Proverbs 22:28 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.
Right now in the USA there are major reforms in immigration. Controlling our borders is a major issue. Many wars have been waged over borders and ancient boundary markers. Land means money. Boundaries mean control. However they also mean security. Though annoying, security in the airport is a big deal, and I am very grateful it is taken seriously.
God has set up some major ancient boundaries when it comes to our sexual lives:
#1- No Sex Before Marriage
Sex was God’s idea designed for marriage. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5 encourages us to stay away from sexual sin and control our own bodies. When I do premarital counseling with a couple who is having sex, it is very different from the one who is not. The wedding day is different. It is pure!
#2- No Dating or Marrying Unbelievers
2 Corinthians 6:14 There are not good people and bad people. There are only lost people and found people. Lost people still walk in darkness, and as believers we are to share Jesus with them but not be pursuing intimate relationship with them.
#3- Homosexuality is a Sin
Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Homosexuality is not the “unpardonable” sin, in fact it is not greater than lust, pornography, or sex before marriage. It is still a sin, and, like all sexual sin, it has the power to destroy you. God is working for you, and the enemy is working to destroy you.
#4- No Sexual Touching (outside of marriage)
1 Corinthians 7:1. In teenage world, I get asked all the time “How far is too far?” What they are really asking is how close to sin can I get without making God angry and making me feel guilty. The better question is how far from sin can I get, to not get caught in its trap? Also, masturbation alway has lust attached to it, and Jesus said lust is the same as adultery. Run from sexual sin!
#5-No Lustful Thinking
Matthew 5:27-28, Job 31:1, 2 Timothy 2:22. Purity is about the heart and not just our hands. In sexual sin, people ALWAYS get hurt. This is not a victimless crime! Run from sexual sin, stop feeding your sinful nature.
#6- Avoid Immoral Friends
1 Corinthians 5:9. Do not have friendship with people who claim to follow Jesus and live sexually immoral lives. Notice I did not talk about people who do not claim to follow Jesus. Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future. The closest people you have to you shape the most important parts of your life.
Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Being a Vital Man is impossible if you do not RUN FROM SEXUAL SIN! Go be Vital