Thirty-two Air Force instructors were investigated on allegations of sexual abuse, rape, and other assaults involving 59 trainees. Leon Panetta, a former Defense Secretary, has called sexual assault a “silent epidemic” in the military.
Sexual sin, like any other sin, is a willful transgression of God’s law. Allan Lockerman, pastor, First Baptist, Cleveland, Tennessee, preached recently on sin.
He said: “We human beings are remarkable in our ability to rationalize behavior. Two teenagers in the backseat of a car ... a businessman cheating on his taxes ... A corrupt politician ... an adulterous wife ... a cheating husband — all think they are an exception to the rule.”
The pastor continued, “Let me make this very clear: I am not the exception to the rule. You are not the exception to the rule. If you sin you suffer. There are no exceptions to the rule.”
The sex drive in humankind is strong and God put it there for His own reasons. Sociologists teach that if one is starving he will choose food; if life is threatened he will choose life. Otherwise, sex may tempt him or her.
Don’t ever accept the argument that because we are born a certain way our interest in sex has to be such as described in Romans One.
Our great God would be inconsistent to form us so that we could not help but commit certain sex acts and then condemn us to punishment for committing them.
The Bible is very clear: “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). That reference is applicable to all sin.
Considering our loose morals, Billy Graham said: “Immorality is glorified today. The Scripture teaches that God hates immorality. The ideal of purity is scorned, immorality is laughed at in school — ‘God is old-fashioned.’”
My wife and I have our individual devotions in the mornings and, at bedtime, we read the Bible and pray together. Whenever we read in the Scriptures, we do so consecutively — one chapter after another, a half-chapter each night.
Sometime ago, we began with the Book of John and marveled afresh at the fantastic things Christ said and did.
Then we came to Acts and were again spellbound at the fast-paced action and the remarkable work of the Holy Spirit. That book is much better than any adventure story or any whodunit(!) we have ever read.
Then, a few nights ago we came to the Book of Romans and were appalled again by the sexual sins spelled out in the first chapter. The world system is completely out-of-step with that chapter, and it is politically incorrect to teach or preach from it. In fact, in some other countries it is against the law.
For example, a few years ago Pastor Ake Green of Sweden preached one Sunday morning from chapter one of Romans and was sentenced to a month in jail.
In Canada it is against the law to preach or teach from that chapter, and one can be jailed for even mentioning the biblical location (such as if one says “Romans One” in a message).
Dr. Max Levin, a clinical professor of neurology, spoke to 350 physicians in Saint Louis on teenage girls and sex. He said that young girls are the victims of a swindle being perpetrated by advocates of sexual freedom.
“They are being told,” he said, “that the standards of the past are outmoded. But the teenager is told nothing of the cost of sexual freedom, of its threat to her emotional health and well-being.”
Obviously, God loves us so much that He gave His Son for us. Nonetheless, He is a holy God and He cannot condone our sexual sins. He closes His great Book with the warning near the end by saying, “The unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, THE SEXUAL IMMORAL (emphasis added) . . . their place will be in the firey lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
However, the words before that quote reads: “It is done, I am . . . the Beginning and the End . . . He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”