Monday, August 23, 2010
Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well.
Imagine how different our world would be today if we kept the seventh commandment, "You shall not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14). Imagine how many divorces would have been avoided if adultery was never committed. Imagine how many families would still be together. Imagine how many parents would still be at home to raise their children.
Remember, this commandment made God's Top Ten. There are a lot of things He could have identified as big issues to Him, but these are ten things that God wants us to know, things that matter to Him. And if we ignore these commands, it will be spiritually harmful and destructive in our lives.
So God spoke out on the subject of sexual purity and said, "You shall not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14). Committing adultery is having sex with someone besides your spouse. It is speaking of immorality in general, not merely unfaithfulness on the part of a marital partner. And God says it is sin.
I believe our secular culture has taken the topic of sex, poured their own meaning into what it is and what it isn't, and have redefined how we view it. And as a result, the church has lost control of the subject. So let's take it back again and, without embarrassment, acknowledge that sex is not sinful or evil in and of itself.
God created sex, and there needs to be no shame or embarrassment surrounding it, if it is done God's way. And what is God's way? In a marriage relationship. Within the safety and protection of a marriage, God can bless sex. Did you know that is possible? He can bless it. But it must be within the confines of marriage between a man and a woman—and no other variation of that.
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