A Modern View of Sex

One who thinks his thoughts and actions are in keeping with the times because he is thinking and acting like nearly everyone else is not modern at all. The rebellious children of Israel, who became dissatisfied with what they were getting under Moses' leadership, did exactly the same. The Bible says that they complained. "Now our soul is dried away" (Num. 11:6).

When Jesus was on trial before Pilate, the same spirit of the crowd prevailed, and the people cried out (Luke 23:21), "Crucify him, crucify him." Peter too yielded to the pressure of popular opinion and concluded that it would be better to avoid being identified as a follower of the Master. Three times he denied having been with Jesus.

God gave to Moses the Ten Commandments, one of which is to protect the marriage relationship. It is this: "Thou shalt not commit adultery" (Ex. 20:14). Christ Jesus stressed the sanctity of marriage and reemphasized this law. He interpreted it for all time as a demand upon men and women that they should control their inmost thoughts regarding sex, as well as their outward acts. He said (Matt. 5:28), "Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."

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The Two Trees
April 18, 1964

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