Summary: Commandment #7 - There are lots of myths about how Christians view sex. But what does the Bible really say about it? *HANDOUT INCLUDED*
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‘‘You shall not commit adultery.”Exodus 20:14
Now, the word adultery specifically refers to a sexual relationship with someone other than your spouse ¨C unfaithfulness once you are married. But the principle is much broader. God is telling us that he has guidelines for the sexual relationship. We’ve got a lot of singles here, and these principles that God has apply to all of us, not just those who are married.
So during this sermon, I’m going to focus on the broader picture of God’s guidelines for the sexual relationship.
Why should I preach on this?
The #1 thing in a large survey of churches that people wished pastors would preach more about is sex. So here we go. Actually, I think this is a very appropriate thing to be addressed by pastors! Never has everyone else been so open in talking about sex.
Fathers may still feel uncomfortable talking to their children about sex, but it is discussed openly almost everywhere else.
The sexual revolution has affected our country dramatically.
Hear me. . . there is no such thing!
Judith E. Brandt has written a book called The 50-Mile Rule: Your Guide to Infidelity and Extramarital Etiquette. An interview with the Chicago Tribune included this interchange with Ms. Brandt:
Q: You say [in your book], don’t feel guilty. That doesn’t seem realistic.
Ms. Brandt: Guilt is basically something built into society to keep you in line. If you are going about your business in a discreet way and you are continuing to take care of your wife and, most importantly, your children, there is no reason to feel guilt.
This is utter baloney. Guilt is not from society, guilt is inner pain from God designed to keep you from further pain!
Source: Laura Schlessinger, The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God’s Laws in Everyday Life (New York: HarperCollins, 1998), 223-224.
Consequences of ‘‘free sex”:
Free sex is a myth. There is a price tag on it, and it’s not one that you and I will be glad we paid! Someone said, ‘‘If you sow the seeds of free sex, you better pray for a crop failure.”
That tells me and you that there is a direct relationship between ‘‘free sex” and all kinds of things we don’t want. You cannot encourage free sex without promoting things like rape, incest, and sexual abuse. It simply isn’t possible.
¡ñ Missing Heaven
¡ñ Emotional problems
¡ñ Unwanted pregnancy
¡ñ Emotionally disturbed children
¡ñ Bad reputation
¡ñ Sexually Transmitted Diseases
¡ñ Leaving one partner feeling used.
¡ñ increased chance of sexual addiction.
¡ñ bondage to sin.
When you play around sexually, you leave pieces of your soul with this person and with that person.