Sexual Sin

God created humans as sexual beings. In Genesis, we read of husband and wife becoming “one flesh” (2:24); we also see the Fall’s impact on sexuality, as sin distorts humanity’s desires and corrupts our actions. Scripture addresses sexual sin frankly, from accounts of rape and adultery to prohibitions against lust and fornication. While we don’t find contemporary terms like “sexual harassment,” “pornography,” or “sex trafficking” in Scripture, we do find their ancient corollaries, for sexual sin is as old as humanity itself. Yet alongside Scripture’s depictions of sexual sin, we find accounts of grace and transformation, such as Paul’s discussion of “the sexually immoral,” in which he says, “that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6: 9, 11).

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