“For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,” (2 Timothy 3:2-4)
Have we become immune, desensitized to blatant nudity and sexual provocativeness in our society? I believe so. It seems that more and more in our world that everywhere we turn someone is getting naked, some woman is revealing her private body which is only meant for her husband, for all the world to see. There is no question our country, much less the world, is addicted to sex, more than addicted, we have become drunk on lust.
It seems like every tv show, television commercial or news program is glorifying nudity or sexual immorality today. The truth is we’ve become desensitized to perversion and immoral themes to which once was considered shameful to display, we’ve become accepting of it. The envelope seems to keep being pushed further and further well past the breaking point, so I ask the question which seems to be the only logical one to ask, what’s next? What’s the next “big shock”? Who will be the next celebrity to shock moral America? The fact is, there is no more moral America for the moral code that once guided this nation has been blurred beyond recognition. The truth is, what we’re seeing now in our culture is an “anything goes” mentality. Women display their breasts openly and proudly, men are aroused and the sexual promiscuity becomes worshiped as once more our society takes yet another step to Hedonism.
Even in the church, preachers and even popular pastors are using nudity, elements of sexual stimulation (visual) have found itself in many of the pulpits across America. Even a popular TBN preacher is now on a reality tv show called “Sex Box”, (source) where couples go inside a small enclosed area (box) and have sexual intercourse while the world watches, they come out to a 3 judge panel, one of which is a TBN preacher, who gives “advice” to the couple AFTER they have just had sex before a live studio audience – you cannot make this stuff up. The reality is this is where we are at today both in our nation as well as in the church.
When young preachers state that they don’t believe oral sex (or other sexual experimentation) is not sinful, when young preachers state that being gratified by their girlfriend is covered by the blood under grace, we have got ourselves a problem! This is the result of what I call “quack theology”, which is a theology being taught by quacks who call themselves “pastors” who have a liberal foundation of Christianity and who give license to sin, all under the guise of grace. This is heresy.
The truth is, anything sexual between a man or woman who are NOT married, be it oral sex, heavy petting, french kissing, “copping a feel” – is SIN! Any young preacher who considers himself called of God better take extra care how they conduct themselves, for even Paul reminded us in his letters that there is to be NO sexual immorality found in the body of Christ, especially preachers who know better.
These things that we’re seeing right now are actually symbolic of a more deeper issue and that is the spirit of antichrist. The spirit of perversion where this culture is celebrating homosexuality, where we are no longer shocked when a young girl like say Miley Cirus takes her top off for all the world to see, where walking into a shopping mall to see Victoria’s “Secrets” exposed is destroying this nation’s youth, it’s destroying men who stumble at the drop of a bra, where it devalues the image of woman and treats women as objects to be objectified and sexualized as nothing more than sexual gratification for others and cast off when someone else younger comes along. We reap what we sow. This nation is reaping the sins of its youth which can be traced back to the sexual revolution of the 60’s, and now its affecting the church.
Ours is to follow Christ. Ours is to follow modesty, morality and reject anything which is provocative, immoral, lustful and which would lead the believer into sexual sin. There must be a line drawn, there must be a mandate for us all to follow, and that line, that mandate is the word of God.