Scripture References: Genesis, Ruth, Esther, Song of Solomon, Ephesians
When many people hear the name Alveda King these days, the pro-life movement quickly comes to mind. Read my post abortion testimony at: http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/howcandreamsurvive.htm
Is sex wrong? Is sex dirty? Is sex right? Is sex good? The answers lie in the perspectives of those asking the questions. Even the definition of sex is often unclear in these days and times.
For instance, someone might ask the question, “what sex are you?” Do they mean what gender? If gender determination is the desired outcome from the answer to the question, then, it would be better to ask, “what gender are you?”
This question often causes its own brand of confusion, because in the ongoing quest for enlightenment, some people are “gender confused.” In essence, some people, born male, have early signs of “feeling more female than male.” The same can be said of some women. As people approach puberty, their sexual identities mature, and heterosexual or homosexual tendencies become more apparent.
There are often testimonies from male homosexuals about how their parents tried to “beat it out of them.” Girls who display male tendencies are generally labeled as “tomboys,” and are not targeted for confrontation about their sexuality as early as boys are. Yet, the approach in any case should be compassionate and informed, rather than a form of attack. A question should arise: “If your son or daughter was born with or displayed early symptoms cancer, would you try to beat it out of your child?”
Some people believe that God creates homosexuals. They also believe that it is God’s will that people have diabetes, or high blood pressure, or other forms of sickness and disease. They even feel that it is God’s will that some be poor and hungry. Otherwise, they reason, “If God had wanted me to be straight, He would have made me that way. Since God is God, can’t He change these things, if they are not His will?”
So if someone is born a certain way, the assumption would be that God made them that way. The good news is that God designs each of us to be whole and perfect. No matter how we are born, and what degree of sin and iniquity is part of our birth (including sickness and disease), the really good news is that we can be born again!
The bad news is that sin entered into our lives at the time of the fall of Adam and Eve, disturbing the perfect design of humanity, short circuiting the perfect plan of creation, all of which has been transmitted down from generation to generation through DNA and RNA.
A short lesson in history, or even a long BIBLE examination would reveal that God desires that we members of the human race (Acts 17:26) would all be whole, healthy and blessed in every way. Evil forces are the originators of sickness, disease and poverty; on the other hand, God is Love and God is good!
This leads one to consider the origins of sin, sickness, disease, poverty and all harmful influences that affect the procreative human family. We could turn to the Bible for answers, yet some people do not trust the Bible.
“The Bible was written by the white man,” they say. “You can’t trust their Bible because they used it to enslave us.” While this is true, some slave masters often twisted the truths of the Bible, to their own dark purposes, this doesn’t mean that the BIBLE is twisted, just the humans who did evil things were twisted. This is not just a Black/White thing; many people, no matter what their ethnic identities are, use the Bible to misinterpret the goodness of God.
Have you ever heard anyone say, “the white man used money to enslave us, so we can’t use money?” Or, “the white man made us pick cotton, so we can’t wear cotton?” Of course not. Like it or not, the Bible is an established source of divine law. Without the ten commandments, and all the commands of the Bible, especially the commandment to LOVE God, ourselves and our neighbors, we are a lawless people.
So why do we reject the Bible which is full of truth, and still cling to other much less perfect tools that were used in our days of misery?
Some even try to use the Bible to justify certain lifestyles, whether in the realms of sexuality, money, relationships, no matter. If a human being can interpret or misinterpret the Bible to fit a personal desire, the temptation will be there. People do this all the time, no matter what color they are.
Mark 11:22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23I assure you that you can say to this mountain, ‘May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. 24Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. 25But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
When people went to Christ for healing, He taught them to forgive others. Then, He would forgive their sins, and they would be made whole. Of course, some people were offended when Jesus said “your sins are forgiven, be whole.” They didn’t want to forgive those who had hurt them; and they didn’t want to admit that their own sins and sickness were related.
Matthew 9: 1Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. 2Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”3But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?”4Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts? 5Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? 6So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”7And the man jumped up and went home! 8Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen. And they praised God for sending a man with such great authority.
Sins and iniquities are ancient, so are sickness and disease (which originated with sin and iniquity.) Let’s just say that one more time. Sin and iniquity are partners with sickness and disease. We are born into a world of sin, with the ravages of sin translated into sickness and disease (generational curses) imprinted in our DNA and RNA. Think about it. Mama was diabetic, so is the child. Papa had high blood pressure, so does the child.
Sickness and sin entered into the human family with the fall of man. It is interesting to note that if someone has cancer, or diabetes or hypertension, he or she will run to the doctor. Sickness feels bad, so we try to get rid of it. Sin feels bad too, but we are not so quick to look for deliverance or healing from sin. It just seems easier to try to find a way and a reason to keep doing it as long as it feels good.
