Hebrews 13:4 – Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
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In the days of the Old Testament, when the poetic Hebrew love story of the Song of Songs was written, God’s people were surrounded and seduced by all sorts of sexual sin, much like we face today. There were fertility cults in which business, spirituality, and sex were integrated into one demonic, worldly system, not unlike the porn and adult entertainment industry of our day.
The Canaanite demon gods were believed to be naked sexual beings who were to be worshipped through sex and erotic, pornographic poetry. Their vile blend of debased sexuality and demonic spirituality included large Ashtoreth poles. These were male phallic symbols used as advertisements to draw people from miles around to enjoy sex without boundaries as part of worship. It was common for ancient worship to include temples that were the equivalent of a brothel and strip club, complete with male and female prostitutes. Other world religions such as Hinduism historically have also had prostitutes as part of their demonic worship and sensual discipleship guides like the Kama Sutra.
In the days of the New Testament, things were not any better. Greek culture, which predominated the Roman Empire, encouraged older men to groom young boys for sex. The cities in which Christianity spread were filled with perverted sexuality married to demonic spirituality. This included temples in cities like Corinth where the demonic fertility goddess Aphrodite had over a thousand male and female prostitutes waiting to have sex without limits. This explains why Paul’s letter to the Corinthians instructs Christians not to have sex with a close relative or a person of the same sex, engage in orgies, fornicate by living and sleeping together before marriage, commit adulterous sex outside of marriage, abandon their God-given sex and gender by cross-dressing, or return to having sex at the pagan temples. These new Christians in Paul’s day were exposed to the same kind of gender spectrum tolerance and diversity sex education in the name of pride that inundates people in our own day. The demons at work in the past continue their work in the present. Thankfully, the Bible is not old but timeless and, therefore, always timely.
Have you seen similarities between the sexual sin referenced in the Bible and today’s culture? How can you fight against the culture of the world in your relationships and/or marriage?
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