There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever - the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another.
1 Corinthians 6:16-18
Sex is a beautiful thing designed and created by God to be enjoyed in the confines of marriage between a husband and wife. The Bible is perfectly clear on God’s vision for sex. Sex is a gift given to us in trust that binds two souls together as one. It is so powerful, that it’s only safe when contained within a marriage. When taken out of the context of marriage, sex can twist our self-perception and spiral us into deeper sin.
God instructs us not to have sex outside of marriage, not because He’s some cosmic killjoy, but because He has our best interest in mind. Marriage is God’s way of protecting something that is sacred. And since God created sex, He knows how destructive it can be when it’s done in the wrong context, which is why He set very specific boundaries for it within marriage. Any sexual act outside of the covenant of marriage dishonors God because it leads to false intimacy, which causes long-term emotional and spiritual wounds.
We live in a society where sex is reduced to just something that feels good, a pleasure that no one should be denied of, or another form of recreation or socialization. Young people have been led to believe that their virginity is worthless and something they should get rid of as soon as they get the chance. But God says it’s special and it’s a gift that can only be shared with one person. Sex is the ultimate act of commitment, intimacy, bond, romance and reproduction. When two souls are fused together through a sexual act without the protection and commitment of a marriage, it results in a lot of pain, heartache, guilt and shame when the relationship falls apart.
Sexual immorality covers a broad range of sinful activity that leads to serious issues like STDs, teen pregnancy, broken homes, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and pornography. Porn is one of the biggest industries in the world today and it fuels prostitution and sex trafficking. Many of the women in pornographic pictures and videos are sex slaves themselves, so indulging in pornography is participating in sex slavery; it’s a perversion of God's children and His design for intimacy in a marriage.
God is not against sex - it was His idea in the first place! But it's not something that should be taken casually, and we sin against Him when we engage in sexual behavior that He forbids.
The good news is God’s scandalous grace covers all of our wrongs when we repent of our sins. Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more in Jesus Christ. If you've been guilty of sexual sin, that's not the end of your story and you are not beyond God's forgiveness. A repentant heart opens the door to healing, restoration and newness in Christ. God is willing and able to cleanse us and purify us in His eyes, and this is the very core of the Gospel.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17