Some people even try to get rid of lust, various addictions, and gluttony, which is why there are so many seven step deliverance programs out there. Lust, substance addictions and gluttony can lead to many other problems either physical or financial. The temporary good feelings that come from indulgence vanish in the long term, leaving their victims with the sad and unfortunate results and consequences of the indulgences.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, 10 thieves, greedy people (gluttons), drunkards, abusers, and swindlers — none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.
When we burn for drugs, or harmful foods (weight loss and body building = big business), society shows compassion and offers solutions to help us. Even lust for money is recognized as a problem, and there are programs for compulsive gamblers, or people addicted to money schemes. Yet, when our flesh burns for sexual release from someone else’s spouse, or a child, or a same sex partner, we fight to protect these categories of human sexuality.
For example, why is homosexuality a protected category, when it comes to examination of what is good for us and what is not? Perhaps for the same reason that there is one category of protected murder in our communities. Think about it, abortion kills babies, yet abortion is legal. (Remember, we are speaking on what “is good” for us, and not necessarily what “feels good” to us.) In other words, to keep from hurting people’s feelings, should we fight to uphold homosexuality and kill babies?
My uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed both homosexuality and abortion in an advice column he wrote for EBONY Magazine in the 1050’s:
Question: My problem is different from the ones most people have. I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don’t want my parents to know about me. What can I do?
MLK: Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. … You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.
Question: About two years ago, I was going with a young lady who became pregnant. I refused to marry her. As a result, I was directly responsible for a crime. It was not until a month later that I realized the awful thing I had done. I begged her to forgive me, to come back, but she has not answered my letters. The thing stays on my mind. What can I do? I have prayed for forgiveness.
MLK: You have made a mistake. … One can never rectify a mistake until he admits that a mistake has been made. Now that you have prayed for forgiveness and acknowledged your mistake, you must turn your vision to the future. … Now that you have repented, don’t concentrate on what you failed to do in the past, but what you are determined to do in the future.
Consider this, homosexuality and abortion share a common denominator; they both attack the foundations of procreation and the human family. The sex act between two men or two women cannot result in conception of another human being. Abortion cuts off/kills the life of the person in the womb. Add to this deadly formula pornography, child pornography, sex trafficking, fornication and adultery; what do you get? The destruction of humanity.
There are obviously destructive forces at work to attack the procreative human family; and these forces are not readily and easily perceived by the human senses. Any force that short circuits the life span of a person, and/or circumvents the procreative energy of a person cannot be good.
So what is a decent, kind hearted sexually challenged person to do? The same thing that a decent, kind hearted victim of any problem would do. Seek truth, resist the evil forces.
The funny thing about all of this is that if we don’t have sex, we won’t die.
Think about it. The person addicted to food, resulting in life threatening illness, also has a problem. He or she needs to modify her lifestyle. This is often very hard, because we just can’t say, “I’ll never eat again.” We have to eat something, or we will die.
Such is not the case with sex. We can abstain from sex for a season, or a lifetime, and not die. So, someone just can’t stomach having sex with someone of opposite gender; or feels like he or she can’t live without having sex with a child or someone else’s spouse…
Then, why have sex at all? Remember, we won’t die if we don’t have sex. Love and sex are really two different things. Yet, we are such a “feel good” society, such a “gratify me now” society, that we often indulge in things that ultimately make us sick, and often even kill us.
“So, God is so mean that He will deprive us of sex, if we don’t follow His rules,” some ask? It might be better to ask what draws us to partaking of forbidden fruit of any type?
The Christian Church has the best kept secret around. “Christians do it better!” Any sex outside of God ordained marriage is somehow counterfeit and often unfulfilling. This includes adultery, homosexuality, pornography, sex trafficking and fornication.
The thing is, we need to realize that sex between one man and woman in marriage is liberating. Neither the ”redeemed” husband nor his “redeemed” wife is under the curse of Adam and Eve. The man is not trying to “have the rule over his wife,” as he was cursed to do in Genesis because of Adam’s and Eve’s sin. Instead, the redeemed husband loves his wife as he is taught in the book of Ephesians. The woman’s/wife’s desire is not directed towards her husband as in the curse of Eve, but rather she is at liberty to express her godly desire, and to love and respect her husband as is also taught in the New Testament.
Together, they can enjoy their mutual sexuality in the bonds of Holy Matrimony, as God always intended.
So, why has the devil been able to sell illicit sex on such a grand scale? We as Christians have not effectively taught our young people about the procreative plan of God and the rewards that come with fulfilling God’s plan.
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