What is sex? What is "sexy"? Is sex wrong of itself? God created sex, did He make a mistake, is He against sex? What about Satan's influence in this world's trend from miniskirt to the see-through nude look? Where is it all headed, where will it stop? What is the standard, what are the principles of God's Word, the Bible? How are you involved, and what can you do about it?
SEX, MONEY, RELIGION! People are interested in these subjects. Yet there is more confusion regarding them than any other three subjects known to mankind. Even definitions seem debatable. Who sets the standards, whose opinion counts; who makes the final judgment? Many wars have been fought over religion. Religion and money (trade, possessions, power) put together just about sum up the cause of all warfare. But what about sex? Has sex caused any wars? Many a battle has been fought over the honor or dishonor of a woman, it is true. They say Helen of Troy had a face that launched a thousand ships, but has any nation gone to war for the sake of sex?
This Is War!
There is a great war, with battles being fought every day, a war with all the intrigue, sorrow and casualties of a real war, a war that involves every living human being every day, and has since the Garden of Eden was closed to mankind. It's a war unnoticed by most, and it is based on sex. It is not the "battle between the sexes" it is not hate-sex, Victorian prudery versus wild, loose, hedonistic immorality: these campaigns are both losers! In this war there are far too many casualties, far too many wounded and even dead (literally). They are casualties because of ignorance! Nobody wants to suffer! Nobody wants to die! Few want to cause others to suffer and die. Yet daily millions suffer and thousands die in this sex war! All in ignorance not even aware there is a war! In all too many cases the individual is fighting on the enemy's side! The war rages and the gullible victim believes all the battle slogans of the enemy! The armies meet to do battle and we poor human beings, divided as we are, fight and destroy one another with hardly a blow dealt to the real enemy, and our house crumbles and begins to fall as all divided houses must. All BECAUSE OF IGNORANCE! DON'T BE IGNORANT ANY LONGER! Let's recognize there is a war! Let's identify the enemy! Let's define a course of action and execute a battle plan — LET'S WIN FOR ONCE! Without keeping you in suspense, without making a game out of this article, without pulling any punches, let us define things the way they are, and then prove the definition in the following pages. If you disagree with the definition, please have the courtesy and the intellectual curiosity to hold your judgment until you have read the entire article. In the beginning God created mankind. God created them male and female (Gen. 1:26-27). The male, Adam, was created first, then God with deliberate, loving, intelligent forethought created the female, Eve (Gen. 2:18-23). Eve was different from Adam, but of the same kind. Adam and Eve were married (Gen. 2:24).They lived together as husband and wife (Gen. 2:25). This was good! They did not suffer nor die. They had not yet sinned! At this point Satan entered the pictured. This was no surprise to God, He anticipated it, He allowed it! Before we go further we must understand briefly who this Satan is, because he (and his world) is the enemy! God is the Supreme Being. God is One, but He is One Family! There are two members of this Family revealed to us. God the Father and Jesus Christ, who is God the Son. These two were together before there was a beginning (John 1:1). God is Creator. He began His creation by bringing into being a vast host of spirit beings to help Him, to serve Him in bringing to fruition the purpose for which He was making the Creation. Highest in rank among these spirit servants were the Cherubs. (Forget the world's idea of a Cherub as a sweet-face, plump-bodied child with wings — if you want to know what a Cherub really looks like read the first and tenth chapters of Ezekiel). One of these Cherubs was named Lucifer (light bringer). He was created perfect, but in the process of time rebelled against his Creator (Ezk 28:15) and so introduced what we now call "sin" — a breaking of law (I John 3:4) — an imperfection. When Lucifer became the original sinner by committing the original sin, God changed his name to fit his changed character. Since that time he has been known as Satan (adversary) — or by other names fitting his nature such as Devil (slanderer), Abaddon in the Hebrew and Apollyon in the Greek, both of which mean destroyer. The form of rebellion this sinning Cherub took was to try to be God in the stead of God! He left his responsibility of taking care of this earth (Jude 6) an stormed the Heaven of God's throne to conquer God by force. Satan jealously desired to be God! (Isa. 14:12-14). And so Satan "fell" because of his "original sin" and he became an unregenerate adversary to God and His plan (Luke 10:18).
