There is great protection knowing Scripture.
God gave us His Word as armor, which is protection.
Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. —Ephesians 6:11
Knowing what is sin, what to avoid, is a great gift from God. He tells us ahead of time what is right and wrong. All we have to do is read His Word. Otherwise we fall prey to Satan’s schemes.
There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in misery and chains, because they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. —Psalm 107:10-11
In today’s verse we find that the beginning of the most devastating of sins starts with not acknowledging that God is God. If we no longer believe that it is God Who determines what is right and wrong, if we look to anything else on earth to meet our needs, guide our thoughts and actions, then we can begin a long, downward spiral that may ultimately end with homosexual behavior. The Bible clearly warns us that homosexual behavior is a choice, not a human trait. In fact the entire passage, Romans 1:18-32, is an eye-opening warning of the consequences of sin.
The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Thy servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward. —Psalm 19:7-11
Satan usually fills the void when God’s Word is abandoned. That’s a steep price to pay when we’ve been lovingly warned all along.
My prayers to you for having the courage to answer the question recently about masturbation. However, I think you should have expanded on the first part of your response that “anything goes” in marriage (Hebrews 13:4).
Please clarify the statement about “anything goes” in marriage. My wife believes that there are certain sexual acts between a husband and wife that are sinful. I would tend to agree with her, but we differ on where we each draw the line as to what is sinful. That can create tensions in the marriage relationship. How does one approach defining what is acceptable between a husband and wife?
Obviously we’re not about to get into specifics, but if a man does all he can to please his wife (1 Corinthians 7:33) and a woman does all she can to please her husband (1 Corinthians 7:34), there won’t be a problem.
but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and his interests are divided. The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
We would suggest that any couple who wants to know what God has to say on sex and marriage should together do a verse-by-verse, word-by-word study of the Song of Solomon.
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