Which way Do You Swing? (Societal versus Biblical Sexual Perspectives—2)
As I start this series of Societal versus Biblical Sexual Perspectives, I would like to emphasize that I have a code for life and that code is the Holy Bible. I understand that many people use the Scriptures to support many different things while taking various quotes of the Bible out of the context of the meaning of the author.
As I present Scripture it is with the goal of allowing my presentation to be in context with the author’s meaning and using other parts of the Scripture to further support that understanding.
Also my intended audience are those who consider themselves believers of the Holy Bible—followers of Jesus Christ. If you do not consider yourself a “Christian,” you’re welcome to read and interact but keep in mind; I am speaking to the Church.
In 2 Peter, chapter 1, Peter stresses to all who share in the faith of Jesus Christ that the Scriptures are more than made-up stories or just another book. The Scriptures are inspired by the Spirit of God Himself. We who believe must give the teachings of Scripture the respect and honor that we would if God Almighty were to stand in front of us.
In Chapter 2, Peter talks about false teachers who will “cleverly teach destructive heresies” (v.1). This is the reason I am starting this series. I have seen this officially occurring within various Protestant Denominations and unofficially among fellow believers for years.
“Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered.” (2 Peter 2:2)
MANY WILL FOLLOW:
This is happening in our society right before us. When people discuss sexual views I here again and again the phrase, “forget the Bible.” I even had a friend from way back who was once a professing follower of Christ use the phrase, “cherry picked verses;” in reference to versus that are used to point out his specific sexual practice as being sinful.
Many are following in many different areas of sexual immorality.
The Greek word here is “aselgeiais” meaning licentiousness. According to dictionary.com licentiousness means (1) sexually unrestrained (2) unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral (3) going beyond customary or proper bounds or limits; disregarding rules.
The morality, rules, boundaries, and limits I am referring to derive from God’s Word.
THE WAY OF TRUTH WILL BE SLANDERED:
It is one thing to have those who do not profess to be a follower of Jesus to argue for unrestrained sexual activity, but when followers of Jesus and “Christian” denominations disagree among themselves and advocate for behavior that even an Atheist would say the Bible adheres to, then the Truth of God’s Word becomes muddied in the eyes of the non-church world.
In all of this the Truth of God’s Word is being slandered, but none the less, His Word is Truth and it is for our benefit.
“With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.” (2 Peter 2: 18-21)
As I read this I do not believe that Peter is referring to someone who struggles with sin like Paul describes in Romans 7. He is referring to those who say their sexual immorality is not sinful.
As we enter this series we should have an attitude that consists of these thoughts:
- God created everything including us
- God created male and female
- God created sex
- God defines the rules for His creation
- We have no right or authority to argue the creator’s guidelines
We cannot be a believer and follower of Jesus Christ and make up our own rules for our sexuality and expect it to be ok with God Almighty. We cannot swing both ways. We either live according to God’s Word or we don’t.