Satan Goes to War
Again in the process of time, the creation mentioned in Genesis one took place. The very creation of mankind sent Satan into another fit of anger, and he's been at war, waging it by every means possible ever since! The cause of Satan's great anger was the very purpose of creation: God is reproducing Himself (John 3:3-6; Rom. 8:5-17, 29; I John 3:1-2). Even today Satan's minister (II Cor. 11:14-15) get upset at this doctrine, shout "Blasphemy!" and are ready to fight anyone who would believe this glorious truth, just like Satan's synagogue reacted to Jesus when He was here in the flesh preaching this doctrine (John 10:31-36). Satan had failed in his plan to go to Heaven and become like the Most High (Isa. 14:14). Now he saw puny, fleshly human beings with all their weaknesses, blobs of temporarily living protoplasm made from the dust of the ground (Gen. 2:7) — not a powerful, splendid, beautiful, gifted, wise spirit being like himself (before he sinned) he saw ordinary Adam offered the potential of Godship! If Adam and his wife Eve followed through on God's offer, they, these human beings would become God Beings! They would exercise authority and control over him, Satan (I Cor. 6:3)! Satan was incensed — SATAN DECLARED WAR! What's that got to do with sex? Plenty! Not sex only, every other facet of human life has been attacked and perverted also. But sex was and is a chief target because the proper understanding of it leads us to the cause of Satan's anger and to the potential glory offered to human beings, the GLORY OF GOD HIMSELF!
Pysical Explains Spiritual
We understand the spiritual things from revelation and from the patterns of the physical things God has created (Rom. 1:20). It is through the human family that we understand the God family, God the Father, Christ the Son. Physically, sex is what makes the family possible. The Church is called the Bride of Christ, He's going to marry her at His second coming. The Church (Jerusalem above) is also called the "mother of us all" (Gal. 4:26).We human beings are like an egg, capable of being impregnated by God's Holy Spirit from the Father, sheltered, schooled, protected in the "mother of us all" by the Father and the Son until we are ready to be born again, full Spirit Beings in God's Family. (Be sure to read the Personal From The Editor in this issue — Mr. Armstrong explains this point in greater detail.) Satan was never offered this opportunity, nor any angel. Angels are not capable of marriage or reproduction (Matt. 22:30). Angels were never offered a position in the Family, the Kingdom of God, human beings are! That's why you were born! So Satan set about to pervert, distort, smear, ridicule, over-emphasize or de-emphasize, malign, put out of focus that hated instrument of God: sex. In deceiving Eve, Satan mixed truth "ye shall be as gods" (Gen. 3:5) with a lie — "ye shall not surely die." (Gen. 3:4.) He tempted her to eat of that fruit (and Adam ate with her) of the knowledge of good and evil! Immediately they noticed they were "naked" (Gen. 3:7) and they "sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons" (Gen. 3:7). What before had not made them ashamed (Gen. 2:25) now seemed evil to them, their bodies were the same, the change was in their minds. "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled." (Titus 1:15.) Now they began to see the wrong uses to which their bodies could be put, the knowledge of evil was now present to besmirch the good. Satan, using the element of surprise, using his cunning, subtle wiles struck the first blow in the war — mankind fought back with human reason and a scientific lust (Gen. 3:6), and LOST THE FIRST BATTLE! Because that same knowledge of evil was passed on to their children, mankind has been suffering ever since, groping in a sea of ignorant, evil knowledge from which only the pure, sweet truth of God can set us free! "Sex (seks). n. 1. the character of being either male or female: persons of different sexes. 2. the sum of the anatomical and physiological differences with reference to which the male and the female are distinguished, or the phenomena depending on these differences. The above is the definition found in the 1968 edition of The American College Dictionary. The very essence of sex is the difference! The French had a saying "Vive la difference" — "Long live the difference!" And every healthy society agrees. Both the male and the female are created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27).Both the male and the female are "heirs together of the grace of life" (I Peer 3:7) — that is, both are offered salvation, can become born into the Family of God! Yet, obviously, from the beginning there has been a distinct difference: sex. That difference created and then bound together the human