"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."
On the news the other day, I heard a disturbing statistic. It seems that the percentage of adult couples now living together without marriage is on the rise...a sharp rise!
In an article by Carol Morello, posted on "washingtonpost.com,"the number of adults, (age 18 years and older), who are married is at a record low. The overall number now stands at about 51%. In sharp contrast, in 1960, that number was around 72%...
The article goes on to say that women are waiting until around age 26 to marry, while men are holding off to about age 29. Couples are just deciding to co-habitate now, and get married later. Sadly, this shows the result of decades of departure from the word and will of God!
Perhaps we need to look up the definition of the word:
"Voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons, or two persons not married to eachother."
Of course, Satan is delighted by such actions as this. Some may have heard of him; this is the monster who plans to destroy the lives of every person he can! His fate is sealed, God created a special place for the devil and his followers. It's called "hell" and I assure you many people, both aware and unaware, are following Satan directly into this place of eternal punishment.
And yes, I do mean for it to sound bold! Too many people have "sugarcoated" the truth of God for far too long. The results of this are evident in every corner of our society and across the world. It's time to get upset, bold, excited, and just plain mad about those who dismiss the things of God!
Simply put, God detests sexual sin...period! Some of us...(many? most?) of us have been guilty of this sin, either now or in the past, myself included. But followers of Christ are to "learn and turn" from sinful ways if we are to please the Lord. The math here regarding sexual sin shows that people simply are not repenting as our Father wills...
Many scriptures speak to the issue of fornication, adultry, and pre-marital sex. But one in particular explains just how detestable sexual sin is to the Lord God. Let the words of God's law speak to the hearts of us all. The bible says this in (1Corinthians 6: 9-10, 18-20):
"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders...will inherit the kingdom of God..."
"Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?...Therefore honor God with your body."
Sexual desires are so hard to control if one is not trying to do so. That's why it's one of the evil one's best temptations against us! But we must do our best to honor God with our heart, mind, body, and soul, keeping Him at the center of our lives.
No, we won't always be successful, but as long as we keep trying we will be forgiven! That's a joy reserved for those who follow the will of the Savior, Jesus Christ!