ONLINE CHURCH BULLETIN
Sex, Youth and God
Few places are more beautiful than Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Tourists journey from all over the world to sightsee, ski, hike, and camp. The vistas are breathtaking, the air is clean, and the water pure. Or so everyone thought. Early in the 1980s tourists and townspeople began to get very sick. Researchers were amazed to discover that the problem was in the water. It was clear and cold, coming from high up in the mountains, free of human pollution. But a parasite, carried by beavers, had contaminated the water and what became known as "beaver fever" made people extremely ill. It took eleven million dollars and a new water system to solve the problem. Today the water in Banff is safe.
--Gary Inrig, "Celebrate the Sexual," Whole Marriages In A Broken World, 183-184 This episode reminds us that even the purest and most precious things on earth can become contaminated and dangerous. The sexual relationship is a case in point. Far from being against sexual relations, God invented it! It is not "dirty" or disrespectable. God made us sexual beings, and He wants us to enjoy His gift. But He maintains the right to regulate where we enjoy it. His Word says, "Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled, but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Heb. 13:4; see also Prov. 5:15-23). God made sex for husbands and wives. Premarital and extramarital relationships are forbidden. The devil has prostituted God's gift and brought a load of sorrow upon a generation of teens and young adults.
Cal Thomas, in Christian Reader (Vol. 31), makes a good point, "'Sexual preference' may be the least judgmental words ever created. 'Sexually active' are two others. One might inquire of a sexually active person, 'What's the difference between being 'sexually active' and what my mother used to call a 'fornicator?' Fornication is defined as 'human sexual intercourse other than between a man and his wife, or sexual intercourse between a spouse and an unmarried person.' Isn't this what we mean by, sexually active?' Then why not say so." Isaiah said, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil..." (5:20).
Consider these facts and quotations:
*Percentage of high school seniors who have had sexual intercourse: 72
*Percentage who have had at least 4 partners: 19
-Centers for Disease Control
God says, "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body" (I Cor. 6:18).
"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; not in the lust of concupiscence [desire, passion], even as the Gentiles which know not God" (I Thes. 4:3-5).
"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart" (2 Tim. 2:22; read also Genesis 39).
"We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God" (Jer. 3:25; cf. Job 20:11; Psa. 25:7; Lam. 3:27).
Speaker Josh McDowell conducted a survey of teenagers from "evangelical churches" and discovered they had learned about sex from the following sources (respondents could select more than one):
* Friends (28 percent)
* Movies (26 percent)
* Classes at school (23 percent)
* Parents (23 percent)
* Television (22 percent)
* Church (7 percent)
-From Group, cited in Teens & Trends
God says, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: 0 let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" -Psalm 119:9-11
House to House
Heart to Heart
Volume 7/Number 6