As much as it pains me to say it, in our culture today, there is no such thing as committed sex; it is casual sex. Since 1960, the rate of marriage has been declining steadily and here now in what is best described as a low-commitment culture of “sex without strings and relationship without rings.” To go a step further, by the age of 18, over 75 percent of those who never attend church and almost 53 percent of those who do attend church weekly are no longer virgins. So as we look at our text in I Thessalonians 4, keep one thing in mind. The sex drive is God-given and there is nothing wrong with sex. It is just that God-given sex should be God-guided sex. God has a plan, a place, and a purpose for sex. When that plan is followed and that purpose is fulfilled, that is when sex is best. You’ve got to remember – It is God’s will that you don’t say, “I will” until you say, “I do.” God not only wants what is best for you, but He wants it when it is best for you, and when you get it, He wants it to be the best it can be. This can be true for you if you align yourself with the following three statements.
Over the course of four weeks, we are going to be diving into some of the most hot- button issues in our culture today. Specifically, we’re going to look at what the Bible has to say about each of these issues so that we can make sure we are aligning our minds and hearts with the truth of God’s Word rather than just going along with what is popular in culture. As we all consistently face the temptation to fall in with the opinions of those around us, my prayer is that this series will help us gain confidence in what is true according to our Heavenly Father so that we can stand strong in our faith and in our beliefs when we’re challenged with culture’s distortion of the truth.