Sexual Sin…?

You know, it has been said a lot of effort and words are spent trying to speak out against homosexuality, but you don’t hear much about heterosexual sin. And, when I reflect upon this idea, I find that I think its true. Yes, some people mention it in passing, but most of us tend to ignore heterosexual sexual sin – or at best give it a passing remark when speaking on abstinence or saving oneself for marriage.

But the fact is, there is a lot said by God in the Bible about heterosexual sex sin. The majority the levitical law concerning sex deals with heterosexual acts. We warn people about the dangers of homosexual sin making it so one does not enter the kingdom of heaven, but so too will heterosexual sin.

Let me explain. Jesus spoke out against sexual immorality in Matthew 15:18-20 and Mark 7:20-23.

Matthew 15:18-20

18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man unclean. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what make a man unclean; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him unclean.

Mark 7:20-23

20 He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him unclean. 21 For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.

The word translated as sexual immorality in these verses is Porneia. This word means
1. illicit sexual intercourse
A. adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc.
B. sexual intercourse with close relatives; Lev. 18
C. sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; Mk. 10:11

Note, this has often been used to show that homosexual sex is wrong. And this is a valid application. However, this term ALSO shows heterosexual sexual sin is immoral. This is not to say that all heterosexual sex is sin, only that laid out in the old testament as being something we are not to do. The same laws found in Lev 18, 20, and Dt 22 that are used to speak against homosexual sexual sin should also be used just as fervently to speak against heterosexual sexual sin.

God created marriage. It is only within the confines of marriage between a man and a woman that people can engage in sex (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:7; 1 Corinthians 7:2). To do so outside of marriage is sin (Lev 18, 20; Dt 22). The attitude of consciously deciding to sin against God is known as rebellion and THIS is deadly. It is for this sort of thing that the law was made in the first place.

1 Timothy 1:8-11

8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

You will recall that in Revelation 21:8, the word ‘immoral’ is used. This is translated from the Greek pornos. This term, while it DOES refer to homosexual protitue in its most narrow sense, also refers to anyone who commits unlawful sexual practices, including fornication.

Revelation 21:8

“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

There is scripture after scripture that rerfers to sexual sin – it includes homosexual and heterosexual sexual sin. We are to avoid immorality, period.

2 Timothy 2:19

Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from  wickedness.”

It is precisely because of immorality that we are to marry.

1 Corinthians 7:2

But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.

Yes, we are to avoid sex outside of marriage. But more specifically, we need to avoid sex outside the parameters God has set up. If we choose to rebel, then we are putting the thoughts of a created thing, ourselves, in the place of God. This is idolatry and will lead to death.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 

If we call ourselves Christians, we must realize that God has said the wicked (or immoral, depending on translation) will not inherit the kingdom of God. Then he went on to describe some of what is wicked. It includes the sexually immoral and idolaters and adulterers and homosexual protitutes and offenders.

If you claim to be Christian, then you need to recognize you are to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’ (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27). If we love Him, we are to obey Him (John 14:15; 1 John 5:2-3; see https://wbmoore.wordpress.com/2008/06/20/the-need-for-belief-love-and-obedience/). And in John 8:11b, Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Faith is required for salvation (John 3:14-18), but the Holy Spirit works through that faith to change us to grow in righeousness and wll cause us to leave behind more and more sin (Ephesians 4; Acts 26:20). This is part of what it means to have faith (James 2:14-26).

So yeah, sexual sin. It affects us all, not just homosexuals and will keep us from entering the kingdom if we persist in walking in darkness.

