What Causes Great Empires to Fall?
…as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 1:7
No society can long endure that takes a loose view of sex. That’s a proven historical fact. Edward Gibbon, in his book The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, listed the causes of the fall of Rome in order of their importance. Number one on the list was sexual immorality. In fact, it led to the downfall of Greece, Egypt, and Babylon. It may well be the sin that destroys America.
Immorality causes us to sin against society. You can put it down: People who treat sex lightly, treat other human beings lightly also.
Immorality is the enemy of the home, and the enemy of the home is the enemy of the nation. Faith that doesn’t begin at home rarely gets a chance to begin. I’m concerned that in America we see the existence of a God-centered Christian home, the nuclear family as an institution, quickly disappearing.
None of us live to ourselves and none of us die unto ourselves. The Bible teaches, “We are the temple of God” (2 Corinthians 6:16), and “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (1 Corinthians 3:17).
When a member of a church lives in sexual immorality, he sins against the body of Christ. The Bible says, “How should this happen? God forbid.” This should cause us to fall on our faces and weep before Almighty God.
We need to both teach our children and warn them. This is clear, plain, and for their wellbeing. And we need to demonstrate it, modeling this before our children.
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