I have known some faithful Christian couples who found each other by employing a mate-match service. But last week, I discovered that some online “social media” are providing one-night hookups for adultery, which is the sin of any sex outside the marriage bond between a man and a woman. One embarrassment was from some of the participants’ stories, but the other was from my position as a pastor who needs to pay more attention to what’s going on. Sixteenth century Reformation leader Martin Luther kept abreast of such matters, expressing concern of the appearing of numerous houses of prostitution just after a seminary was established. I also read what some psychologists had to say about such illicit unions. Some report that such continued short-term sexual liaisons may be emotionally damaging to men and women as it may render them incapable of emotionally bonding with the opposite sex. Outside of the Giver of perfect love, we will forge unions because we are left to depending solely on the world for satisfaction, via physical gratification, or need of a bill-payer or offspring-producer. The Biblical Christian is free from guilt of repented sins and is at liberty to love others because their hope is not of this world.
The Holy Bible records consistent condemnations of the practice of sexual sins—those outside of the bonds of marriage and between a man and a woman. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25; 18:20; 19:5, 24-29; Leviticus 18:22; 20:1-27; Matthew 19:1-9; Ephesians 5:22-33, et al.) The apostle Paul, quickly dismissed by theological liberals, warned the Christians at Corinth that all sexual sin is incompatible with the Christian faith, and that no one who does so without repentance will inherit God’s kingdom. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Paul had good reason to be concerned in his day as not only was prostitution legal, but it was also socially acceptable. Paul even encouraged what many current believers blatantly reject regarding fellowship with unrepentant sinners (1 Corinthians 5:9-13) “Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. Purge the evil person from among you.” This is but one foundational Scripture passage supporting church discipline.
None of us knows precisely what is ahead of us, but Biblical Christians do not expect good things here in the immediate future. A parent may accidently find out that her daughter is called “Josh” at school, and that the school nurse has been injecting testosterone and puberty blockers into her daughter, which will give her male characteristics but might very well shorten her life and research indicates that it will likely damage her brain. Parents will not be notified. That is what we get by foolishly thinking that “our religion” is a choice, something optional, and we can ignore, pretend that the Holy Bible is merely a book of suggestions. This is what we pay for acceptance of, as it is written in Latin, “bonum separatum”, to believe it is proper to separate Christianity from institutions which govern our society. Freedom begins with repentance, turning back to our Lord, a new commitment to “non separatum”, allowing no fallen, sinful human “reason” to ever come between us and our Lord. We belong only to Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:18–19). We Christians love others as ourselves and live solely, faithfully for Gloria Deo—Glory to God.