Abuse, Harassment, or Misconduct, no matter what you call it, God had
something to say about it long ago. I am
amazed at the current flood of powerful, influential men who have been outed as
to their egregious and once hidden and protected behavior. Thankfully, our culture still respects the
concept that an individual is to be offered protection from the predatory
practices of those who are in position to coerce one into non-wanted intimate
activity, and to offer justice to those who have been violated. We rightfully respect and support those who
have been victimized, traumatized and objectified.
Unsurprisingly God’s standards are higher than our cultural consensus. In many of the well-publicized cases, the
abuser has claimed that all activity was “consensual.” While that may be an attempt to save one from
legal peril it does not save one from the burden of sin before a Holy God. To be brief, God makes it very clear in the
Bible that sexual activity is his gift to mankind and is to be practiced within
the protection and blessing of marriage between a man and woman. When channeled in the right direction our
God-given passion can bring a loving couple together in guilt-free intimacy
that not only strengthens the bond with a spouse but builds healthy families
that build healthy communities that build healthy societies.
Maybe it is time to say what God had said all along. Obedience to His standards of sexual practice
is to be proclaimed as the norm, not the exception, in a society that wishes to
protect all of its constituents.
Following are a few portions of
Scripture for your consideration.
2 Timothy 2:22
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
You shall not commit adultery.
Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
Is there only one way to heaven? It is a critically important question. The answer is even more important. Rather than hearing my words I recommend that you listen to the Words of our Lord as found in the Bible.
1 Timothy 2:3-6
For this is good and acceptable in the sight
of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge
of the truth. For there is one God and
one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a
ransom for all, to be testified in due time
Nor is there salvation in any other,
for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the
truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through
For if by the one man’s offense death
reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of
the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Therefore, as through one man’s
offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through
one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in
justification of life.
For as by one man’s disobedience many
were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
But this Man, after He had offered one
sacrifice for sin from that time waiting till His enemies are made His
footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being
Therefore I said to you that you will
die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be
sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
And this is eternal life, that they
may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent
For the wages of sin is death, but the
gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
that if you confess with your mouth
the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved.
1 John 5:11-12
And this is the testimony: that God
has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has
life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
So they said, “Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Then He said to them, “Thus it is
written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from
the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be
preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are
witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you;
but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on
And being found in appearance as a
man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death
of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name
which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of
those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that
every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
Rev. 5:9-10, 12, 13
And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and
people and nation,