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Published in the Sullivan County Democrat – September 2004
 Written for Hope Ministries, Inc. Kenoza Lake, NY

Overcoming Sexual Sin

By Pastor Bob Paquet

Sex is one of the most beautiful gifts of God to man and the most abused and perverted.  Its primary purpose is to create, with God, a new human life. That we are able to get tremendous enjoyment, satisfaction, gratification, etc. from sex was certainly intended by God. Our society has become totally engrossed in perverting the meaning and purpose of sex. A report in U.S News and World Report stated that more than $8 billion was spent on pornography in a recent year. Other statistics: Playboy’s website gets 5 million hits a day; there are 72,000 porn sites on the web with about 266 being added each day. It is difficult to find a TV program or commercial that is not exploiting sex. It has been estimated that one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually molested before age 18. Obviously something is wrong. What we do with this gift is our choice – we are responsible. Unlike an animal that is controlled purely by instincts we were created with a free will – with the intelligence to make choices between good and evil.  How does one overcome sexual sin?  By confessing and repenting.  James 1:14-15 says, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. [15] Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”(KJV)  Lust may be defined as, “I want what I want when I want it!” The source of the temptation is our lust which becomes idolatry – our god. Driving forces for sexual sin include: lust for immediate gratification – pornography, prostitution, marital infidelity; lust for man’s approval – a sin of pride; lust for control – I am the director of my life - I make the boundaries; lust to be god – I can do what I want when I want - there is no such thing as moral behavior or right and wrong.  Once we are aware of these “lusts” we must make a choice. Do we continue to let sexual sin control us or do we confess our sin and repent and seek help. James 1:15 says, “...and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Could this mean eternal separation from God?   “... Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders ... will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 NIV) What if the Bible is true?  Hope Ministries is a Christian Counseling ministry and is available to help those struggling with sexual sin. For more information call 845-482-5300.

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