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God’s Sexual Ethic: God’s Plan for the Expression of Sexuality

Transition into Reading-
Sexual Truthes —Adapted from my introduction to Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, pp. 12-13.
Sex is created by God (“by him all things were created”—).
Sex continues to exist by the will of Christ (“in him all things hold together”—).
Sex is caused by God (he “works all things according to the counsel of his will”—).
Sex is subject to Christ (“he put all things under his feet”—).
Sex is being made new by Christ (“Behold, I am making all things new”—).
Sex is good (“everything created by God is good”—).
Sex is lawful in the context of marriage (“all things are lawful”—).S
Sex is to be done for the glory of God (“whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”—).
Sex works together for the good of God’s children (“for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”—).
Sex is a cause for thanksgiving (“nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving”—).
Sex is to be sanctified by the Word of God and prayer (“everything . . . is made holy by the word of God and prayer”—).
Sex can be enslaving and its entrapment must be resisted (“I will not be enslaved by anything”—).
Sex should not be an occasion for grumbling (“do all things without grumbling”—)
Sex should be an occasion for rejoicing in the Lord (“rejoice in the Lord always”—).
Sex should be an occasion of contentment in the Lord (“having all contentment in all things at all times”— mg.).
Sex should be engaged in with holiness and honor (“each one of you [is to] know how to control his own body [KJV: “possess his vessel”; RSV: “take a wife for himself”] in holiness and honor”—).
Sex should usually not be withheld from one’s spouse (do not “deprive one another [sexually], except perhaps by agreement for a limited time,” that they might devote themselves to prayer—. But then they are commanded to “come together again [sexually], so that Satan may not tempt [them] because of [their] lack of self-control”—).
Sex can be both pure and impure in this fallen world (“To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled”—).
I think about what does it mean to be an image bearer of a holy God. The Bible’s ethic are part of the overall goodness of Bible. The Bible’s truth, beauty and the Bible’s realistic understanding that we are not good if we simply do what we feel like

Outline

1. Address Current Ideas? Sample
2. Purpose:
Emphasize One-Flesh Union
3. Our Way Forward
Obedience
Jane Eyre Quote/Martin Luther Quote
Obedience

Intro

Let’s open to and the first 5 verses

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Leviticus 18:1–5 NASB95
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘I am the Lord your God. ‘You shall not do what is done in the land of Egypt where you lived, nor are you to do what is done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you; you shall not walk in their statutes. ‘You are to perform My judgments and keep My statutes, to live in accord with them; I am the Lord your God. ‘So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the Lord.
18:6-18, No person could have sexual relations with a woman who was a close relative by blood or by marriage
18:6-18, No person could have sexual relations with a woman who was a close relative by blood or by marriage
18:6-18, No person could have sexual relations with a woman who was a close relative by blood or by marriage
18:19-23, No person could not participate in unlawful and immoral practices
We see that God cares and the hedge that he seeks to build for us, keeping sex in its proper context…but what else is there to know?

Three Prevailing and Competing Ideas that are popular in our Christian culture and the wider culture (Keller)

Sex is just an appetite to be quenched or satisfied
Sex is dirty or bad
Sex is for my individual benefit
Expressions of the 1st and 3rd idea are seen in the often thought of and sometimes verbalized question - “How far can I go?”
How far can I go? and still feel what I wanted? Not feel convicted? Not making the other person say no? So that I have an “acceptable amount of experience?”
This question is loaded with so many assumptions, but most egregiously in the 1st and 3rd idea on the slide
We see these assumptions in our attitudes
How far can I go? ...and still feel what I wanted? ...Not feel convicted? …and not have the other person say no? …so that I have an “acceptable amount of experience before marriage?”
How far can I go is the start of a question that we do not often finish. How would you finish this question? What is it that we believe about sex?
The 2nd idea is why we struggle to talk about it at all. Having sexual desire is seen as bad, a foreign or undesirable consequence of living in this fallen world.

All three of those ideas are wrong...

Sex is more than an appetite or a desire akin to food or water. Nobody dies for lack of sex. But it also satisfies other needs and is itself .
Sex is great and helpful for the married couple engaged in it regularly.
Sex is to be for the mutual benefit of both parties
Before we go further, I want to just stop you right there and share that all I am concerned about concerning this Sex topic is where do I go from where I am at.
I am dealing with shame about my past
I am dealing with shame about not having a past to be shameful of
Convince me that I am doing something wrong when or if I get my next chance
As long as I have not done that thing, the one thing, I am good! We are not here to condemn past behavior but to inform current thought and drive future behavior.
Here is the bar that I want to set for you today...

