GOD’S DESIGN

  • Gen 2: 21-24
  • Gen 4:1
  • God’s design is for sex to occur pleasurably between a man and a woman who have been acceptably married in a decent and Godly manner
  • God created us as sexual beings. It was his means by which we would reproduce and continue the lifeline of human beings. But it was also his gift to married couples to allow them to enjoy each other in the most intimate of ways.
  • Through sex we can learn much about communication and commitment.
  • It is through the intimacy of sex that we should learn how to be vulnerable, which is the key to open lines of communication.
  • God’s design
  • It is through the intimacy of sex that we learn how to be faithful to one another, and thus are able to trust each other. As we learn about faithfulness and commitment with our spouse, we learn much about faithfulness and commitment to God as the only God.
  • Sexuality, therefore, is not evil, but good and sacred. It is the misuse and abuse of sexuality that is evil-when we take something designed to teach us about God and use it to satisfy our own sinful desires.
  • The holiness of sexuality is seen in the direct comparison God makes between sexuality and our relationship with him.

SEXUAL PERVERSIONS

  • Sexual perversions are conditions in which sexual excitement or orgasm is associated with acts or imagery that are considered unusual or unacceptable within the culture.
  • Sometimes called paraphilia

HOMOSEXUALITY AND LESBIANISM

  • Sexual interest in and attraction to members of one’s own sex.
  • Homosexuality (to exchange or abandon natural relations of sex) was as widespread in Paul’s day as it is in ours.
  • Many pagan practices encouraged it.
  • Yet, homosexuality is strictly forbidden in Scripture (Leviticus 18:22).
  • Homosexuality is considered an acceptable practice by many in our world today-even by some churches.
  • Gay Bishops have been ordained
  • But society does not set the standard for God’s law.

Many homosexuals believe that their desires are normal and that they have a right to express them.

But God does not obligate nor encourage us to fulfill all our desires (even normal ones). Those desires that violate his laws must be controlled.

HOMOSEXUALITY AND LESBIANISM

  • Lev 18:22
  • Lev 20:13
  • Romans 1: 26-27
  • 1Cor 6: 9-11

IS HOMOSEXUALITY WRONG?

  • Leviticus 18:22 . . . Do not practice homosexuality; it is a detestable sin.
  • The Bible is clear about the practice of homosexuality. God views it as a sin. At the very beginning of time, God created the perfect union, a man and a woman.

WAS I BORN HOMOSEXUAL?

  • Leviticus 20:13 . . . The penalty for homosexual acts is death to both parties. They have committed a detestable act and are guilty of a capital offense.
  • It would be contrary to God’s character for him to create a person to be homosexual when his laws call for death because of it.

PEDOPHILIA

  • A Psychosexual disorder in which an adult has sexual fantasies about or engages in sexual acts with a prepubescent child of the same or the opposite sex

MASTURBATION

  • It is the manipulation of the genital organs for pleasure, usually to orgasm.
  • The term masturbation generally connotes self-manipulation, but it can also be used to describe manipulation of or by a sexual partner, exclusive of sexual intercourse.
  • Compare with Onanism

What is wrong with Masturbation.

  • It involves unacceptable thoughts -Phil 4:8
  • It does not involves expression of love
  • It often involves objects not capable of giving or receiving love
  • It dehumanises
  • It makes a spouse irrelevant
  • It is addictive
  • Sex Toys
  • Vibrators
  • Sex Machines
  • Robots

PORNOGRAPHY

  • Representation of sexual behaviour in books, pictures, statues, motion pictures, and other media that is intended to cause sexual excitement.

BESTIALITY

  • Sexual relations between a human being and an animal.
  • Whoever lies with an animal shall surely be put to death. (NKJV) Exodus 22:19
  • Lev 18 :23
  • Lev 20 :15

INCEST

  • Sexual relations between persons who, because of the nature of their kin relationships, are prohibited by law or custom from intermarrying
  • Incest involves sexual relations between close relatives. Prohibitions against incest are prominent in Leviticus 18. Leviticus 20 also addresses the matter and attaches the death penalty to certain kinds of incest. The assignment of severe penalty and the judgments of dishonor and perversion clearly mark incest as a serious offense.
  • Actual cases in the Bible show incest to be the fruit of a flawed character. Lot’s daughters slept with their drunken father and both became pregnant (Genesis 19:30-38).
  • And in 2 Samuel 13:1-22, the deceitful Amnon showed no shame in forcing himself upon his half sister Tamar.
  • Paul’s strong rebuke in 1 Corinthians 5:1-5 demonstrates that neither the act nor its wickedness is limited to Old Testament times.

RAPE

  • The act of a man forcing a woman to have sexual intercourse against her will.
  • Two instances are recorded in the OT:

— Shechem the son of Hamor, a Hivite, raped Dinah (see Genesis 34:2-7),

— Amnon raped his sister Tamar (2 Samuel 13:14).

In both instances, their brothers got vengeance for the rape of their sister.

  • Deut 22 : 22-26

OTHER SEXUAL DEVIATIONS

  • Masochism And Sadonism
  • Voyeurism
  • Exhibitionism
  • Coprophilia

HELP FOR SEXUAL PERVERTS

TEMPTATION CAN BE OVERCOME BY GOD’S GRACE.

  • If you have these desires, you can and must resist acting upon them.
  • Consciously avoid places or activities you know will kindle temptations of this kind.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of Satan to tempt you nor the potential for serious harm if you yield to these temptations. Remember, God can and will forgive sexual sins just as he forgives other sins
  • Surrender yourself to the grace and mercy of God, asking him to show you the way out of sin and into the light of his freedom and his love.
  • Prayer, Bible study, and strong support in a Christian church can help you to gain strength to resist these powerful temptations.
  • If you are already deeply involved in homosexual behavior, seek help from a trustworthy, professional pastoral counselor.

THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH

  • We must be careful, however, to condemn only the practice, and not the people.
  • Those who commit homosexual acts are not to be feared, ridiculed, or hated.
  • They can be forgiven, and their lives can be transformed.
  • The church should be a haven of forgiveness and healing for repentant homosexuals without compromising its stance against homosexual behavior.

HELP FOR SEXUAL PERVERTS

  • Sound Counsel
  • Psychiatrist’s role

REPENT TODAY

  • SINFUL PATTERNS OF ALL KINDS REQUIRE GOD’S FORGIVENESS.
  • However, those who say that they are Christians but persist in these practices with no sign of remorse or change of life will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • We must not participate in sin or condone it in any way, nor may we be selective about what we condemn or excuse.

GOD’S CALL

  • Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry; (WEB) Col 3:5
  • Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (KJV)