What is wrong with sexual freedom?

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By BibleAsk Team


Sexual Freedom

Some define sexual freedom as the right to believe in and practice whatever a person chooses and that happiness means freedom from restrictions and law. These people seek freedom to satisfy their desires. This kind of thinking was intensified In the 1960’s with the rise of the Sexual Revolution.

At that time, many promoted the engagement in illicit sexual activity (pre-marital, extra-marital, and homosexual sex) through media, literature and education as a form of personal freedom and expression. The slogans of the 1960s exhibited a spirit of rebellion against authority,  “I want to be left free to do whatever I want …”

But instead of experiencing positive consequences, the Sexual Revolution brought about three cultural disasters that have negatively affected America and the world: (1) Breakdown of the family through increased high rate of divorce. (2) Legalization of abortion. (3) Change in the moral fabric of society.

Illicit sexual freedom and activity clearly destroys marriage and has led to the destruction of children—either by legalized abortion or the failure to raise them with good moral standards. Most of the problems of society and the reasons of the present culture war is a direct result of this lack of sexual restraint.

Those that promote sexual freedom are the “politically correct” crowd that generally believe in humanism, atheism and agnosticism. This group doesn’t believe in God, the Bible, and the principles of morality contained in the Ten commandments (Revelation 14:12).

The Bible and Sexual Freedom

The Bible addresses sexual behavior in various contexts throughout its text, presenting a framework that cautions against what modern society might label as “sexual freedom.” Firstly, the Bible frequently emphasizes the sanctity of marriage and the importance of sexual intimacy within its bounds. In the Old Testament, Genesis 2:24 declares, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” This verse establishes the ideal of monogamous, heterosexual marriage as the proper context for sexual relations.

The seventh commandment states, “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). This prohibition covers not only adultery but fornication and every impurity in act, word, and thought. This, our third duty toward our “neighbour,” is to respect and honor the bond upon which the family is based on, that of the marriage relationship.

Additionally, the Bible condemns practices such as homosexuality and incest. Leviticus 18:22 unequivocally states, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” Similarly, Leviticus 20:11-12 prohibits sexual relations with close relatives. These passages indicate that certain forms of sexual expression are deemed sinful according to biblical standards.

Similarly, in the New Testament, Hebrews 13:4 states, “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” These passages suggest that sexual activity outside of marriage, such as premarital sex, adultery, and promiscuity, is viewed as sinful in the biblical framework.

Furthermore, the Bible warns against lustful desires. Jesus, in Matthew 5:28, teaches, “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” This teaching suggests that even internal thoughts and desires that deviate from the standards of purity are morally wrong.

Today, many who have adopted the motto of freedom from religion have hoped that people will naturally choose to do right and that they can be their own judges without any outside authority. These don’t see that our American history of the last decades has proved that unrestrained sexual freedom has only resulted in moral degeneracy and the breakdown of the family and society. The Bible declares, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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