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8 Responses

  1. I do believe you are on a roll here. At the rate we are going… Touching myself is a sin, Observing myself in the mirror in the nude is a sin, Believing I look good in the nude is a sin, While we are at it, Any kind of ejaculation outside of marriage is a sin, Complementing someone on their looks is a sin because we are lusting after the flesh. The whole idea of marriage is a joke and an antiquated ideology. In the old days, and even now, it was a way for men to assert official ownership over women. This is coming from a time when women were viewed as property at best. People did not partake in homosexual marriages because to have a wife was a social status, like it still is to a lesser extent today. I mean if you look at the gender definitions and roles and the gender gaps Men’s great social status symbols are a pretty wife a great body and a high paying important job, however womans social status symbols are their children their (excuse my derogatory remarks) huge “boobs”, their big important husbands, and their big important fathers.

  2. Now you’re exagerating. I am trying to deal with the importance of loving God and obeying Him, and you want to disparage. Marriage was instituted because we need someone of the opposite gender to complete us. Either one by itself is insufficient. Together, the sum of the parts are more than the individuals. Happily married people live longer and provide a stable and loving environment in which to raise well-adjusted, productive, happy, kids.

    You are looking at things from people’s perspectives. People who care about what the world says is good, or who care about what other people think, want big cars or houses or to look good. But those things dont matter to God. What matters is whether you believe Him, love Him, trust Him, obey Him. You either do or dont. For people who love God, HE is what is important, not the things the world thinks are cool.

    And I’m not pretending we’re all perfect. We all fail. We all need a Savior. Thank God that God provided one for us. He sent His son to die for us, that we might live through faith in Him.

  3. I do apologize for the first remarks about you I was tired and sick and feeling a little hostile but the latter part of that comment I believe completely. Marriage is neither holy, nor mystical or magical. It as I said is a status symbol. It is also a legally binding agreement that allows two people who are “in love” to protect their mate through the marriage benefits.

  4. I think for some people, you are right – it IS a status symbol for some. I think that, for those where this is the case, it speaks to how poorly they think of themselves and others, though. The legal aspect describes part of the function of marriage in society. but society is filled with imperfect people who want to do things they want to do for their own reasons. Unfortunately for society, God and HIS desires rarely enter into the equation.

    I think at least part of the original idea behind marriage was exactly what I said, to help us become complete. I think we’ve warped it. Some of us have made it an issue of status, and some of us have made it something to used and abused. That’s what imperfect people do. But that’s one reason we need God.

    Marriage helps us grow to be less selfish, to be more caring, to be more gentle and firm at the same time. It helps us learn more about God.

  5. Throughout the course of our history humans have grown attached to the fantastical ideology of love. In our infancy humans had to stick together in a savage land that was not ours, this close connection grew into something more, parenthood. We gained a since of pride from having children, this was one of the defenses we adopted against extinction. Without a strong community and a deep love for our children as well as a close connection with the other parent of that child we would have fallen to the earth long before we could develop language or history, long before we could make a mark on this planet. We are an intelligent but equally foolish group of animals. We longed so much for answers we could not understand. Where did we come from? Why are we here? Is there anything more? Science had yet been born but our grasp of language was growing and with it we created stories which became legends, which became religion. Religion filled a void, it answered those questions that no one had answers for. But as science and our understanding of the universe grew it encroached on religion and the two clashed. Pure science and pure religion cannot coexist. History validates science, and invalidates religion, but no one sees this because they just change religion to fit the changes in our understanding.

  6. What you present as an explanation of religion sounds good, from the perspective of someone who does not want to believe in a life after death.

    But science can only measure repeatable events. Theology provides an explanation of that which exists beyond the realm of science. Science without religion does not exist. Religion without science does not exist. The two have always been closely intermingled. They always will be.

    Just as there are certain physical laws that have been discovered and used to create better societies, so too exist certain moral laws. These moral laws transcend any given society. Once a society begins to ignore these laws, that society’s fabric of being begins to disintegrate. It might take centuries for it to disappear, and indeed aspects of said society may always remain. But as a cohesive society, it will disappear.

    Examples of moral laws would be ‘do not steal’, ‘do not murder’, ‘help the weak’. Now, how those laws are interpreted might change from society to society – for instance, aboriginal tribes might consider it OK to steal from those outside the tribe, as they are not considered ‘people’. But the rule still exists.

