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Part 7: Sex and Worldview – A Battle For the Soul

Part 7: Sex and Worldview – A Battle For the Soul

Read the other parts of this series here:

Part 1: Secular Sex Values: The New Standard for the World

Part 2: Comprehensive Sex Education, Secular Sex Coming to Your Children

Part 3: The Man Who Changed Morality: Sex Researcher Alfred Kinsey

Part 4: Alfred Kinsey and Cultural Moral Transformation

Part 5: The Power of Biblical Sex

Part 6: The Power of Sex Gone Wrong

Part 7: Sex and Worldview: A Battle for the Soul

Part 8: Summary: How Sex Has Changed the World

 

Sex as a Spiritual Weapon

Sex has been one of Satan’s best weapons.

Secular sexuality has grown exponentially since researcher Alfred Kinsey’s flawed research (based partially on the sexual abuse of children by pedophiles) introduced the idea that sex was simply a physiological response to stimulus, and that sexual pleasure should be found outside of marriage. His efforts to dismantle traditional Judeo-Christian morality – which is based on a model of heterosexuality within the bonds of marriage – with a homosexual model in which any sex goes, have dominated academia, policy, and children’s education.

As a result, children are now indoctrinated with comprehensive sex education – a Kinsey-based model of sexuality which advocates that everyone has the right to sexual pleasure, encourages sexual exploration for fulfillment, separates sex from emotional, spiritual, and familial ties, views gender as fungible but sexual orientation as fixed, and emphasizes the sexual nature of children.

This secular view of sexuality is completely anathema to a biblical view of sex, which was instituted as a part of the comprehensive union between husband and wife, and grounded in the distinct but complementary natures of male and female as mirrors of the attributes of the Creator. Sexuality, within the marriage relationship as created by God, allows people to participate in God’s nature and power, through:

  1. The simultaneous singularity and community experienced by the Trinity
  2. The mutual responsibility (giving/taking) of the Triune God, and
  3. The power to both create new life and nurture that new life into beings who then participate with God.

This power both draws husband and wife to each other, and to God. It has the potential to enhance and fulfill physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Marital sex unifies and connects – husband to wife, husband to God, wife to God, and the marriage relationship (the “one flesh” union) to God. The marriage relationship, and the sexual union within it, has a unique, profound, life-giving power unlike any other human experience.

Conversely, sex, outside of the boundaries for which it was intended – permanent, exclusive, physical/emotional/spiritual union of male and female – carries tremendous power with it in the opposite direction. It separates, disconnects, and damages relationships, and has the potential for physical, emotional, and spiritual destruction. Sexual sin is a uniquely impacting sin whose consequences, by virtue of being against the “temple of the Lord” (the body), are deeper and more profound than other human sins (1 Corinthians 6:18-20). Although forgiveness is the same for repented sexual sin, as with any other sin, the effects of sexual immorality are more significant – with unrepentant sexual sin capable of leading to spiritual death and exclusion from the Kingdom of God.

As a result, sex has been Satan’s best tool for ushering in a secular worldview that is completely opposed to Christ.

Worldview

A worldview is the framework of one’s beliefs about the nature of reality and relationships within that reality. It is the foundation that we use to understand and experience the world in which we live.  It is our worldview that influences how we make decisions, where we spend our money, how we spend our time, for which causes we fight, and how we go about dealing with the problems of life.

Worldviews deal with these basic questions:

  1. Who am I? – What is the nature, task and significance of human beings?
  2. Where am I? What is the origin and nature of the reality in which human beings find themselves?
  3. What’s wrong? – How can we account for the distortion and brokenness in this reality?
  4. What’s the remedy? – How can we alleviate this brokenness, if at all?[1]

And worldviews generally fall into two categories:

  1. Objective Principles– Based on fixed, objective truths that lie outside of humanity. This worldview understands both methods and outcome to be significant, based on how well each embodies the ideals. A Christian worldview falls into this category.
  2. Subjective Pragmatism– Based on subjective, evolving ideals that lie within each person, with an emphasis on the outcome as justification for the methods. A secular, or humanist worldview falls into this category.

To understand how effectively misconstrued sex has inculcated a secular worldview, it is helpful to compare a Christ-Centered Worldview to a Secular Worldview.

