Please read I Cor. 7:3-5. Abstinence within marriage is permissible for purposes of prayer and fasting. It must be mutually agreed upon by both parties and the time frame for which it lasts should be short, lest Satan tempt that married couple in their incontinency. What would even be the purpose of marrying if you're going to continually abstain? Surely such a marriage will produce no fruit, nor will it protect against sexual sin. Permanent abstinence is for single people, not those that are married.
@ Michael Hranek
Thank you for your comment and your question regarding the storms. Thanks be to God, I am safe. I've seen some of the destruction first hand and it's quite frightening. It makes me meditate on the protection of the Lord as spoken of in Psalm 91.
Old rugged cross wrote: Have a right to choose... To take up her cross. That's the "lifestyle" of the Bible. Nothing in the text says "to take precautions to prevent pregnancy."
Yes, and taking up one's cross requires fleeing and abstaining from fornication (I Cor. 6:18; I Thes. 4:3). It is advisable for most women and men to marry so they can avoid fornication and not burn (I Cor. 7:2,9), and within marriage they are to render due benevolence to one another (I Cor. 7:4).
Once married, should precautions even be taken to prevent pregnancy? That seems to fly in the face of the "be fruitful and multiply" mandate.
Sad News... Sadly, I can see much of my own life mirrored in this segment of Generations. My parents are both professing Christians and still married, so I've not experienced parental divorce. However, my mom thoroughly bought into the worldview that teaching me, her daughter, to be independent at the expense of all else was the whole of the female adult existence. Consequently, it has been a struggle to marry (although I'm not giving up!) and my parents have no grandchildren, so their line may die out. From a Biblical perspective, this is a tragedy. Teaching girls and young women to have an education and a career as a "backup plan" sends the message that men are untrustworthy, unreliable, and unnecessary. These parents may have had good intentions, but if men assume they are not needed, they often withdraw and retreat, leaving women with no one to marry. I know of no Biblical examples of women being called to remain unmarried and live indepedently of men. This contributes greatly to the "lost and lonely world" where "70 percent of young men are still not grown up by age 30" of which you so often speak.
Great Sermon! Indeed, I've heard that there is a distinction between wanting to GET married as opposed to wanting to BE married. These women should be trained by their parents to be willing to be subject to and respect their husbands and know how to keep house. Too often, the Biblical role of a wife is forgotten in the midst of being "princess for a day." It's sad that the wedding industry is so successful in manipulating women and inspiring materialism and covetousness. That, when coupled with the inherent sin nature we all have, is a dangerous combination.
Murder Inc. wrote: But what drives this pent-up demand where American ladies, by the tens of millions, beat a path to the front door of these clinics? Why was the demand nearly zero in the 50s but by 1973, that rate went through the roof?
The fact that, as we go further and further into the last days, America distances herself further and further from God and embraces false gods; namely, "consequence-free" sex. But, of course, there is no such thing. Still, such is life in a post-feminist, post-sexual revolution, post-hook up culture.
I suspect most abortions are sought because of fornication, which is not only un-Christian, but also unladylike.
I went to college largely under pressure from my mom, who was influenced by the feminists and was convinced it was necessary to succeed in a career. However, it has done absolutely nothing for me. I honestly wish I'd never even gone. I have a job as opposed to a "career" and it doesn't even require a college degree. I can hardly think of anything that wastes both time and money (a lot of it!) more than college. If I had a chance at a do over, I would not go. I actually regret that I did.
Rufus wrote: Worldly Counsel: "People need to practice safe sex, like always," Christianson said. "Anyone beginning a new relationship should get tested along with their partner. The way gonorrhea works, not everyone knows they have it. And with this new strain it's even more important than ever to find out." Godly Counsel: 1Â Corinthians 6:18 - Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
You can never go wrong in hearkening unto God's counsel. I would also refer people to I Corinthians 7:2,9; flee from fornication and to marriage. There is no Biblical justification to fornicate; however, prolonged singleness will prove to be a losing battle for the majority of us.
Rufus wrote: Why wait for a man to decide this? Why not just adhere to the Bible and realize the forbidding to marry is a doctrine of devils and that a head of a new testament church is to be the husband of one wife? 1 Timothy 4:1-3 - 1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 1Â Timothy 3:2 - A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
Excellent comment. This matter has already been decided by the Scriptures, and they are the final authority, not the RCC.
Rufus wrote: I've been a zero tv house for over 5 years now. Tremendously liberating and blessed. I'm glad for this trend but if folks eliminate the television but continue watching the programming via other gadgets what have they gained?
Not much; they've simply chosen another media device on which to waste time and be indoctrinated in the world's sinful ways.
It's been four years since I've been TV-less; no looking back!
Great Sermon! Cezar, I stand by my original comment. The fact that people are needlessly and unnecessarily delaying marriage and fornicating in the meantime makes this all the more difficult. And being a follower of Christ in a world that hates Him and His people is not--again, NOT--easy. "Christians" who claim that going against the world's grain is easy are not being realistic. Maybe you married early, and in the Lord; I hope so. Not all of us have been so blessed.
Interesting comments; I am a teetotaler by choice as well, but my Christian testimony has certainly influenced that decision. In addition, I am concerned that if I drank, it could cause a "weaker" brother or sister to stumble. I don't want to be the cause of that.
I know of nothing in Scripture that prohibits the intake of alcohol, but am familiar with the verses some have quoted here warning against drunkenness. I avoid it altogether because I don't even want to risk becoming a drunkard. The loss of credibility to my testimony, the risk of the sin of drunkenness, and, most importantly, blaspheming the Lord's name is simply not worth it.
Great Sermon! I could never excuse or condone assault, rape, and so on, obviously, but should women really expect men to behave chivalrously if we females don't act like ladies? The softness, gentleness, tenderness, and nurturing spirit inherent within femininity has been replaced with aggressiveness, competitiveness, loudness, profaneness, etc. I believe females improve our chances of being treated like ladies when we act like ladies, particularly in the Biblical sense.
I don't know that much about Mr. Walesa (i.e., whether or not he professes to be a Christian), but it is always refreshing to see someone refuse to kowtow to the pressure of the sodomites. It continually amazes me that such a minority wields such power and influence in the media and the pop culture. But alas, they ultimately will not prevail. God will not be mocked.
Thank you! Thank you for this broadcast and for particularly pointing out the protective aspects of marriage as detailed in I Corinthians 7. Indeed, Scriptural study reveals that Christianity protects women and does not demean them.