How God’s grace conquers sexual immorality | Voice

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Fornication and adultery occur when people give into temptation, whereas followers of Christ are called to “flee from sexual immorality” (1 Cor. 6:18). Scripture declares: “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure” (Hebrews 13:8). Sexual purity requires daily vigilance.

No one is immune from temptation. For example, King David became consumed with lust when from the roof of his palace he saw a beautiful woman bathing. He proceeded to commit adultery with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-5). 

Thomas Fuller was a 17th-century British scholar and preacher who said, “Our eyes, when gazing on sinful objects, are out of their calling, and out of God’s keeping.”

The Pandora’s box of sexual lust includes both heterosexual and homosexual proclivities. A recent Gallup poll reveals that 7.1% of U.S. adults now identify as something other than heterosexual, which is double the percentage from 2012. 

More than 1 in 5 Generation Z adults now identify as LGBTQ, and more than half of LGBTQ Americans (57%) identify as bisexual. Between 2015 and 2019, the percentage of 15-17-year-olds who said they identified as “non-heterosexual” rose from 8.3% to 11.7%. 

Dr. Andrew Adesman is chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Adesman is uncertain if the rapid rise represents a “true increase,” or instead, reflects “greater comfort by teens to acknowledge a non-heterosexual identity on an anonymous questionnaire.” After all, the intense fear of being labeled a bigot is widespread among young people today. 

One thing is certain: sexual lust tends to become all-consuming when acted upon. Scripture describes those who get swept away by the strong current of sexual sin. “Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more” (Ephesians 4:19). 


How God’s grace conquers sexual immorality | Voice

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