family. Adam was not complete by himself. God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet (fitting, proper) for him" (Gen. 2:18). Then, God showed all the different forms of animal life to Adam, to prove and demonstrate that none of the animal kingdom was fitting or proper for him as a mate! (See Lev. 18:23.) How very happy Adam was when he woke from his sleep and first saw that woman, Eve, who was to share his life for hundreds of years, bear him many children, be bound with him as one flesh through all the sufferings and the joys of life! As they would "be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth" (Gen. 1:28) they would understand how God Himself in a spiritual plane could add to His Glorious Family, begetting and bringing to birth Spirit Sons! Somehow Satan had to pervert, discredit, malign this precious, beautiful, divinely ordained difference; he had two basic ways to do this: 1) deny sex as a good gift from God. Vilify sex! Make it seem evil of itself, a shameful thing to be endured for the carrying on of the race, but best avoided at all cost. This doctrine he began with, instilling in Adam and Eve a sense of shame regarding their bodies, as we have already seen. In short, to espouse super-prudery, develop a society of celibacy! And, 2) Satan could so accent and focus human minds on sex, their bodies, every sensation, every fleshly desire, within and without the bounds of marriage, perverting and twisting desire to make men "love" men and women "love" women. He could degenerate sex to the lowest ebb, causing mankind to even cohabit with beasts! He could now, pervert and decay the body, bend and destroy from the mind any possible truth from God that sex could show. In short, create a hedonistic immorality which would in the end destroy society just as surely as if everyone became a celibate! Teach the people to worship sex, and so have another God before the True God, worship the creation instead of the Creator; destroy the knowledge and purpose of God! As time progressed, Satan waged his war with mankind on these two major fronts — whichever seemed the most helpful to him at the time, often using both in different places at the same time.
Attitude Is the Key
Satan through this deception got our first parents believing a spiritual lie (that they had immortal souls that were going to live forever — "thou shall not surely die") and a physical lie, that their basically "good" immortal soul was imprisoned and bound in a vile, evil prison: the human body. He put into their minds the sense of shame and guilt toward sex — made them feel themselves "naked." When Adam spoke his fear to his Maker, God immediately asked him, "Who told thee that thou were naked?" (Gen. 3:11.) Who, God wanted to know, had given them the sense of guilt and shame about sex? God hadn't! Satan did! Lest there be any who might misunderstand, let us say that there is absolutely nothing here to justify nudism, or to teach that human beings were designed by God to live in an unclothed condition for all generations to come. Clothing is not the question here, but the attitude toward sex. Adam and Eve were husband and wife, had nothing to hide from one another. There were no other human beings on earth at that time, no children, and no neighbors. To cover one's self in public is a cardinal rule of public decency underlined in every Biblical precept related to the subject. But the attitude Satan inspired, the evil was that he made them feel shameful, cheap, degraded, nasty, vile, made them feel they had something to hide! To hide is not to just cover! The feeling, attitude, connotation is entirely different. The Hebrew word God inspires in this narrative when He clothed Adam and Eve is labasb , meaning to clothe, to adorn or decorate even display (Gen. 3:20-31)! Moses did not use the Hebrew word kasab, which means to conceal nakedness, to hide, indicating an undercurrent of evil! (As when Noah's sons "covered" (kasab) the nakedness of their drunken father (see Gen. 9:23). Of course God intended man to keep himself clothed! God Himself wears clothing (Rev. 1:13)! And God certainly doesn't have anything to hide! It is a matter of propriety, courtesy to others. There are certain things we do only in private, eliminative processes etc. Not because they are evil, they are absolutely necessary to health and well-being, but because it would give offense to others. And so it is with our bodies in their private parts, In order not to be provocative or lewd, not to instill lust in others, we clothe ourselves modestly. Sex itself is not evil — the evil is in the misuse! That misuse is rampant in many forms in all the earth! That misuse is surging through the minds of most of mankind today, this minute, as you read this article! Let's get on with the Truth.
