1 Corinthians 6:18
No doubt the cultural “norm” for sexual activity today is a radical departure from the dominant view of generations past. Because of man’s sinful nature, there has been sexual revolt throughout history. The difference today is that what started as cultural seeds of rebellion against a generally biblical view of sex have progressively blossomed and rapidly spread to become the “new normal” for sex today.
What dam broke that unleashed the torrent of this new sexual morality? Biblical authority. The current sexual revolution is a reflection of our culture’s utter abandonment of Scripture. A progressive attack on the credibility of God’s Word, particularly its history, has been chipping away at biblical authority for multiple generations.
In a real sense, when Christians gave up the Bible’s authority in regard to history, we detached the Bible from the real world.
In essence, Christians were saying that the Bible’s right about spiritual things but not really connected to the actual world. Initially, this disconnect was applied to origins, but then progressive generations disconnected the Bible from morality. If the Bible gets something as basic as origins wrong, why trust it with something as “complex” as contemporary morality and sexuality? This has led to multiple generations — inside and outside the church — who don’t truly believe the Bible’s authoritative teaching on history, morality, or sexuality. Thus, it has no tangible bearing on everyday life.
With this in mind, it’s fairly easy to see why so many today, even inside the church, no longer have a biblical worldview on issues like origins, marriage, abortion, and sex. The bottom line is, once you give up the absolute authority of God’s Word, man’s ideas are all you’re left with.
If man determines truth, then which man? Today’s answer: all of them! Without an absolute, objective standard, each person decides their own truth for all things, including sex. How? Well, without a divine revelation outside of ourselves, we’re ultimately guided by our thoughts, feelings, and appetites. Sure, people will listen to the ideas of others through conversations, books, and media. And eventually it will be the individual who will judge all that’s heard and deliver the verdict. That person has now become his own god.
Our present enlightened mantra is “Follow your heart and do what makes you happy!” This is how “free sex” became “normal.”
Each person is encouraged to follow “their heart” and pursue sexual fulfillment however they see fit. But the cataclysmic error with this thinking is plain within Scripture:
the heart of man is deceitful, wicked, and sick (Jeremiah 17:9).
There is a way that seems right to a man, but it ends in destruction (Proverbs 14:12).
This destruction is seen most vividly in the dramatic increase in premarital sex, pornography, abortion, divorce, sex trafficking, and prostitution since the embracing of secular sexuality.
The abandoning of biblical authority left man holding the reins of his sexuality. The result? The current confusion of sexuality and the many destroyed lives in the wake of the Enemy’s lies.