January 10, 2005
The Landmine of Sexual Sin
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
People justify sexual sin in many ways. One popular argument is: "My body belongs to me." No, it does not. You didn't create your body; God did. Therefore, it belongs to Him. Sexual sin makes the deceptive offer of immediate pleasure without penalty, but that is a lie because God did not create us that way.
Sex itself is not a sin. Physical intimacy is a privilege and a pleasure that God gives us within certain boundaries and guidelines. The experience is designed to be shared by two people - husband and wife. Scripture is clear that sexual relations are not meant for two men, two women, or those not bound by marriage. (Leviticus 20:13, Exodus 20:14)
Physical involvement is intended to draw people into a deep sense of intimacy, but only when it is expressed in a loving marital commitment. The marriage relationship is a picture of our intimate spiritual and emotional relationship with the Lord. No one else can give us the sense of fulfillment that He can provide. God never intended for a physical act to fill our need for intimacy.
The consequences of sexual sin are devastating. For example, some people may claim not to feel guilty, but actually that is rarely the case. They can cover it up, rationalize it, or try to ignore it, but an underlying sense of guilt is hard to eradicate. The deep, gnawing sense of shame is like a house with termites: nothing may be noticeable for a while, but cracks and damage eventually appear. That's why God tells us to flee sexual immorality - to preserve us from its devastating effects.
On Jan. 2, 2005, Dr. Stanley begins a ten-week series entitled "Landmines in the Pathway of the Believer" that identifies and helps you disarm the spiritual landmines in your life. For more information, including television listings and airtimes, visit www.landminesofthebeliever.com.
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