Sex and the Church

Selling ice to Eskimo's is like selling sex to the West; we both have too much of it and don't need it. There is one difference, however, and that is the West keeps buying it. Whether it is the latest PG13 movie or a church trying to get people into its doors, sex sells! Sadly, the church either does not respond or cannot be heard because of the lack of distinction it its voice. Many professing Christians today have sex outside of marriage but there is very little real talk of either accountability or responsibility. Is it that nobody feels they have the authority to speak on these issues because they have failed themselves? This may be the case but we still need speak out for the glory of God.

What does sex have to do with the glory of God? The act of sex is described as to know your husband or wife." Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain (Gen. 4:1)." This is not just a physical act but a spiritual act where the spirit of a man and a woman are united (1 Cor. 6:16). Knowing one another in a marriage relationship speaks of the love that Christ has for His church (Eph. 5:25), which displays the glory of God. "The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one (John 17:22)." Unity in a marriage displays God's glory, just like unity in the church.

The joys of sex are often talked about in our society, but the consequences of immoral sex are rarely mentioned. God often warns us that the sexually immoral will end up in Hell (1 Cor. 6:9, Eph. 5:5, Heb. 13:4, Rev. 21:8, 22:15). Old Testament imagery often pictures the unfaithful as whores and prostitutes. Perhaps people focus too much on sexual sins to the exclusion of other sins that are just as damning, but there must be a reason why sexual sins are always included in the characteristics of people who are on their way to the lake of fire.

Almost every activity can be reduced to molecular interactions. Someone who is making fun of a sport might say, "what is the big deal about trying to put a puck in a net?"  Another might say, "what is the big deal about seeing a woman's breasts, it is just skin?" This argument eventually reduces to, "what is the big deal about molecules interacting to produce certain effects?" Like a universal acid, this argument trivializes everything to the point that nothing matters. Similarly, sex is just two people enjoying each other, what is the big deal?  Why does God care so much that we don't have sex outside of marriage?

Sex is sacred. It is powerful, magical, and binding. No other physical act in the world causes two people to become one (1 Cor. 6:16). Sex is the one thing that you can give your husband or wife that nobody else can. You only have one body. If it is common then why is it so prevalent? Why do most songs, TV shows, and movies talk about it? Common sense tells us that there is more to sex than other activities. Many people reject Christianity because of what it says about sex,  and others leave the Church because of failure in this area.

Sex demonstrates faith. It is one of the most primal instincts common to man. The temptations that arise because of sex are hard to resist and no one is immune from them. We are alive and living in a world that is full of sin for a reason. God could have taken us up to Heaven the moment we believed, but instead he left us here. When we resist the temptation of sex we are clearly showing that we are putting our trust in God instead of ourselves. Immoral sex gives short term pleasure but produces long term disaster. God is glorified when we say that our relationship with Him is more important than our primal instincts. The proper use of sex is an acid test for faith in Jesus Christ.

The West is demonstrating that we think we know more than God. Even though we know His commandments, we are deliberately ignoring them. The church in the West has followed in the same footsteps of secular culture and we will and are suffering the consequences. We as the Church need to stand up and proclaim God's will for sex in our culture and, more importantly, live it.Sex and the relationship with our spouse gives us understanding into the sacred relationship of Christ and His Church and also demonstrates whether we are truly part of it.


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