August 24, 2012
It has become so commonplace in our culture, and even around the world. It is everywhere you look and almost nobody is protected from encountering it at some point, either personally or through someone they know.
Sexual immorality is everywhere.
Sex before marriage, adultery, pornography, rape, incest, and so much more is heard or read about around every corner.
Some of these forms of sexual immorality are more accepted than others, but they are just as sinful. Recently I heard my wife talk about an interview she heard about a famous actress who cheated on her boyfriend. The anchors wanted to know if it was all out cheating or maybe a lesser version.
It is all sin! It all separates us from God. We can try to make it more “acceptable” in our culture but making T.V. shows about it, or just by letting people get away with it. But these things have never been taken lightly by God.
1 Corinthians 6:18 says “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.” That is how seriously God takes this sin. There are some sins that we are told to fight, or to stand against, but not sexual immorality. We are told to flee! Get out of there!!
That stuff is dangerous and destroys lives, families, friendships, and even jobs. The lie we tell ourselves is this sin is something that only affects me, but that is nothing more than a lie.
“We will live together before marriage but we will have separate bedrooms, so it is okay.” Yes, that has worked well for so many. No! God says get out of there! The temptation is there, so don’t even go near it!
That woman at work who has caught your attention, that man who has been treating you in a way that only your husband should, the texts with sexual innuendos, stop it all! Flee from it all!
This sin is not to be messed with. Paul tells us in Ephesians, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” Not even a hint. This stuff is powerful and deadly and it is high time we start treating it that way.
Find someone you can be honest with and confess your sin. Get it out in the open and have them help you.
Read a book about the issues. Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll (I also wrote a book review on this one), Not Even a Hint by Joshua Harris, and Surfing for God by Michael Cusick are just a few that I have read and would be great tools in helping your marriage or overcoming sexual sin.
Find counseling if you need to. This sin is so serious it is worth overcoming your pride and doing absolutely whatever you need to in order to get over it and leave it in the past.
I listened to a song yesterday that dealt with this really well. You can listen here.
I’m not trying to be old-fashioned or some kind of fire and brimstone preacher. We just let this issue slide by in our culture and have become so numb to it, even though it continues to destroy the lives of ones we love.
Please do not wait. Seek out the help you may need and flee from sexual immorality, because it is that dangerous.