by John and Ruth Greene
“And as they did not determine within themselves to know Elohim, YAHWEH has given them over to a vain [reprobate, worthless] mind; that they might do what they ought not, having been filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, iniquity, covetousness, malice, being full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, evil habits, becoming whisperers, slanderers, haters of YAHWEH, insolent, proud, braggarts, inventors of evil things, weak minded, disobedient to parents, without discernment, covenant breakers, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful, who knowing the righteous judgment of YAHWEH, that those practicing such things He condemns to death, not only do they do them, but they also associate with those who practice them.” – Romans 1:28-32, HRB
You can see that there is quite a list of qualities of the world that your Heavenly Father will give you up to when you persist with sin. In the eyes of mankind, these sins are not measured the same. Perhaps the specter of sexual sin is considered by some to be so destructive because that sin involves more than one person and is so damaging. The bottom line is that in the eyes of man, these sins are not measured the same. In the eyes of your Heavenly Father, these sins are on the same list. Is this strange? Could it be argued that all these sins affect the lives of others? (“Understanding Sin“; “Being Set Apart Makes You Aware of Sin“; “Scriptures – Qodesh, Being Set Apart“)
Among the greatest problems that mankind has is sexual sin or “porneia” in Greek. “Porneia” applies to any sexual act whether incest, homosexuality, premarital sex or adultery…if it involves a sex act outside of marriage, that is “porneia”, exactly what the Messiah [Yahshua, Jesus] and the Bible writers refer to time and time again in scripture. Why is sexual sin such a problem? Let’s face it, sex feels good to lots of people and people love to do what feels good or comes naturally to them. Sexual sin twists the mind in often unexpected ways for all involved. Sexual sin shatters the commitment of marriage, whether real or intended. Sexual sin destroys the sanctity of the family. Sexual sin spreads disease and works against the physical well-being of all involved. (“Thinking of Love“; “Real Love“; “Porneia: Conduct of Disciples in the Sexual Realm“; “Homosexuality: Sex and Personal Identity Crisis“; “Sex is Marriage“)
Yet, what do you find? Sexual activity outside of marriage is widely available and fully approved by many. This approval of sexual lifestyle as a life base is easy and may be considered as lots of fun in a world full of pain. To the world, this kind of sin is generally quite attractive and even represents the idea of freedom itself. The truth reveals something else entirely. The evidence shows that any sexual lifestyle outside of marriage in reality hides deep tragedy and hurt behind the scenes. With the glitzy outer appearance and the promise of a good time with no harm done, it can be easy to overlook the dark underbelly of sexual sin. (“Romantic Attachments: Sin & Righteousness“; “Deception: The Plague of Love Detachment“; “Secession of the Heart“)
The city of Las Vegas has been running a television commercial lately showing the devil and an angel carousing with women and winking at each other while having a good time partying. “What happens here stays here.” The message is clear. “Do all that you want because it won’t leave Las Vegas”. Is that really true? I think you know better. This marketing ad shows the times that you and I are living in.
Why would YHWH warn against a sexual lifestyle from outright prostitution to premarital sex to incest to homosexuality? Is your Heavenly Father simply a cosmic killjoy? (“Pursue Righteousness“; “YHWH: The Choice to Stay Loyal“)
“Professing to be wise, they became foolish and changed the glory of the incorruptible Elohim into a likeness of an image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things. Because of this, YAHWEH gave them up to filthy lusts of their hearts, and their bodies to be dishonored among themselves, who changed the truth of YAHWEH into the lie, and worshiped and served the created thing more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Because of this, YAHWEH gave them up to dishonorable passions, for even their females changed the natural use of their sex to that contrary to nature. And so also their males forsook the use of females, which is natural, and burned with lust toward one another, male with male, they did what is shameful, and received in themselves the just recompense of their error.” – Romans 1:22-27, HRB
By taking into account everything that scripture has to say, it is simple to see that Elohim has good reasons. He wants the best for his kids. He wants his kids to be pure of heart. He wants his kids to be disease free. He wants his kids to free of the tragedy that a sexual lifestyle brings. In short, YHWH wants His people to stay clear from building a nation of sex goddesses and temples to sexual sin. (“The Modern Life Culture Crisis“; “Understanding Sin“; “The Importance of Practical Repentance“)