Sex and History
And so the march of history goes. Satan inspired great societies dominated by ecclesiastical hierarchies, oppressing and suppressing the people in rank fear of a terrible God who cursed man with sex, societies of monks and nuns! Or — Satan would inspire a society of open sexual vice, of every easy and immoral desire of human nature, a Sodom and Gomorrah society which Satan knew would destroy itself (i.e. the pre-flood society, Pompeii, today's trend!) Usually the society which Satan inspired to begin with this first distorted view of sex, ended up destroying itself in his second perverted view (i.e. the Roman Empire). Satan, the Adversary and Destroyer hates the God who created him, hates God's Plan, hates human kind, hates sex, and the Truth it represents. Which deception of Satan has attacked you? Which perverted viewpoint are you having to fight? Do you find yourself in the middle of a shift in Satan's sex war policy, like most of the middle-aged generation? Or do you find yourself already involved in Satan's hedonistic battle that he's pursuing now with the younger generation? No wonder there is a generation gap! The older generation, anchored in the satanic prudery of the leftovers of the Victorian era is self-righteously upset at the moral decay of today without having any real answers to it, while the younger generation has never heard nor seen anything but increasing immorality and licentiousness culminating in the erotic, completely nude displays of today's theater, pornographic literature, decadent display of today's clothing styles! These two generations are nearly irreconcilably severed, each walking in a different ditch created by Satan with the Way of God in between, the Way of balanced, healthy, beautiful, controlled understanding and use of sex within the protective bounds of God's law! The older generation finds itself imprisoned in the confines of "sex-is-evil" prudery. The new generation finds itself lost in a morass of wild, exhibitionistic, sex-is-just-like-hunger and anything-is-normal, heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual hedonism of today! I say "lost in a morass" because today's new morality — immorality — severs all bonds, destroys the family, destroys any knowledge of God or decency of any kind, destroys warm, personal love between any two people, sets the poor body and mind of any gullible individual swept up in it, loose on a sea with no reference points, no guidelines, no goal, no purpose, no direction! LOST!
What IS Sexy?
The duped society of today looks on its new sexual revolution as a lusty freedom from the suppressions of the old world morality. Its advocates look upon it as a freedom, something new under the sun — something really sexy! Let's not pussyfoot around or be afraid of the statements made by today's generation. Let's look the situation plainly in the face. Let's see whether this trend is really "sexy" or not! Let's examine it in the light of the cold, carnal evidence that appears around you every single day in comments from the designers who set these "sexy trends," let's find out where it is headed, what the goal is, you're going to be surprised! The dictionary defines sexy as "slang, having or involving a predominant or excessive concern with sex." Make no mistake, today's trends are sexy in the sense of "predominant or excessive concern with sex!" Everyone is bombarded with sex in every form. It seems nothing can be advertised, whether automobiles, toothpaste, breakfast cereal or gardening tools, unless it is associated with sexual misconduct. The natural lust of mankind is excited on every side. We are told there are no laws governing our most important human relationships. The laws which bind a family together and make possible not only a knowledge of God's Plan, but also the foundation of a stable society, these laws are cast aside. Sex is put so much in focus as just a physical fulfillment, a sensual experience, that its true purposes are quickly lost. So the slang word "sexy" is a perversion in itself. Remember, the very essence of sex, by its definition, means difference. By definition then, anything which would be sexy would accent, exaggerate, point to the DIFFERENCE that sex makes. But God didn't create sex to have it be made "sexy." God is balanced in all things. He doesn't want us to have a "predominant and excessive concern" with anything (Phil. 4:5). So, subtle Satan succeeds in getting mankind out of balance. Satan's society talks about freedom for the