By Peter Wesson
What I’m going to say is something that needs to be said. We need to be aware that recent developments may have shown some deficiencies in Christians in this nation. That is, that we may have been out of balance in something.
Many Christians are up in arms right now about the recent Supreme Court decision. It’s understandable. I’ve written about and spoken on it myself. It’s not a light thing. Many that work for court houses or as judges may be forced to violate their faith and conscience because of the mandated licensing of homosexual unions or lose their positions. In fact, some have already resigned. Lawsuits that have taken place and have been won out west against conservative religious people that own businesses that are often involved with weddings. Therefore, it is understandable that people are concerned what might happen when homosexual marriages have now been given a degree of high court approval.
That being said, let me talk to you Christians now. For the record, since I said, “you Christians”, make sure you are a Christian. Calling yourself one doesn’t make you one (Matt. 7.21). I have seen people on both sides of the current issues calling themselves Christians. Following the words of Christ is what makes you one (Matt. 7.21-27; Jn. 8.31-32; 14.15; 15.14; Acts 11.26). We don’t get decide those conditions. God does.
That being said, let’s stop and minute and remember something. Practicing homosexuality is not the only sexual sin that there is. Let me say that again: practicing homosexuality is not the only sexual sin that there is.
Yes, I do realize that the Bible points out homosexuality is taking things to another level as far as away from God’s will (Rom. 1.26-28). A sexual union between a man and woman actually has a proper place: in scriptural marriage (Gen. 1.28; I Cor. 7.1-4; Heb. 13.4). A sexual union between two people of the same gender never does and God speaks against it in very strong terms (Lev. 18.22). So, I’m not trying to diminish the seriousness of the action.
That being said, let’s not pretend like it’s the only deviation from God’s plan for sex. Yes, I just said that: God’s plan for sex. We don’t think of it in those terms often, do we? Yet, God has a plan for salvation, God has a plan for the church, for the family, and yes, even for sex. So, anyways, consider some things with me.
There are other sins in the realm of sexuality that have been going on in our society for quite some time. Let’s not act like these are okay, either. You will notice, that practicing homosexuals will point out to our sometimes hypocrisy on this. Maybe they don’t have a speck in their eye, maybe it is a beam. That still doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t remove the beam from our eye.
Fornication, which is a general term for sex between two unmarried people, is a sin that can condemn somebody for an eternity (Rev. 21.8). Nowhere in the Bible does it teach that sex is okay if two people just really love each other. That idea was cooked up by society, not God.
Things like active lust or coveting others sexually is also not okay. Jesus said, “I say to you whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt. 5.28). This is based on a general concept found throughout the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments, that of, “You shall not covet” (Ex. 20.17; Cf. Ps. 119.36; Mk. 7.21-23; Rom. 13.9). Yes, lusting is wrong.
Subsequently, things like pornography would fall into this area. The idea of “it can’t hurt to look” is a lie that is perpetrated by the world and the god of this world. In fact, this sin has become way more common than homosexuality has. According to stats from the CDC, homosexuals (male and female) account for less than four percent of the population. Compare that to the stats you’ll find on viewing pornography. They vary across age groups and according to gender, but they aren’t in the single digits. One report on pornography use has men in the United States at 64% and women at 20%. It’s sexual sin. Sin is acting contrary to God’s law (I Jn. 3.4). That means, yes, even lust can condemn you. Yes, you can go to Hell for pornography.
Let’s even take this a different direction. What about the sin of sexual deprivation? You ever heard of that one?
You see, when two people get married, they no longer belong to themselves but to each other (I Cor. 7.4). Ladies, calm down. No, I’m not saying your husband “owns” you. At least, that’s not all there is to it. What I’m saying is that you own each other! Yes, ladies and gentleman, when you are married, sex is a command. Read I Corinthians 7.1-5. In fact, Paul teaches that it is part of how we help our marriage partner avoid sexual temptation (Cf. I Cor. 7.2 & 9). Once again, avoiding God’s will is sin. Let’s not commit this one either. Yes, I just said that married people can condemn themselves by not having sex with each other. You only thought Christianity was prudish!
Let’s be consistent. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be concerned about what’s happening. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be alarmed. What I’m saying is that we should be concerned about more than just homosexuality.
When homosexuals say things like, “But the Bible also says that __________ is wrong, too”, if they are correct in what they say (such as referring to the right covenant), tell them so. Let’s not just pick out one thing and make the avoidance of it the sum total of our fight against wickedness. If we overlook other things but focus on homosexuality alone, then we too are not in obedience to God.
Copyright © 2015 By Peter Wesson. Seeking Christ’s Truth Copyright © 2015.
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