I believe our 3 main issues with our bad ideas about Sex are:

Not having a clear enough picture of God’s idea of sex (purpose and function)
How far can I go until the other person does stop?
Not being reassured enough about the goodness of that picture
Not having a realistic expectation that what God wants, I can do
We going to talk about sex and sexuality today.
Seeking to answer the question, “What is God’s Agenda for Sex?”
What is God’s Agenda for Sex?
We often forget that he thought it was a good idea - Except like with many things we take his great ideas and still see them as great when we remove them from the context they were made for.
Sex was made by God to be enjoyed by a husband and wife in the confines of a committed, monogamous, “one-flesh” marriage!
It was not made for any other context!
Much like man was made to be in a covenant relationship with God, which ordered and informed the rest of His relationships.
Man was not made to live in any other context!
**need another example for a 3rd option (cake for lunch, cake for breakfast)
The context for sex is very small
**draw a box with the word sex in it on the board**
Our world has added and justified ourselves to misrepresent and misunderstand the purpose and function of sex that God made.
We are image bearers of a Holy God - “We want to look like God in our sexuality”
I believe our 3 main issues with this topic is:
Not having a clear enough picture of God’s idea of sex (purpose and function)
Not being reassured enough about the goodness of that picture
Not having a realistic expectation that what God wants, I can do
The New American Commentary: Leviticus (2) Sexual Regulations and the Family (18:6–18)

The important phrase used in defining incest, lĕḡallôt ʿerwâ, means literally to “uncover the nakedness.” Because the man and his wife are “one flesh,” to uncover the nakedness of one’s spouse in essence exposed his partner. After the fall of man nakedness was always associated with shame, which is a marked contrast to the state of Adam and Eve before the intrusion of sin

