SAFER SEX?

Stephen Eckstein

With the onset of the epidemic of AIDS, a new strain of gonorrhea and other sexually related diseases that plague America and the world, society has resorted to a new gimmick to fool the ignorant and destroy the simple. Government and public officials supported by some from the medical profession have urged the widespread use of prophylactics to lessen the spread of these dread maladies. This is a tacit admission that people are going to engage in promiscuous sexual encounters regardless of the risks involved or the consequences suffered. The real tragedy is that already so many have fallen for the deception of Satan and many more will be slain by their arch enemy. But let us look at this deception more closely.

First, the assumption that sex relationships outside of the Divine marriage arrangement are acceptable is a folly of the greatest magnitude. The Bible states the true picture in honest forthright language. "Be not deceived. God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life" (Gal. 6:6-7). Homosexuality is a sin (Lev. 20:13). Adultery is a sin (Exodus 20:14) and whoever commits the same has no sense and destroys himself (Proverbs 6:32). Fornication is a sin (Gal. 5:19). Bestiality is a sin (Lev. 20:15-16). Rape is a sin (Deut. 22:25-27). Prostitution is a sin (1 Cor. 6:15-18). Incest is a sin (1 Cor. 5). Those who persist in these sins shall not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6.9-10; Gal. 5:19-21). They shall suffer the second death graphically portrayed in Revelation 21:8.

Second, the concept that one can break the commandments of God with impunity is also a folly of the highest order. No one has ever broken the commands of God and escaped the guilt and consequences of their sin. The Bible records many instances of such by nations and those of individuals. Sodom was destroyed by the cataclysm of heavenly fire for its many sins (Genesis 19). Israel engaged in immorality in Moab and saw 24,000 swept away by a plague (Numbers 25:1-9). David committed adultery and followed it with murder. He and Israel suffered many consequences as a result (2 Samuel 12:7-14). Ammon raped Tamar and was later murdered by Absalom (2 Samuel 13). No one has ever broken God's commands. Men simply BREAK THEMSELVES ON GOD'S COMMANDS. All the commandments are still here centuries and millenniums after those who did their own thing lie in marked and unmarked tombs around the world.

Third, the so called momentary pleasures of these illicit sexual forays are offset by a life-long sense of a lack of fulfillment. Who can measure the sorrow, heartache, and inner misery that wrenches the souls of the guilty? Who can relate the consequences suffered in every area of life? Those who are honest and bare their souls freely admit that the fear of disease haunts them continually. Such fear often turns them from being happy, open people to recluses who retire within themselves hoping no one will discover them. Others try to put on a front that they are the "real" people of society. But the camouflage is too artificial. Those who are unmarried and have been promiscuous do not know what to do. If they tell a prospective marriage partner, they risk rejection; if they don't tell about their affairs, they always wonder if it will come out after the ceremony. Honesty is a bedrock foundation for a true marriage.

Fourth, those who contract disease suffer far more and longer in the body for the illegal momentary gratification of the flesh. Gonorrhea is rampant in our society. Syphilis has quadrupled in Los Angeles. Only the persons who experience the horrors of sexual sins know the misery of the guilty. Disease knows no boundaries attacking the single and married. Fornicators get it. Adulterous mates can and do infect their unsuspecting wives and husbands. Guilt and consequences rage; families are divided and often end in homicides. Those who contract AIDS begin the slow death of the body which houses the anguished soul. The gospel of Jesus Christ can cleanse the soul of the genuine believer who is born again of the water and spirit, but the body of death must claim its victim before the threescore and ten years. Innumerable additional cases could be cited of human beings ravaged by fear, pain, sorrow and death.

The crass stupidity of sinful man sanctioning and advocating "safer sex" is a paradox of the late 20th century. How utterly incomprehensible is the great emphasis on eliminating smoking from commercial aircraft and public buildings, prohibition of nuclear waste and radiation, pollution of air and water, an all out war on drugs while simultaneously accelerating the foolish into sexual wreck and ruin. How blind are those who will not see.

THE SOLUTION

Christians should do all in their power to repudiate the "safer sex lie". We must be lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Phi. 2:15). Husbands and wives must hold marriage in high esteem before our observing youth. We must portray that which is beautiful, attractive and pure. We must be models or examples who stand out in direct contrast to the sleazy, corrupt and deviant behavior blatantly set forth in society and in many aspects of the media. Let us challenge our youth to become a modern generation of Joseph's who do not succumb to the peer pressures of a pagan world, but who will stand in God's strength and the power of His might. May their number increase and become legion. Remember, you and God are a majority! As my father said many times "Do something TODAY you can rejoice about TOMORROW."

The only sex is the sex of God's arrangement holy, pure, beautiful the physical sexual bond between husband and wife with its emotional, intellectual and moral components based on the great spiritual foundation of Jesus Christ. This is the divine way safe sex, true sex, joyful sex, real sex. Experience Proverbs 5:18-19 whether you have been married one day or fifty years. All else is fool's gold!