A study by the Barna Group confirms that we live in a broken culture, where the younger you are the more likely you are to have engaged in morally inappropriate behavior, such as using profanity in public, watching pornography, gambling, sexting, illicit sexual encounters, public nudity, or abusing alcohol or drugs.
While past generations certainly had members who rejected traditional morality, the emerging generation engages in these behaviors as a lifestyle and may not even know where the lines for traditional morality are.
These cultural changes are often traced to broken character issues, extending from a lack of personal self control. Even among professing Christians, of both sexes and across all ages and demographics, what they supposedly believe does not necessarily determine how they behave.
In a recent study conducted by ChristianMingle.com, Christian singles between the ages of 18 to 59 were asked, “Would you have sex before marriage?” The response? Sixty-three percent of the single Christian respondents indicated “yes.”
For professing believers, this discipleship dichotomy reflects a broken covenant relationship with their God. In 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Paul instructed believers how to live to please God, who called us out of darkness to live a holy life. Specifically, he calls us to sexual restraint, learning to control our own bodies and not living in passionate lust like pagans, who do not know God. He also warned believers to not take sexual advantage of a brother or sister in the Lord!
Sexually active singles and sexually unfaithful marrieds invite God’s judgment. To try to compartmentalize our sex life from our faith life is to break covenant with God, whose Son died our death that we might live His life!
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