Sex is for His Glory and For Our Good

Sex is a Gift From Him - and when it is done well and in the correct context, like all things he has made and given - it is awesome!
2. For Our Good - too often our view of sex is one-sided. What I can get out of it, what it will gain me, I like this. It is meant to be a two-person transaction, and not agreed upon good but all the good that God designed.
Ephesians 5:31 NASB95
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.
“In other words, marriage is a union between two people so profound that they virtually become a new, single person. The word “united” (in older translations, “to cleave”) means “to make a binding covenant or contract.” This covenant brings every aspect of two persons’ lives together. They essentially merge into a single legal, social, economic unit. They lose much of their independence. In love they donate themselves, wholly, to the other.
To call the marriage “one flesh,” then, means that sex is understood as both a sign of that personal, legal union and a means to accomplish it. The Bible says don’t unite with someone physically unless you are also willing to unite with the person emotionally, personally, socially, economically, and legally. Don’t become physically naked and vulnerable to the other person without becoming vulnerable in every other way, because you have given up your freedom and bound yourself in marriage. Then, once you have given yourself in marriage, sex is a way of maintaining and deepening that union as the years go by. “
Ephesians
-Tim Keller, Sex and Marriage, The Meaning of Marriage, pg. 223
Song of Solomon 8:4 NASB95
“I want you to swear, O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not arouse or awaken my love Until she pleases.”
“Sex is God’s appointed way for two people to reciprocally say to one another, “I belong completely, permanently and exclusively to you.” You must not use sex to say anything less than that.”
-Tim Keller, Sex and Marriage, The Meaning of Marriage, pg. 223
Proverbs 5:15–19 NASB95
Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well. Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth. As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.
Proverbs 5:15-
Proverbs 5:15–23 NASB95
Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well. Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth. As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love. For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner? For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, And He watches all his paths. His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin. He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
Proverbs 5:15–20 NASB95
Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well. Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth. As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love. For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
“We struggle so much with desire often thinking wrongly that we struggle because we have too high a view of sex, when in fact our view is too low. Sex as pleasure only, discounts the detail and context of the design. Sexual activity outside of marriage is like eating frosting. I mean its frosting - but that’s all it is - and you generally wish that you hadn’t. Why? Cause there is so much missing that is supposed to be included, except you don’t know that because you have never had it with cake.”
Sex has three purposes:
Procreational
Adds to the social and relational dimension of the husband-wife relationship
For the public good
Christopher Ash says the following about Keeping Sex within the context of marriage
“encompasses the benefits of ordered and regulated sexual relationships in human society. Undisciplined and disordered sexual behavior must be restrained, for it carries with it a high social and personal cost in family breakdown, destructive jealousies, resentments, bitterness and hurt. Ordered behavior is to be encouraged because this has benefits that extend beyond the couple to children, neighbors and the wider networks of relational society.”
Kostenberger, Andreas J.. God, Marriage, and Family (Second Edition): Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation . Crossway. Kindle Edition.
Kostenberger, Andreas J.. God, Marriage, and Family (Second Edition): Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation . Crossway. Kindle Edition.
“Sex is great and we must protect it - Sexual desire and pleasure are God’s design, what is not is “disordered sexual desire and pleasure.”
Jon Stonestreet
Sexual desire and pleasure are God’s design , what is not is “disordered sexual desire and pleasure.”
Kostenberger, Andreas J.. God, Marriage, and Family (Second Edition): Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation . Crossway. Kindle Edition.
Leviticus 18
Leviticus 18:1–5 NASB95
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘I am the Lord your God. ‘You shall not do what is done in the land of Egypt where you lived, nor are you to do what is done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you; you shall not walk in their statutes. ‘You are to perform My judgments and keep My statutes, to live in accord with them; I am the Lord your God. ‘So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the Lord.
18:6-18, No person could have sexual relations with a woman who was a close relative by blood or by marriage
18:19-23, No person could not participate in unlawful and immoral practices
