry, adultery) or akatharsia (bodily defilement, foul, ceremonially unfit, impure, unclean; actions that render one unfit to enter God’s presence), it negates their boldness and thereby negates their witness for Christ.

In these end times, it is imperative that we return to the holiness and boldness of the early Church. In addition to the baptism with the Holy Spirit, I believe it was their sexual purity that led to their spiritual boldness.

As I reflected on the issue of sexual immorality among believers throughout history, I made a cursory Bible review of its devastating consequences. For example, Abraham was a great man of God, but his choice to sleep with his handmaiden was not the will of God.

David was a great man of God, but his sexual sin caused his first son with Bathsheba to die and to have a curse to run through his family lineage (2 Samuel 12:9-14).

On the other hand, Joseph was a man who took sexual morality very seriously. Whereas David pursued Bathsheba, Joseph was pursued by Potiphar’s wife. He had more than enough incentive and opportunity to sleep with his boss’ wife. However, because of his commitment to God, he “fled” fornication as the Apostle Paul said we should (I Corinthians 6:18).

While Joseph was falsely accused of attempted rape by Potiphar’s wife, the truth of his sexual morality caused God to bless him, even in prison, and raise him up to be the head of Egypt. In short, God will reward sexual purity and obedience to His Word. The Bible says that the Old Testament has been written for our learning (Romans 15:4). So, these are just a few examples of the right and wrong way to handle our sexual desires, and the consequences thereof.

Licentiousness, sexual promiscuity, being sexually active outside Holy Matrimony, is still forbidden in the New Testament and still carries devastating consequences. Therefore, celibacy, abstaining from sex until marriage, is the way to obey and honor God and avoid the devastating consequences of sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:12, 19; Hebrews 13:4). The World scoffs at and mocks virgins in our society. However, God’s way is still the safest, best and most joyous.

Sex before marriage not only invites sexual diseases, unwanted and/or unexpected pregnancy, and emotional devastation, it also precludes true intimacy. In this Christian Ethics Class, we learned that true intimacy was first spiritual, then mental, emotional, and lastly physical/sexual. This Biblical truth is totally contrary to the World’s view, where people seek physical intimacy first, then they deal with emotions. Rarely do they truly connect mentally and spiritually, which is what makes for true intimacy.

There is not one show on prime-time television where a couple interested in each other doesn’t have sex before marriage.

There is a constant battle between God and Satan over our thinking. God wants us to trust that His Word and His way are best for us. Satan attacks God’s Word and asserts to us that what God has required is absurd, out of touch and unrealistic. Whatever we believe is what we will do.

While sex is very pleasurable to our flesh, the Scripture tells us that sin is pleasurable but only for a season (Hebrews 11:25). Rather, God encourages us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice and prove that God’s way is best (Romans 12:2). Sexual purity is not easy, but, by the grace of God, it is possible. The Word says all things are possible to them who believe (Mark 9:23).

Moreover, sexual purity is rewarding beyond imagination. God will reward our celibacy and holiness with greater grace, and peace in our lives. The same cannot be said for sexual immorality. It leads to many negative and devastating consequences that are generally life-long. The choice is clear.

Choose life and peace by choosing sexual purity.

More than ever, it’s time to educate others; to get the Word out to all those who have an ear to hear.

Dr. Walter R. Tucker, III, is the pastor of Truth and Love Christian Church, located at 1129 E. Dominguez St., Suite C, Carson, Calif. 90746. Worship: Sunday service, 10 a.m.; Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7:30 p.m.; Friday Night Prayer – 7 p.m. Contact the church at (310) 635-3550, visit the website or follow on Facebook.

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