There have been numerous accusations brought before the American people concerning the President of the United States. We have learned, in lurid details, the alleged sexual misconduct of our Chief Executive. There has been a "feeding frenzy" in the nation's capitol concerning this. Hundreds of reporters are combing through records, staking out apartments, and camped out at the White House pursuing this story.
It is not my intention to
pass judgment on the guilt or innocence of our President. He has
a legal presumption of innocence. When all the facts are made public,
it may very well turn out to be just a bunch of slander, innuendo, and
rumors. But there is one thing that fascinates me through all of
this. It is the seeming indifference of many toward sexual
Our country has been conditioned over a period of several decades to become indifferent to immorality. We have evolved from a nation that wanted no public talk about sex to a nation that is drowning in a sea of sex. We now have entertainers who make no secret of their homosexuality. We even know of their lovers. Many who are heterosexuals have lovers without the "encumbrance" of marriage. It is not unusual to hear of stars being interviewed about the birth of their children and know that they are unmarried. Nudity, homosexuality, and profanity has recently surfaced on the major networks. Can we expect that it will stop with that? Abortion, once a taboo among an overwhelming majority of citizens, has become accepted as another birth control method.
Why has all of this take
place in our society? Books could be written on the causes but let
me just mention a couple.
The theory of evolution bears a major responsibility for the breakdown
in our nation's morals. This is especially true when it comes to
those in leadership positions in the entertainment industry, media, and
government. When one looks at himself as simply a link on the evolutionary
chain, morality, at least Judeo-Christian morals, simply do
2. Humanism, evolution's twin sister, has also taken its' toll on our morals. Humanism states that man is the center of the universe. We are not answerable to anyone but ourselves. This is the philosophy that you hear so often. "What business is it of your's who I sleep with?" Every man is his own judge on matters of right and wrong. We are like the children of Israel of old. "In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (Judges 17:6) this led to disaster for Israel, and will led to disaster for our nation as well.
Finally, Atheism, has to be cited as one of the root causes of our national
problems. There has been a concerted effort to remove God from our
public life, all in the name of separation of church and state. There is
a school in Alabama where the federal court has sent hall monitor (snitches)
to make sure that non student prays anywhere in the
Last week we talked about how our country has changed its attitude toward morality. This week we will look at how those changing attitudes have affected the Lord's church.
We must never make the mistake of believing that the attitudes of the world do not influence the church. There is a tendency for problems outside the body of Christ to eventually seep into the church. For example, the problem we now have in the church with the desire for entertainment instead of worship has troubled the denominational world for years before it ever reared its head among us.
We should not be surprised
by problems in the church with immorality. The church had a problem
with it in the first century. Paul tells us, "I beseech you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And
do not be conformed to this world, but be
A Growing Tendency to Accept Immorality in the Church
Brethren, there is a growing
tendency to accept such things as adultery, fornication, homosexuality,
etc. in the body. Many among us have been going through contortions
trying to "prove" that those who are guilty of adultery have a right to
remain with the person they have committed sin with. Divorces go
on in the church, with adultery often in the mix, and guilty ones are neither
withdrawn from, or called on to repent. Congregations accept those living
in immorality without any question. These are not cases where the sin has
taken place twenty and thirty years ago, but cases where the divorce papers
are still fresh. Abortion is being defended by some among us.
And finally, there is the first stirring of
And there's more. It is open knowledge that social drinking takes place among many Christians, and preachers never preach against it. Many among us also dress immodestly, not just on the beach or at the pool, but at the assembly. When preachers and elders bring up these things many members will say, "You have no business prying into our personal lives."
To refresh our knowledge of the will of God let's look at these passages.
1 Corinthians 6:18-
"Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body,
but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body."
Matthew 19:9- ""And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.""
Matthew 5:27-28 ""You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
1 Corinthians 7:2- "Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband."
Brethren, we must not allow
ourselves to be influenced by the world. God wants the sexual relationship
to be an exclusive one. The Bible is clear on this matter.
Sexual relationships outside our relationship with our spouse is
wrong. It is a sin against our body, our mate, against the church,
and against our Lord who redeemed us from the world. "For you
were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your
spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:20).
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