    God, being a god of order, created everything – the physical laws and the moral laws. He did so to help us interact with our environment – including other people. But He DID create them. There are many stories around the world that reflect the same, or similar, history. There ARE apparently fantastical stories, and more common stories to describe similar events. But there seems to be a common thread to them all. ‘Educated’ people call these myths.

    But science is unable to measure things like ‘ghosts’, which seem to exist in multiple societies. Science is unable to measure why some people are able to make prophetic statements that come true. Science has never been able to provide all the answers, nor will it ever be able to provide all the answers. However, it is BECAUSE of religion that many scientific breakthroughs have occurred (https://wbmoore.wordpress.com/2008/07/30/faith-and-science/).

    History actually validates religion and science. For example, look at the Bible. It has been proven time and time again to be historically accurate (https://wbmoore.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/is-the-bible-trustworthy/). To try to ignore God is to put yourself in the position of God in your life. We are free to do so, but I am afraid that those who choose to do so will end up suffering for it.

    As for children, I think for some people, they DO take pride in having children. I know I did not want children until my parents both passed away. Its not a matter of pride for me. It began as something I had to do once my parents passed (perhaps carry on the family name?, perhaps increase the gene pool?), but it became something I wanted to do because I was selfish and wanted to share my love with my offspring. It also became something I wanted to do because I wanted to leave the planet a little better than I found it. It has become something that has taught me a great deal about God – His love, His patience, His grace, His mercy, His justice, His sacrifice.

    In the end, if I am right, I have gained everything by trusting in Jesus Christ as having been sent by God the Father to suffer and die to pay the price of my sins. If I am wrong, I have lost nothing, and have stilled gained because I am a better person because of it.

  7. Well Well :) As for this brilliant post I have no good argument except for religion Vs. science. Science is the understanding of the known universe and the desire to understand the parts of the universe still unknown. Religion is desire to make peace and find justification with the present state of relative ignorance. Science cannot explain the beginning of time or other phenomena at present because humans have not gained a thorough understanding of the universe. I believe one day we as humans will be able to explain such things and even recreate and observe them in a laboratory. Just like if you tried to tell somebody in the 17th century about computers and even showed you one they would consider it sorcery.

  8. When science moves away from measurable (and therefore repeatable) events, it becomes little more than story telling – a proposition with no way to prove it. I agree that science will continue to improve its ability to explain our universe as our understanding of the laws which God created improves. However, until it moves away from the current blind spot the majority of it has against the meta-physical, science will never be able to begin to explain the soul. Without the willingness to explore things that are governed by laws other than the physical, it never be able to explain prophecy, or spontaneous healing, or other such phenomena.

    However, I disagree with your definition of religion. Not all religions attempt to explain what is unknown. Some simply accept it. Others do indeed attempt to explain it. But the goal of religion is not to explain the unknown, rather to provide a means of dealing with the environment in ways that go beyond the physical. That is to say, it deals with the soul – that part of man that seems to be able to grasp those moral laws God has created (ethics) and provide a mechanism for the soul to move beyond the physical – life after death. Even atheism provides a mechanism for doing this, although it is not something most atheists care to consider. In the atheist’s worldview, there is no life after death, but only the here-and-now. Therefore, they tend towards utilitarian or humanistic ethics and universally hold a view that upon physical death there is no life-after-death.

    While most religions attempt to find understanding for ignorance, true Christianity is actually the reconciliation of mankind to God. That is to say, the being that created everything desires for man to be in relationship with Him. In other religions, one strives to become something – be it ‘one with the universal conscientiousness’ or ‘nothing’ or ‘good enough’. But in Christianity, one must simply accept what God has been done for one – the sending of His Son Jesus Christ to suffer and die for one’s sins. Once this free gift is accepted, the belief is that God love man so much that HE did it all. Whereas in other religions, one must do it all.

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