For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication; that each one of you know how to control your own bodyin holiness and honor, not with lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one wrong or exploit a brother or sisterin this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, just as we have already told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness.                                                 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 NRS

The tragedy that is engulfing a major evangelical denomination today reminds us that integrity in the area of sexuality is one of the main areas in which the Enemy targets God’s servants. The larger collapse of our society in regard to sexual identity and expression only underlines the problem. What is going on?

What is going on is the collapse of Biblical ethics in the general decline of the West into a pagan worldview. What is that worldview? This psycho-socio-physical cosmos is all there is to reality. But if you believe that, several things follow, chief among which for this discussion is that life is purposeless and without any ethical absolutes. In short, “nobody tells me what to do with my life.”

That being so, the desires rule, and chief among them is sexual desire. We might debate why sexual desire is so powerful. One possibility is that the genetic need to propagate humanity drives us, with the complex gratifications that sexual expression provides undergirding it. So, like every pagan society that has ever existed, we become more and more sex-obsessed. The result is that even those who would say they adhere to the Biblical worldview that the transcendent Creator has an explicit way for us to live, find themselves sucked into the vortex.

Is there a solution? Certainly there is. It is in your devotional life, both private and public. Oh, it is not in merely adhering to routine, although that matters. It is in what the routine is in aid of. Are you passionate about pleasing your Savior, your lover? If you are, then you will not allow anything, such as the increasingly filthy TV shows and movies, let alone pornography, infect your vision of who he is and what he has designed our behavior to be. Perhaps you say, “Oh, Oswalt, don’t be a prude!” Why not? If that’s what it takes to protect my relationship with Jesus, and with Karen, and with my children, and with women to whom I minister, then I will gladly be a prude. How about you?

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