“Sex is driven by the worship of the heart. [When we indulge in sexual activity outside of marriage] I am either worshipping myself, and I will use the body of another person to get my pleasure or I’m worshipping sex, and I will ask sexuality to deliver me what it cannot deliver. Sex will never make me content. Sex will never give me lasting happiness. Sex will never give me identity or meaning and purpose. Sex will never give me life. Sex will never be my personal savior. If I worship God, the question I ask in my sexuality is not just, “Does this please me?” because if that’s the only question I ask, I’m a dangerous person, I will use other people, and I will do things that I should not do to get my pleasure. I must be asking, “the God who designed this, what pleases Him in this area?” “How can I live in my sexual life in a way that pleases God?””
Paul David Tripp on Sexuality and Desire
Sex -
“Sex is driven by the worship of the heart. In sexuality, I am either worshipping myself, and I will use the body of another person to get my pleasure or I’m worshipping sex, and I will ask sexuality to deliver me what it cannot deliver. Sex will never make me content. Sex will never give me lasting happiness. Sex will never give me identity or meaning and purpose. Sex will never give me life. Sex will never be my personal savior or I’m worshipping God. And so the Dquestion I ask in my sexuality is not just, “Does this please me?” because if that’s the only question I ask, I’m dangerous person, I will use other people, and I will do things that I should not do to get my pleasure. I must be asking, “the God who designed this, what pleases Him in this area?” “How can I live in my sexual life in a way that pleases God?””
G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, 103.
Speaking of Obedience to Christ’s commands-
Speaking of Obedience to Christ’s commands-
Sex is created by God (“by him all things were created”—).
Sex continues to exist by the will of Christ (“in him all things hold together”—).
Sex is caused by God (he “works all things according to the counsel of his will”—).
Sex is subject to Christ (“he put all things under his feet”—).
Sex is being made new by Christ (“Behold, I am making all things new”—).
Sex is good (“everything created by God is good”—).
Sex is lawful in the context of marriage (“all things are lawful”—).S
Sex is to be done for the glory of God (“whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”—).
Sex works together for the good of God’s children (“for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”—).
Sex is a cause for thanksgiving (“nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving”—).
Sex is to be sanctified by the Word of God and prayer (“everything . . . is made holy by the word of God and prayer”—).
Sex can be enslaving and its entrapment must be resisted (“I will not be enslaved by anything”—).
Sex should not be an occasion for grumbling (“do all things without grumbling”—)
Sex should be an occasion for rejoicing in the Lord (“rejoice in the Lord always”—).
Sex should be an occasion of contentment in the Lord (“having all contentment in all things at all times”— mg.).
Sex should be engaged in with holiness and honor (“each one of you [is to] know how to control his own body [KJV: “possess his vessel”; RSV: “take a wife for himself”] in holiness and honor”—).
Sex should usually not be withheld from one’s spouse (do not “deprive one another [sexually], except perhaps by agreement for a limited time,” that they might devote themselves to prayer—. But then they are commanded to “come together again [sexually], so that Satan may not tempt [them] because of [their] lack of self-control”—).
Sex can be both pure and impure in this fallen world (“To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled”—).
Speaking of Obedience to Christ’s commands-
“When we climb out of bed to meet with God in his word and prayer instead of claiming thirty extra minutes of sleep, God has given us a blessing already. When we refuse to indulge an illicit sexual desire by looking, clicking, or touching, a gift has fallen from heaven. When we confess sin to someone, instead of hiding for another week, God has moved in us and for us. When we do not dishonor our brothers or sisters behind their back, but instead bless them and pray for them, God has delivered us from temptation with a fresh experience of his grace.”
Marshall Segal “Let Obedience Fall from Heaven”
I haven’t done the thing. I have only “fooled around.” Let’s call it what it is. Its pre-sex. Foreplay. That makes it grosser right?
Pre-sex is supposed to lead to sex. There is a reason that you wound up where you did, and that it felt natural because it was. But it wasn’t time, and its not supposed to be the two of you getting into any of that. Not yet anyway.
Fooling around can be a bit like being alone with a bunch of snack food. Not sure how that happened, I regret what I got into, Its kind of awkward, didn’t mean to...it just sorta happened.
How we rationalize after the fact:
If you are scared you won’t know how, you will
Part 1
If you are some how concerned with being “compatible,” you are
If you think that you need some experience, you don’t
I wanna or We’re gonna or I like you like that is not a substitute for I do
If you think he won’t like it if you draw boundaries - just remember, everyone loves it when you slam on the brakes. It is better for everyone to decide it ain’t going to happen. Then no one is surprised.
Still indomitable was the reply--"I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man. I will hold to the principles received by me when I was sane, and not mad--as I am now. Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth? They have a worth--so I have always believed; and if I cannot believe it now, it is because I am insane--quite insane: with my veins running fire, and my heart beating faster than I can count its throbs. Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations, are all I have at this hour to stand by: there I plant my foot. I did"
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

