by Andrew McQuitty

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God's Sanity for Your Sexuality (7 of 10)
Andrew McQuitty
Exodus 20:14

''People make all kinds of choices in their lives. Some drink. Some smoke. Some eat too much. That wasn't me. My pleasure was being with women'' (Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson).

Introduction: what's wrong with sex between unmarried adults?

In his book, The Myth of Greener Grass, J. Allan Petersen tells of a woman who was at lunch with eleven other women. They had been studying French while their children were in nursery school. One woman asked the group, ''How many of you have been faithful to your husbands throughout your marriage?'' Only one woman at the table raised her hand. That evening, this woman told her husband the story and added that she, herself, had not raised her hand. Seeing his suddenly concerned look, she quickly added, ''But I have been faithful.'' ''Then why didn't you raise your hand?'' her husband asked. ''I was ashamed,'' she replied. What are we coming to when we have to feel embarrassed by fidelity? In times past the burden of shame fell on those who broke their vows. Today, that has changed.

An impartial observer of our culture would have to conclude that our preoccupation with sex has turned into a kind of uncontrolled insanity. 70% of husbands and 50% of wives in a recent survey admitted to unfaithfulness to their spouse. 70% of all sexual situations on TV occur between unmarried people. Promiscuity has accordingly become the expected norm for our youth, over 70% of whom have had sexual intercourse by the time they reach age 18. Things really are all gummed up. It's like one Jr Hi boy wrote:

''I realize that I am no longer a child. I am an adult and it is up to me to assume the responsibilities of adultery.''

Into this torrid flood of moral confusion comes God's sanity for your sexuality as it is so simply and powerfully stated in Exodus 20.14: ''You shall not commit adultery.'' Scholars tell us this command was particularly intended to protect th ...

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