We are going to look at a few sexual immoral activities:
5.1 Adultery is a sin before God “You must not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14(NLT)
Adultery is the act of sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife, or sexual intercourse between a married woman and someone other than her husband. Adultery violates the bond of the marriage union. “Give honour to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery” (Hebrews 13:4). “Do not defile yourself by having sexual intercourse with your neighbor’s wife”. Leviticus 18:20 (NLT)
5.2 Fornication / Premarital sex is a sin before God
Fornication is a sexual misconduct or sexual impurity outside of the bounds of marriage. Fornication is sleeping with a man or woman that you are not married to. It is when you sleep with a man that is the father of your child or children, but you are not married to him. When you have a boyfriend or girlfriend and engage in sexual intercourse. When you stay with someone who has just paid a portion of dowry (“lobola”), for you. Engaging in sexual immorality without a marriage certificate, even if you have been together for a long time and you have kids together, is called cohabitation. You are a fornicator, even if you are old. It is fornication, and you are committing a sin before God. “But Fornication, and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as you become saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient...” (Ephesians 5:3-5 KJV)
Now that you are a new creation, the Spirit of God resides inside of you. You are a temple of the Holy Ghost. “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification that ye should abstain from Fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour…” (1Thessalonians 4:3-4) KJV
- Masturbation is a sinful act stimulated by lust
Masturbation is the stimulation of one’s own genitals, which is most often accompanied by lustful thoughts. Many men and women stimulate their minds with mental fantasies or pornographic imagery to accompany their masturbation, and these are practices that violate the Biblical principle that we should focus our minds on what is good, doing all to the glory of God. This is a sin before God.
- Homosexuality is an abomination before God.
This is an erotic attraction to persons of one’s own sex. Homosexuality includes sexual thoughts, feelings, fantasies, and overt sexual acts with same-sex partners. A homosexual act is any behaviour that involves engaging, even occasionally, in sexually stimulating actions with another person of the same sex. Both males are called gays and both females are called lesbians. “Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22).
Solutions for Sexual immorality
As we have seen, fornication, adultery, lust, and other forms of non-marital sex are condemned in the Scripture and described as sin. As a Christian, you are obliged to forsake sin and follow the teachings of Christ. Attempting to maintain a Christian life while engaging in sinful sexual practices is a contradiction. If the sexual immorality continues, one’s spiritual vitality and influence are certain to decline. Sin must be confessed and forsaken if one is to expect spiritual growth and avoid spiritual stagnation. This is a clear statement, abstain, and stop adultery today. Stop Fornication. Leave that man or woman. You can only stay together once you are married and have a marriage certificate. Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Stop sexual immorality today.
Offer your body as a Holy sacrifice
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, * I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice- the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t imitate the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect”. (Romans 12:1-2) NLT
God wants us to offer ourselves, as living sacrifices daily laying aside our energy and resources at His disposal and trusting Him to guide us. We do this out of gratitude that our sins have been forgiven. God has good, pleasing and perfect plans for His children.