“Conviction will keep you chaste and conviction will return you there.”

The first issue with Christians failing in this area is the ease of going back to where you have gone. You have wandered down the path. And while you wandered you cleared a trail with your machete. Moving forward this route will be easier to navigate. I know how to get there - I wonder where else we can go and not end up at the “destination.”
Second, as we seek to not return to the place we have been, you now know and have experiences to miss. Let’s say that the destination is Disney World. Disney World is easier to wait for when you haven’t been to the park. When you have been, you know what you are missing. God says you are only supposed to go the park with your wife. Official life partners only.
But someone may say, I have been a bunch and I love it every time. I would say to you, you should have gone with your wife like you were supposed to it would have been better. It will be better when you do.
For the rest - just wait. Don’t travel there until its time.
Song of Solomon 8:4 NASB95
“I want you to swear, O daughters of Jerusalem, Do not arouse or awaken my love Until she pleases.”

Sex vs. Fooling Around

Sex vs. Fooling Around

I haven’t done the thing. I have only “fooled around.” Let’s call it what it is. Its pre-sex. Foreplay. That makes it grosser right?
Pre-sex is supposed to lead to sex. There is a reason that you wound up where you did, and that it felt natural because it was. But it wasn’t time, and its not supposed to be the two of you getting into any of that. Not yet anyway.
Fooling around can be a bit like being alone with a bunch of snack food. Not sure how that happened, I regret what I got into, Its kind of awkward, didn’t mean to...it just sorta happened.
How we rationalize after the fact:
If you are scared you won’t know how, you will
If you are some how concerned with being “compatible,” you are
If you think that you need some experience, you don’t
I wanna or We’re gonna or I like you like that is not a substitute for I do
If you think he won’t like it if you draw boundaries - just remember, everyone loves it when you slam on the brakes. It is better for everyone to decide it ain’t going to happen. Then no one is surprised.
“and while he spoke my very conscience and reason turned traitors against me, and charged me with crime in resisting him. They spoke almost as loud as Feeling: and that clamoured wildly. "Oh, comply!" it said. "Think of his misery; think of his danger--look at his state when left alone; remember his headlong nature; consider the recklessness following on despair--soothe him; save him; love him; tell him you love him and will be his. Who in the world cares for YOU? or who will be injured by what you do?"
Still indomitable was the reply--"I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man. I will hold to the principles received by me when I was sane, and not mad--as I am now. Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth? They have a worth--so I have always believed; and if I cannot believe it now, it is because I am insane--quite insane: with my veins running fire, and my heart beating faster than I can count its throbs. Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations, are all I have at this hour to stand by: there I plant my foot. I did"
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
The character of Jane in the novel is speaking of obedience
Speaking of Obedience to Christ’s commands-and how God works in our experiences
“When we climb out of bed to meet with God in his word and prayer instead of claiming thirty extra minutes of sleep, God has given us a blessing already. When we refuse to indulge an illicit sexual desire by looking, clicking, or touching, a gift has fallen from heaven. When we confess sin to someone, instead of hiding for another week, God has moved in us and for us. When we do not dishonor our brothers or sisters behind their back, but instead bless them and pray for them, God has delivered us from temptation with a fresh experience of his grace.”
Marshall Segal “Let Obedience Fall from Heaven”
Psalm 119:56 NASB95
This has become mine, That I observe Your precepts.
“The blessing has fallen on me, that I have kept your precepts.” I have received every promise you sought to give through obedience to you.
Philippians 2:12–13 NASB95
So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
God is at work in me, meaning he is working with me to enable and encourage me to be obedient to Him. This is what is meant by the paraclete or helper (Holy Spirit)
Philippians 2
1 Corinthians 15:10 NASB95
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
God labors with us in our obedience by providing us with grace (power) to be obedient to what He call us to do
1 Corinthians 15
Matthew 6:13 NASB95
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
we need God to lead us away from ourselves and help us into obedience. This is the work of the Holy Spirit if we would simply join Him in this work.
Hebrews 12:1–2 NASB95
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus example was obedience for the sake of joy. He did not see obedience as an obstacle to his happiness he saw it as a means to great joy. Then joy of winning forgiveness for us all.
John 15:10–11 NASB95
“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
Joy is linked with obedience. When I was younger I couldn’t see this link because I was too worried about getting my own way and not worried enough about what God thought was good. Now obedience brings me joy because I see the goodness of all his commands. At some point I stopped asking why because I didn’t need to know any more. I trusted the law giver, the Lord, The Savior. He had won my heart! I trust Him! He has proven himself time after time. I no longer have to fight. I believe Him! I want your joy to be full in every aspect of your life with God. We do not have joy because we are withholding obedience to His commands. The only way to experience this is to be obedient.
Close:
Video
Sex is created by God (“by him all things were created”—).
Sex continues to exist by the will of Christ (“in him all things hold together”—).
Sex is caused by God (he “works all things according to the counsel of his will”—).
Sex is subject to Christ (“he put all things under his feet”—).
Sex is being made new by Christ (“Behold, I am making all things new”—).
Sex is good (“everything created by God is good”—).
Sex is lawful in the context of marriage (“all things are lawful”—).S
Sex is to be done for the glory of God (“whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”—).
Sex works together for the good of God’s children (“for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”—).
Sex is a cause for thanksgiving (“nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving”—).
Sex is to be sanctified by the Word of God and prayer (“everything . . . is made holy by the word of God and prayer”—).
Sex can be enslaving and its entrapment must be resisted (“I will not be enslaved by anything”—).
Sex should not be an occasion for grumbling (“do all things without grumbling”—)
Sex should be an occasion for rejoicing in the Lord (“rejoice in the Lord always”—).
Sex should be an occasion of contentment in the Lord (“having all contentment in all things at all times”— mg.).
Sex should be engaged in with holiness and honor (“each one of you [is to] know how to control his own body [KJV: “possess his vessel”; RSV: “take a wife for himself”] in holiness and honor”—).
Sex should usually not be withheld from one’s spouse (do not “deprive one another [sexually], except perhaps by agreement for a limited time,” that they might devote themselves to prayer—. But then they are commanded to “come together again [sexually], so that Satan may not tempt [them] because of [their] lack of self-control”—).
Sex can be both pure and impure in this fallen world (“To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled”—).
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