Sex. The Good & Bad.

It’s actually really bad. To be clear, the world’s view on sex is completely, 100 percent different than God’s view.

The world says that pornography is OK.
It tells us to have sex before marriage.
Make sure to move in together.
Listen to what feels good.
You’re only young once.
It’s OK to have an affair, especially if you’re not happy in your marriage.
Sex is purely physical and it’s not a big deal.

But even though the world’s view on sex is so different than God’s view, it often looks good. It’s enticing. It seems right. But in the end God says it leads to death (Proverbs 5:5).

God warns us that this gift of sex is created to be life-giving and wonderful, but if it’s not used properly it can cause so much hurt and pain and regret, because what the world says is good about sex is actually really bad.

3. Stay away

God keeps it simple and he tells us to stay away! Stay away from lies and temptation. When it comes to sex, stay completely away from anything outside of His plan (Proverbs 5:7-8).

This is heavy, right? But God says to stay away, when as humans we do just the opposite. So often we try to get as close to the line as we possibly can.

Whether we’re single or dating, it’s like: Is this ok? How about this?
And we plan on getting married, so is this all right?
And if we are married, can I still look at this? And is it OK to still talk with him or her?
And I’m just flirting, it’s not a big deal.
I’m just going to drive by their house.
I’m just going to see if they’re online.
I’m just going to send a text.

We try to get as close to the line as we can, and we push the limits as far as they’ll go, when what does God say about sex? To stay away!

Staying away means something different for each of us, but I promise you—whether you’re single, dating or married, five years from now or 10 years from now—you’ll never regret listening to God and staying away.

Here’s one last thing I want to leave us with…

These truths about sex are not coming from a killjoy or from a God who wants us to be miserable.

Instead these truths are coming from a loving God. From the one who created sex for us to enjoy. A God who only wants what’s best for his sons and daughters.

On an infinite level this reminds me of my wife and I sitting down with our oldest son to talk about the wonderful gift of sex. Sex isn’t evil! Nothing could actually be further from the truth. We just wanted our son to understand what sex is all about.

Why? Because what God says is good is so incredibly good.

This article originally appeared here.

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Adam lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He likes typewriters, drives a Rambler, cheers for the Cincinnati Bengals, has 4 chickens, and a dog named Daisy. He's the Lead Pastor of Embrace, a 10-year-old church that has grown to 6 campuses in two states.