Principles of a Christ-Centered Worldview

The following are major principles of a Christian worldview:

  1. There exists an eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, fundamentally good God who created life out of nothing.
  2. God created humans in His image, and for that reason human beings have inherent value.
  3. Humans were given a responsibility to manage and govern over creation.
  4. Mankind is sinful by nature, and this sin separates Him from God, who is holy and perfect.
  5. Jesus Christ, as both human and God, yet sinless, died to pay the price for human sin. Through faith in Christ humans receive justification – forgiveness and righteousness – that bridges the gap between humanity and God.
  6. Christians have a responsibility to share the good news of salvation through Christ with others.
  7. The Bible is God’s truth revealed to man – the inspired word of God. Its teachings are accurate and fully trustworthy, and through it humans can understand God’s will.
  8. The Bible reveals absolute moral truths – right and wrong – which are established by God, according to the nature of God. In other words, something is “good” because it is consistent with the nature of God, and something is “bad” because it runs counter to the nature of God. The closer people live to God’s moral truths, the more fulfilled they will be, and the better life will work.
  9. God loves, cares for, and has a purpose for each person he created. Central to this purpose for every person is a responsibility to love and be obedient to God, and love and serve other people.

Principles of Secular Worldview[2]

The secular, or humanist, worldview that undergirds secular sexuality generally includes the following beliefs:

  1. Man evolved from nature over time, as do laws and mores of society.
  2. Man is the measure of all things – there is not a higher, transcendent reality (or God) above humans.
  3. There are no absolute moral truths (no concrete “right” or “wrong”); morality is subjective, based on experience, and changes according to what has the best consequences for different persons in different situations. “Moral principles are tested by their consequences.”[3]
  4. Any truth about the world is discovered through observation or reason. Faith and belief in the supernatural are rejected for a belief in naturalism.
  5. Each person should be free to find self-fulfillment and self-actualization. Toward this end, there is a focus on “maximization of individual freedom and autonomy”,[4] particularly in the areas of identity and sexuality.
  6. We should establish a pluralistic society based on the principle of “tolerance”, in which diverse interests, lifestyles, and convictions are accommodated without judgment on any being more right or wrong than others.
  7. Human nature is basically good. Any distortion of this good manifested by humans is a reaction to oppressive forces outside the person.
  8. Proposed moral absolutes, particularly those based in religion, are barriers to individual self-fulfillment and well-being and must be opposed.
  9. Man is a part of nature, from which it evolved, and therefore “ecohumanism” – the care of, concern for and reverence for nature as the source of life – is of utmost importance.[5]

It is not difficult to see how these principles are in direct contradiction to the majority of principles of Christianity. And, interestingly, as previous articles addressed, the principles of secular sexuality merge perfectly with the principles of a secular worldview. It is for this reason that sex has become one of Satan’s most effective weapons at drawing people away from Christ.

From Sex to a Secular Worldview

I believe our view and practice of sex keeps us, as a culture, at a distance from Christ, in a particularly unique way. Part 5 addressed the specific ways sexual sin separates us from each other and from God – by perpetuating the sin against one’s own body, the temple of the Lord, in which the Lord dwells. The power that sex has – a power to participate in the nature and essence of God – gives sexual sin the capacity to ensnare like nothing else.

Sex grabs us body, emotions, and spirit. Pleasure is the luscious bait on the hook of self, unless we are constantly swimming against the current toward the Lord. Like a shiny lure for tired, hungry swimmers, sex can be the pleasure that deceives us into living for our own fulfillment. By appealing to our deepest desires for self-gratification, sex draws us in to focusing on ourselves.

An International Planned Parenthood Declaration of Sexual Rights, states is clearly: “Young people … are entitled to sexual pleasure and how to experience different forms of sexual pleasure is important for their health[6]. “What rights does this entitle young people to? Freedom to explore one’s sexuality in a safe and pleasurable way, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity.”[7]

The right to sex. The right to pleasure on our terms. The right to self.

“Self” and “Christ” cannot peacefully co-exist.

Satan has figured this out, so He uses sexual sin to choke out Christ with “self”.

And there it is – a one-stop shop for Satan’s downfall of mankind. The lure of sexual pleasure to focus on self; the focus on self replacing God; self replacing God, leading to a secular view of the world. This secular view of the world then infiltrates every part of life, where the values opposing God reign supreme.

Abortion on demand. No-fault divorce. Reverence of nature over humanity. A de-religionization of public life. Euthanasia of the elderly. Greed that hoards for the few and leaves the many wanting. Children as commodities based on whether or not parents want them. Tyranny over justice. Lies over truth. Sin over purity. Evil over good. Death over life.

Find a secular view of sex, and you will also find a secular worldview underlying it.

But the power of sexual sin to usher in a secular worldview doesn’t do its best work in just individuals. On the contrary, it is when those secular values infiltrate the family – God’s community for nurturing the personhood of future generations – that Satan gains the greatest foothold in the battle for the souls of people. Self replacing God in the family structure helps guarantee that the next generation will maintain a secular worldview.

