REV. DR. BOBBY CABOT: Why is sexual sin so tragic?

By REV. DR. BOBBY CABOT
Pastor of the Arcadia and Bear Lake United Methodist United Methodist Churches

Solomon tells a story about a young man sexually enticed by a “religious” woman. The woman uses all in her power to seduce the young man. Her enticement is so thorough that the sense of entrapment becomes lost in the pleasantness of its appeal.

The evil call to sin is wrapped up so beautifully that it fails to look like sin anymore. The fellow doesn’t pray about it, doesn’t struggle and is totally unaware of the trap set for him. Solomon’s story shows us that the devil is so good at deception that we fall precisely because we don’t see the trap coming. Not only don’t we see it, we don’t see it for what it is.

Why does God find sexual sin so vile that He prohibits it in the Ten(der) Commandments? Scripture teaches us that a spiritual bond is made between two human beings when they are sexually intimate. Promiscuity between unmarried men and women violate this bond just as surely as adultery between married folks. The Bible is quite clear: we are to marry one person for life, because when we are united with that person, we literally become one flesh.

And consider this: the Apostle Paul states, “Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will bring ruin upon anyone who ruins this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you Christians are that temple” (1 Co 3:16-17).

When we commit adultery or fornication, we sin against God because our body is His temple now. We become alienated from the holy God who indwells us because we take Jesus with us everywhere we go, even to our beds of fornication.

The death which Solomon talks about encompasses our entire way of being. Our defilement is spiritual because we sin against God and our own body. We risk physical defilement because of the risk of disease which comes with promiscuity. Perhaps no other single sin produces the most painful and dreadful diseases which sexual immorality brings. Our defilement is moral because we break God’s commandment. We risk our relational health because, in the case of adultery, divorce is often the result of our sin. If we manage to prevent divorce, we cannot prevent the death of trust which results. Sexual sin defiles all the ways in which we exist in this world.

How do we survive temptation to sexual sin? It is so strong and deceptive that we need to clearly see the reality of it. Then, the Apostle Paul tells us there is only one way: “Shun fornication. Flee from it!” (1 Co 6:17). In the battle against sexual immorality, there is no defense except flight. Do you remember the story about Joseph and the Pharaoh’s wife? The woman tried to lure Joseph to her bed. He tried to reason with her, but his arguments only emboldened her.

If you stop to think, reason or argue, you may ultimately get drawn in. It only takes a thought or two to lead to an action, so don’t think. Don’t argue. Don’t reason. Run. Protect yourself and never, ever let your heart stray from the path of virtue. There is a right and wrong. There is sin. The ultimate consequence of sin is death. (Ro 6:23).

God did not give us the Ten Commandments to ruin all our fun. His moral code provides instruction for abundant life. The death which results from sexual sin is devastating. It threatens death spiritually, morally, physically and relationally. Run!

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