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Perhaps no area of our walk with God is more challenged by our culture today than the area of sexuality. Having strayed from the truth of God's word, as a society we no longer even know how to define gender. More and more, our culture reflects Paul's warning to the Romans:
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:21-27)
It's interesting that Paul ties sexual immorality so closely to idolatry in this passage. The letters to the churches at Pergamum and at Thyatira also make this association:
I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. (Revelation 2:14-15)
I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. (Revelation 2:20)
Sexual purity, under so much attack in our culture today, is important not only on an individual level but also on a church level. Jesus warned the churches at Pergamum and at Thyatira that their tolerance of sexual immorality was going to result in judgment. These are words that our churches and church leaders today need to take seriously. Perhaps one of the greatest testimonies to the transformation that God brings into a life is the difference that obedience to Scripture makes in our sexual lives.
So, how do we pray for our churches in light of this? Here are a few suggestions: