Posted by: Jeff Warren | April 24, 2007

Did he say, “Get naked!?”

Yes, I really did.  I may be the first pastor to tell his listeners to “get naked”.  We were in the midst of a series of messages on “Pure Sex”.  I was describing much of what I try to do is to keep single adults and our youth out of bed together and our married adults in the bed together.  That’s when I admonished all of the married couples to “get naked”.  I got a few “amens” from some eager to obey the Lord’s command to be fruitful and multiply.  I’m sure some were thinking, “Here am Lord, send me.”  Professor Howard Hendricks (at DTS) recently said, “In the midst of a generation screaming for answers, Christians are stuttering.”  I would suggest we are stuttering at best.  Mostly we’re silent, and I can promise that Satan is not.  John 8:44 says he is the “father of lies” and he’s been lying for generations and we are reaping the tragic results of a satanic attack upon our families and our culture.  In contrast, in John 8:33, Jesus says, “the truth will set you free.”  The truth about sex must be shared.  “Everyone else is talking about sex.  If we remain silent about sex with our children and teens (and adults) then we’re the only ones.”    Here’s what we’ve been learning: The very first temptation had to do with our sexuality.  In Genesis 2 and 3 we see the story of the fall and how Adam and Eve, prior to the fall were “both naked and unashamed”.  After they sinned against God they felt a need to cover themselves.  Why? Because our sexuality is Satan’s easiest door to shame.  Shame is a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace.  If blame says, “I did something wrong.”  Shame says, “I am wrong.”  Many have lived with shame for years and it has impacted your life more than you can realize.  We’ve noted that some things grow in the dark (fungus, mushrooms) and shame.  It must be brought into the light or it will not stop growing.  That’s why we need to speak about sexual shame.  We all have it; we just need to talk about it. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 teaches us a few things about “pure sex”. 1. Godly sex begins with Godly thinking.  2. Your “bod” belongs to God.  3. Sex is like glue.  4. Sexual sin runs deep.   Let me ask you the two shameful questions that we’re trying to be courageous enough to address: What seed of sexual shame has Satan planted in your life?  What dangerous and painful covering are you hiding behind?  As you think about sexual shame and start what may be a new path toward purity always remember that Our God is a God of grace.   I love what He tells us in Job: “Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.” Job 11:13-16 (N.I.V.)  


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