At War with the Destroyer #4 – Sexual Immorality #2:
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
Yesterday I shared with you a real life story of how my sister Jodi was negatively affected by having premarital sex. In her own words, she described her experience as confusing, awkward, hurtful, uncomfortable, tense, guilt, insecurity, worried, stressed out, panicking, upset and angry. If that’s what sex before marriage is like, then why are so many teenagers engaging in it? I believe it’s because they’re being deceived by the destroyer – the devil. Satan is using a tool called the media (movies, TV shows, and music) to preach his message, telling teens that sex before marriage is okay. The devil is a liar, and the father of lies, but he’s been so effective in deceiving an entire generation of young people.
Look at how Dr. James Dobson, psychologist and founder of Focus on the Family describes today’s generation, “Virginity is (seen as) a joke. Premarital sex is the norm…Homosexuality has become a “valid” lifestyle with protected minority status… (some of the) concepts commonly taught in public schools today: premarital sex is routinely promoted, with efforts made to reduce guilt, inhibitions, moral imperatives, and prior teachings. Abstinence (saving sex until marriage) is mocked or made to look hopelessly out of date…Concern over homosexuality and lesbianism is presented as a myth and fallacy. These perversions are typical held up as valid lifestyles.” (Children at Risk).
Today, I want to counter the LIES of the DESTROYER with the TRUTH from God‘s Word.
- God created sex to be enjoyed only between one husband and one wife within the context of a lifelong, faithful marriage relationship. (Genesis 2:18-25; Hebrews 13:4).
- Sexual immorality is wrong – it is a sin and it is forbidden by God. This includes sex before marriage. (Acts 15:20; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Jude 1:7).
- Homosexuality is wrong – it is a sin and it is forbidden by God. (Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:9-11).
In today’s world, Hollywood portrays both sexual immorality (sex before marriage) and homosexuality as good, common and normal. Don’t be deceived by the destroyer. Remember, the devil wants to steal, kill and destroy. The devil wants to keep you from knowing God, and obeying Christ. How does he do this? By making sin look fun, exciting and pleasurable. Remember, the wages of sin is death – sin will kill you. When I was a youth pastor, Liza and I hosted about a dozen teen abstinence seminars around the lower mainland in BC called True Love Waits. We challenged teens to make a pledge of abstinence until marriage, and during that time, saw about 1,000 students make this commitment. Some of you might be wondering – WHY WAIT? Why does God tell us to wait until marriage to have sex? As with all of God’s commandments, they are for our protection – for our own good. Let me give you a very practical example of this, by comparing sexual immorality and abstinence.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF HAVING SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE?
(This is how the DESTROYER – SATAN – STEALS, KILLS AND DESTROYS)
30 Sexually Transmitted Diseases – including AIDS, Unplanned Pregnancy (abortion, adoption), Unwanted Marriage – Divorce, Adverse Effects from Contraceptives, Loss of Reputation, Low Self-esteem, Lose Individuality, Less Character, Guilt, Depression, Broken Heart, Suicide, Isolation (withdraw from family & friends who disagree), Development of Poor Sexual Habits & Attitudes, “Comparisons” with Future Spouse, Abusive & Failed Relationships / Marriage, Compromises Faith (Disobeys the Lord Jesus).
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ABSTINENCE (WAITING UNTIL MARRIAGE)?
(This is how our SAVIOUR – JESUS – GIVES ABUNDANT LIFE)
Plan for Future, Freedom From Disease, Trust, Respect, Help Others, Develop Friendships without Sexual Overtones, Always Remember the First Time Sense of Wonder, Bring Something Special into Marriage, Learn Discipline and Self-control, Marry for the Right Reasons, Healthy/Happy Sex Life, Energy For Other Things, Freedom to See Children as they Really Are: Special, Greatest Chance for Successful / Happy Marriage (Lowest Divorce Rate), Obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.
When you consider the FACTS, you’d have to be pretty FOOLISH to choose to have sex before marriage – God’s way is always the best way. Don’t be deceived by the destroyer!
Pastor Chris Jordan