Modern Sexuality: the Way to Damnation
By Fred O. Blakely
"Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire" (Jude 7).
“Many lovers want to put society’s stamp of approval on their intimate relationship via marriage.” So said a staff writer of a Chicago daily newspaper some time ago, and in that remark quite unabashedly acknowledged the unrestrained promiscuity of recent decades.
There was a time, well within living memory, when this “intimate relationship” outside of marriage, although certainly indulged in by the wayward, was a subject of shame and was concealed, not blatantly flaunted. In the new era of “liberation” (from God and His holy restrictions), however, all that is changed. Unlawful sex, right down to infamous sodomy and lesbianism, not only is widely practiced, but is gloried in. From high-school to college enrollees and working people, cohabitation (without marriage) has become common, and is generally accepted as a normal way of life.
The young people who have managed to maintain their virtue in this adulterous and sinful generation especially need to be constantly warned of the extreme moral depravity all about them, and urged to resist it. (All the others, too, who have a glimmer of godly aspiration in them have the same requirement.) The road to degeneracy begins with the removal of the scriptural and (one-time) conventional restraints between the sexes, which is everywhere evident. This “liberation” takes the form of uninhibited discussion of sex, encouraged (even required) by the heathenish state schools, beginning on the elementary school level. It advances to the intimate and deliberately provoking body exposures and gestures which pervade modern life, the promiscuous kissing and other preliminary intimacies which are paraded on TV screens and elsewhere, and the ultrastimulating routines of the dance. Television commercials, even those that are considered "prime-time", now promote, very graphically, products which, by sights and sounds, draw attention to the shameful parts of the human body. Other products encourage the unnatural perpetuation of marital intimacy among those who are "past age", and whose bodies no longer function as they did at an earlier age. All this is being brazenly showcased before the general public, including children. Virtually all the stops have been removed when it comes to the matter of moral restraint on every form of public media.
The issue of all this conditioning process inevitably is pre- or extra-marital sex, and the general debauchery that accompanies such gross breakdown of moral fiber. The young person who truly desires to “be not conformed to this world,” but “transformed into the Image of Christ (Rom. 12:1-2), must take due heed to this grave peril to which he, or she, is exposed. Forseeing the evil, such ones will “hide” themselves from it, as God requires them to do (Prov. 22:3), and this shielding will begin at the very outset of the deteriorative scale--the observance of proper restraint between the opposite sexes. All the others--those who are not concerned with keeping themselves “unspotted from the world” (Jas. 1:27)--like the spiritually foolish persons which they are, will simply succumb to the evil around them and suffer the consequence of God’s wrath for doing so.
In the midst of the ungodly sexual abandon and indulgence all about us, we have a Word from God, and we intend to proclaim it from the housetops, though the “church” generally is conspicuously silent on the subject. The Word is that God’s wrath is “revealed from heaven” against such wickedness (Rom. 1:18). “The judgment of God is according to truth against them which do such things” (ch. 2:2). “For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience” (Col. 3:5-7). “Which thing I hate,” exclaimed the exalted Christ (Rev. 2:15; cf. v. 6). “Marriage is honorable in all, and the [marriage] bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Heb. 13:4). “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Mt. 5:28). All such offenders as these, if they do not repent and recover themselves from the snare of the Devil, shall all “have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8; cf. ch. 22:15; Eph. 5:5).
The highly-deteriorated society of this age may, or may not, put its “stamp of approval” on sexual relations (and the lesser intimacies leading to them) outside of marriage, but the God of heaven, with whom all people have to do, most certainly does not. It is crucially necessary that we keep that truth firmly in mind, and discipline ourselves by it. “For we must all be made manifest before the judgment-seat of Christ; that each one may be recompensed for his deeds done in the body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (II Cor. 5:10, ASV, NASB). In view of these things, let this defiantly perverse generation, wise in its own ungodly conceits, take good heed to these sobering and ominous realities. Especially, let those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity attend to it, and govern themselves accordingly.