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to married couples for enjoyment and

to replenish the earth.

3. Sex was not created for couples

outside of a marriage relationship. In

fact, the Bible calls fornication (sex

before marriage) sin and goes on to

say that anyone who practices

fornication will not inherit the

kingdom of God. (See I Cor 6:9-10.)

As much as sex is a gift of

God, it can also bring an

immense amount of

emotional pain to those

who refuse to heed

God’s guidelines. Not

only does it affect the

one who commits the

sin, but it also affects



family members, and

friends, who may be

totally innocent in the matter. Whenever

you and I walk away from God’s original

plan of living out our lives and do it our

own way, we will pay the consequences.

There is no way around it. We will reap

what we sow.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked:

for whatsoever a man soweth, that

shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).

Look at your own life! Look at people

around you! Many of us have been

deceived into thinking that somehow we

will get away with sin, somehow the

Lord will overlook, wink at us and let us

slip by. It is a lie, my friend! There is no

such thing! “

God is not mocked: for

whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he

also reap.”

Sadly, many young people refuse to

listen to the message of

saving sex for


. Later in their marriage, the

couple will suffer the awful consequences

of disobeying God, and their children

will also. Why is it so difficult to follow

God’s simple guidelines?

4. Every culture in the world, including

Amish and Mennonite communities, is

affected by the sin of sexual

wickedness. A man does not have

to watch sex-filled movies,




games, or be

around women




dressed to fall






I’d like to share something with you that

I’ve learned in the past 10 years. It

appears the more legalistic or rigid a

person becomes with man-made rules,

the more he will struggle with

masturbation, incest, fornication, and yes,

even sex with animals. Rigid and

unnecessary rules can lead to depression.

Depression can lead to sexual

wickedness. It is not uncommon for the

three (rules, depression, and sexual

wickedness) to go hand in hand.

The final reason I want to discuss the

topic of sex is something that has

recently happened in America.

5. On Friday, June 26, 2015, the highest

court in our country, the Supreme Court,

passed a law that all 50 states in the





marriages. This means it is now lawful

for men to marry men and women to

marry women. If you or I openly refuse

to cater to gay people, we become law

breakers. The court now has the right to

punish a person for hate speech by

putting him or her in prison.

Hate speech is speech that offends,

threatens, or insults groups, based on

race, color, religion, national origin,

sexual orientation, disability, or other


For the rest of the article, I’d like to

discuss the Supreme Court ruling and

same sex marriages.

You might be thinking that since I’m


The Supreme Court ruling will not have

any effect on me or my family.

I’m separated from the world around me

and have my own rules to go by; I don’t

have to submit to the government laws.

My family and I are protected from all

the stuff that goes on in the outside

world. They (the outside world) need

police, judges, lawyers, and prisons. We


As you reflect on these things, it might

give you reason to feel puffed up and

think of yourself as a little bit better than

outsiders. Should you or I feel that way,

let me remind both of us what the Lord

says in His Word:

There is none righteous, no, not

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