Summary: God has given us his word about "safe sex."

I Corinthians 7:1-7

What does God say about “Safe Sex?”

There has been a campaign for our young people as well as for elderly people to practice safe sex. Some of this came about almost a decade ago when a famous basketball player named Ervin “Magic” Johnson had announced his retirement from the NBA because he was tested positive for the AIDS HIV virus. It was reported that Magic Johnson was stricken with the AIDS/HIV virus through heterosexual intercourse with various women.

Also there was another famous person who was affected by the AIDS HIV virus and his name was “Easy-E”, who was a famous rapper, and was one of the founding members of the rap group called the N.W.A. Tragically, “Easy-E” died from AIDS, and it was reported that “Easy-E” also was stricken with the AIDS/HIV virus through heterosexual intercourse with various women.

For many years, AIDS was known as a disease that only those who participated in homosexual activity, that is, men having sex with other men, or women having sex with other women. But when Magic Johnson announced that he had been diagnosed with the AID/HIV virus, it came to a shock to many people, and it made many people realize that not only homosexuals can get the disease, but those who are heterosexuals, or those who considered “straight” can get the AIDS/HIV virus as well.

And because Magic Johnson, who is a famous superstar who announced to the public that he has been tested positive for the AIDS/HIV virus, and because he is a role model to many people around the world, Magic Johnson has been chosen by many AIDS Research companies to an ambassador to warn people about the AIDS/HIV virus, and to practice safe sex. Many people predicted that because of Magic Johnson superstar status that he would be able to reach and teach many people, young and old, about the AIDS/HIV disease, and teach people about the importance of practicing safe sex. But yet as we look at the statistics today, yes, we have many people today who are practicing safe sex, but yet the percentage of people with AIDS/HIV virus is at an all time high, especially in the black community. So the question is being asked, “What does God say about Safe Sex?”

We have heard so many so-called experts who have spoken on the subject of safe sex. The experts say that if one is to engage in any sexual activity, one should practice safe sex. They say that the male should wear a condom so he can protect the woman and himself from any sexual transmitted disease or unwanted pregnancies. But research has proven that wearing the condom is only 99% proof, which means you can still get AIDS, or get a girl pregnant just by wearing a condom when engaging in sexual activity. So the question is still being asked: “What does God say about Safe Sex?”

Now God speaks to two groups of people when he speaks of safe sex: the unmarried or the single, and the married.

To the unmarried or single, God says this through the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 7:1, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman.” In other words, it is good for a single man or single woman not to involve one self in any sexual activity.

But in I Corinthians 7:2, it says, “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”

You see, God created sex for husband and wife in marriage, and sex is to be performed only between husband and wife in marriage. Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled, but God will judge the whoremongers and adulterers.”

God created sex for marriage, and for marriage only. And since God created and ordained sex to be performed only husband and wife in marriage, God forbids any sexual relations before or outside marriage.

When a person has sex before marriage, that person has committed fornication. “Now the question is, “What does God say about fornication?”

I Thessalonians 4:4 says, “For this is the will of God even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication.”

I Corinthians 6:18 says, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body, but he that committed fornication sinneth against his own body”, and the body is considered to the temple of the Holy Spirit. (I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19)

From those passages of scriptures, God is telling the singles and the unmarried to abstain from any type of sexual activity until they get married. And because of the increasing danger of getting the AIDS/HIV virus, it is very wise as a single person to abstain from any sexual activity (period) whether you are going to get married or not.

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