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On the first day of college, the Dean addressed the students, pointing out some of the rules: “The female dormitory will be out-of-bounds for all male students, and the male dormitory to the female students. Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time.”.
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On the first day of college, the Dean addressed the students, pointing out some of the rules: “The female dormitory will be out-of-bounds for all male students, and the male dormitory to the female students. Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time.”
He continued: “Anybody caught breaking this rule the second time will be fined $60. Being caught a third time will incur a hefty fine of $180. Are there any questions?”At this point, a male student in the crowd inquired: “How much for a season pass?”
We all know that we live in a sexually saturated culture. We’ve come a long way from Victorian America, where bathing suits covered the entire body and where a scandal was seeing a woman’s knee.
In the 1950s, when a young entrepreneur named Hugh Hefner left his job at Fortune magazine to start Playboy, that opened the floodgates of pornography.
Today pornography in the United States is a multibillion dollar industry.
Sexually explicit images are also piped into homes through cable TV, dish networks, and the internet. According to the New York Times one out of four internet users access pornographic web sites.
The average child today first sees porn at age 11 (one study found it to be 8).
Adolescents today receive approximately 14,000 sexualized messages each year.
300,000 children ages 9 – 19 are held captive for use in sexual slavery in the U.S.A.
Every 39 minutes a new pornographic video is being created in the U.S. $3,630,000,000 was spent by Americans in 2006 on pornographic video sales and rentals.
Sex is a powerful force. The advertisers harness it to sell everything from toothpaste to footwear. It’s the source of the big social debates in our day: abortion,
Hollywood sneers at the idea of sexual purity and treats sex as normal as going to the bathroom. They have no respect or awe of this gift from God. Regardless of what they believe, holding to the
The “seductive woman” is literally the “other woman,” e.g. someone other than a man’s wife. How does she seduce her victim? She speaks words of flattery. She appeals to his ego. She’s a “sweet talkers.” Her theme song is, “If loving you is wrong, I don’t ever want to be right.”
The “smooth talker” says, “We’re soon to be married. What’s a piece of paper? We
One of the repeated admonishments of Proverbs is to look down the road and see where our decisions will take us. Is it good or bad? Many have thought they met the man of their dreams only to learn he was their worst nightmare. Sexual sin is a crime of the moment. It is not thinking about the future.
What begins as delicious ends disgusting. Even mild unchastity leaves a bitter aftertaste to the conscience; the sword shows reinforces the idea that grief is the end
Honey represents words of seductive flattery that appeal to the person’s ego. Words like, "You’re special," or "You’re attractive," and "I want you" are words that drip with honey.Sexual temptation is "smoother than oil." The source of temptation says all the right things, but there’s really a hidden agenda. Just like pornography is more about money than it is about sex.
THE TEMPTATION TOLIVE OUTSIDE OF GOD’S BOUNDARIES FOR SEX ALWAYS LOOKS BETTER THAN IT REALLY IS.
Sexual promiscuity takes a heavier toll on women than it does men. Women are more susceptible to STDs than men. For example, a woman is eight times more likely than a man to contract HIV from a single sexual encounter and four times more likely to get gonorrhea when exposed. Women are also more
Death in Proverbs can also mean she never experiences a full and meaningful life. What this woman wants is to be loved and accepted and secure. Her sexual impurity is actually taking her away from what she longs for.
The federal government says sex education should be taught in Kindergarten. Some states have already begun.
Our society is rejecting a moral code that is 2,000 years old. The physical way God has
The farther we have gotten away from the Christian ethic the more we see the rise in sexual crimes, depravity and the diminishing of marriage. Women are as vulgar as men. The dress of the streetwalker has now gone mainstream
You don’t want to end your life full of regrets, nothing but sin and bones,Saying, “Oh, why didn’t I do what they told me? Why did I reject a disciplined life?Why didn’t I listen to my mentors, or take my teachers seriously?My life is ruined! I haven’t one blessed thing to show for my life!”
This father urges his son to steer clear of sexual temptation. Don’t even go down that street, he says. This is the
Then the father lists several of the consequences his son can expect if he gives in to the temptation.
WHEN WE STEP OUTSIDE OF GOD’S BOUNDARIES FOR SEX, WE END UP HURTING OURSELVES.
The basic advice this father has for his son in order to protect him from sexual temptation is to practice self-discipline. If you are on a diet don’t go into a donut shop. Maybe the first time you saw a pornographic magazine it was by accident,
Everything we do is observed by God. Nothing escapes his gaze. God knows our “paths.” Literally, it means wagon tracks. Wagon tracks are made by constant use--referring to our habits. We may think we’ve covered our tracks, but God sees it all.We’re also warned here that our choices have the potential of ensnaring us for the rest of our lives. Like a mouse caught
The point of these final verses seems to be this. OUR CHOICES DETERMINE OUR DESTINY. Our choices in life reflect the road we’ve chosen, and the further we go down that road, the more difficult it is to change to a different road.
God gave us ethical absolutes for our own welfare, to protect us from the kinds of consequences we read about in these verses. God’s sexual boundaries are an expression of his love for the
The previous verses talk about a thief stealing food because he is hungry. They pity him but still require him to pay back what he stole 7X. He escapes with a fine. But the adulterer never escapes. He is sentenced to a lifetime of a disgraceful reputation.
A junior high school in Oregon was recently faced a unique problem in the girl’s bathroom. Each day, when the girls put their lipstick on in the bathroom, they’d press their lips onto the mirror in the bathroom, leaving dozens of little lip prints. Finally the principal decided something had to be done, so he called the girls into the bathroom
He explained that the lip prints were a major problem for the custodian, who had to clean the mirrors every day. To demonstrate how difficult it was, he asked the custodian to clean one of the mirrors. He took out a long handled brush, dipped it into the toilet, and scrubbed the mirror. Since then there haven’t been any lip prints on the mirrors.
Solomon wants his son to see the outcome of not holding to biblical standards of sexual purity. Sexual impurity is like kissing a mirror cleaned with a toilet bowl brush.
Bruce Wilkinson, author of Prayer of Jabez, said:Sexual immorality is a threshold sin. On one side of the threshold is immorality and on the other is purity. On one side are guilt, lying, deceit, addiction, and shame, an on the other side are freedom, honesty, transparency, liberty, and a clear conscience. Believers who are in bondage to immorality find that unless they experience victory in this area, they cannot grow in holiness or serve the Lord with passion and power…”