Reclaiming Sex, Reclaiming Christ

There is an inherent connection between one’s values of sexuality and one’s worldview. Sex has phenomenal power. It was created to be so. Within God’s created boundaries, it has the power to bring about life and fulfillment, and to usher us into the experience of the Lord. But outside of God’s created boundaries, it has the power to bring about death and destruction, and to establish “self” as the reigning principle of life.

Sexual “freedom” is one of Satan’s best lies – a lie that has decimated the physical, emotional, relational and spiritual lives of millions.

Out-of-wedlock births, the destruction of families by divorce, disease, aborted babies, children deprived of a mother or father by way of gay parenting, and the objectification of individuals are just a few of the prices paid for sexual freedom. With the proliferation of easily accessible online porn, sex addiction has become an epidemic; an estimated 9 million people (and growing) qualifying as being addicted to sex. 12-step programs now help sexually addicted individuals regain control over their lives after losing careers, spouses, friends, children, homes, and dignity because of their compulsions. One sex addict reported, ““It really is like that monster you can’t ever fulfill…Both with the porn and the sex, something will be good for a while and then you have to move on to other stuff. ” [8]

Nothing apart from God ever leads to freedom.

  • “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
  • “Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2

What does this mean? It means if we want to be disciples of Christ, we must release our sex lives to His control. It means that no matter our struggles (heterosexual, homosexual, single, unhappily married, etc.), we must reserve sex for only within marriage between a man and a woman, and not rationalize any other alternative for ourselves.

It means that we deny ourselves sexually, if doing so means being obedient to Christ, just as we are required to deny ourselves in every other area of our lives. It means that we cannot compartmentalize sex as simply an innocuous “act”, but must recognize its power to impact our view and experience of others, of the world, and of God. It means we must teach our children a biblical view of sex, and guide them in understanding and channeling its power appropriately to bless the marital relationship. It means we must repent of past sexual sin, and support others struggling with sexual sin as we maintain an awareness of our own culpability. It means we must take intentional, even drastic measures to avoid sexual temptation and maintain sexual purity. It means that we work to create a culture of sexual purity around us, and to bring the light of Christ to those entrapped by sexual darkness.

It means that by reclaiming sex for how God intended it, we help to reclaim the place Christ should have in our lives.

Conclusion

One of Satan’s greatest deceptions is to lead us to believe that sex is inconsequential. And that we have the “right” to sexual pleasure on our terms. He knows the power it holds – and how, when used incorrectly, sex has the ability to bring down the whole of us – body, mind, emotions, and soul. The great Deceiver understands that the power of sex is the power of God versus self. And that when we choose self in sex– “self” begins to overtake every part of who we are and keep us from Christ.

Yes, sex is a gateway to the soul.

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” John 8:31-32.

We must get sex right. In sex, as in everything else – it is only through choosing God’s boundaries that we find true freedom.

A freedom that, if we choose it – will give us fulfillment everlasting of which sexual pleasure on this earth is merely a foretaste.

 


[1] Walsh, B. & Middleton, R. (1984). The transforming vision: shaping a Christian worldview. Downers Grove: IVP. In Gousmett, C. (1996). “Introduction to a Christian Worldview: A Course in Thinking Christianly About the Whole of Life”. Retrieved from http://www.allofliferedeemed.co.uk/Gousmett/CGWorldviewManual.pdf

[2] Kurtz, P. (2010) “Neo-Humanist Statement of Secular Principles and Values: Personal, Progressive, and Planetary”. http://paulkurtz.net/

Kurtz, P. & Wilson, E. (1973). Humanist Manifesto II, http://www.americanhumanist.org/Humanism/Humanist_Manifesto_II

Council for Secular Humanism. http://www.secularhumanism.org/

William Benedict, World View: Secular Humanist. http://www.williambenedict.com/world/index.html\

[5] Kurtz, P. & Wilson, E. (1973). Humanist Manifesto II, Fourteenth Reason. http://www.americanhumanist.org/Humanism/Humanist_Manifesto_II

Kurz, P. (2010). . (2010) “Neo-Humanist Statement of Secular Principles and Values: Personal, Progressive, and Planetary”. Planetary Humanism: Twelfth & Thirteenth Reasons. http://paulkurtz.net/

[6] International Planned Parenthood Federation (2011, April). Exclaim. Young People’s Guide to Sexual Rights: An IPPF Declaration. P. 15. Retrieved from .http://www.ippf.org/NR/rdonlyres/9CDED64D-5750-41A1-994D-E7D35D0F1580/0/Exclaim.pdf

[7] Ibid. p. 21.

[8] Lee, C. (2011, Nov. 25). “The Sex Addiction Epidemic”. Newsweek . In The Daily Beast. Retrieved from http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/11/27/the-sex-addiction-epidemic.html

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