female, equality, etc. This means leaving the proper mold of her sex, being sweet, soft, feminine, a homemaker, a mother, a wife and going into the "freedom" of a male world. Here she must talk and act on a par with the man. Soon sex is just like hunger. In Satan's world, purpose, responsibility, and meaning are removed. This new woman, with the help of science, can act with the freedom (wrongly used) of a man, sexually speaking. That is, she can have all the extra-marital affairs she wants, but with no strings attached — no babies, no husband, no home, no family, no responsibility, no purpose, and no goal. Character is not necessary. The new woman can take care of herself. And, of course, that's all she'll ever have to take care of! But if she follows the directions of all the ads, she can make herself into a desirable sex machine. She can be "sexy" — granted she can incite lust, she can misuse sex! But she is faceless, characterless, the accent of her clothing, her conversation, her entire mode of life makes her a sad automation that jumps when the Devil says "leap"! Her purpose in life is forgotten. She has focused on the means and made it and end, a terrible end! (Read our booklet True Womanhood — Is It A Lost Cause? if you want to know what a real woman should be like.) The same process takes place with the male. He too wants freedom. The purpose of sex is to hold two people together in the beautiful relationship of husband and wife. The purpose of sex is to create a family, replenish the earth, and learn God's Truth. These purposes are forgotten! Just lust is there, self-righteously called "love" — lust for satisfaction of the senses with no guidelines, no purpose no responsibility attached. So this male's eyes do not seek out the face and eyes where character is (the modern cosmetic art is to make this look as much like a corpse as possible anyway) (, but he quickly checks the physical "equipment" of the body. He is thinking, not about a home and family, not about sons and daughters, not about the future, not about responsibilities, certainly not about some transcendent spiritual goal! He so focuses on sex, he just becomes a sex machine, impersonal, characterless, lustful, focused on the means, making it an end, a terrible end! So, Satan baited the trap with lawless sex, and mankind, male and female eagerly, lustfully took the bait. They excitedly accepted Satan's lawless sex! If only they had known where it would end! When the latest "sexy" trend began during and after World War II, it seemed that indeed the accent was to show the difference between men and women, to be "sexy." Satan had busily begun another major battle campaign and was quickly driving to his ultimate goal which is NOT "sexy" but which is to pervert, twist, destroy, and yes, ANNIHILATE SEX! The hemlines began to come up, the mini-skirt, then topless, see-through and now the nude look! What is the aim? What is the goal? Where is all of this headed?
What Designers Say!
Let's hear the words of the first American designer to raise skirts above the knee — "the skirt, as we know it, is on the way out. The whole concept of masculinity and femininity is being destroyed. More and more girls will wear pants; men will continue to wear long hair, enormous sleeves, and see-through shirts. I definitely see something called unisex coming, and it has nothing to do with masculinity or femininity." (Newsweek, April 14, 1969.) Did you get that? This designer of "sexy" clothes of today's trend says that it is headed toward something which has "nothing to do with masculinity or femininity!" Now by the use of our logical minds let's understand that! The aim and goal of this design trend, has nothing to do with sex! Oh yes, it started out with the appearance of being sexy! Satan after all IS the deceiver of the whole world (Rev. 12:9). In order to deceive — to make one believe something that is not true you must begin with at least a plausible argument, something that appears to be what you say it is. Once you have your victim hooked, you can then go on to complete the deception designed from the beginning! To any normal male in that generation it was "sexy" when the hemlines began to rise and the necklines began to plunge. More leg and more breast arouses sexual desire in a man! That was "sexy." It was also WRONG! If any man is aroused sexually and pursues his desire with anyone but his own wife, he is sinning, he is wrong! But back to the subject. As the mini-skirts got shorter, as skin became a very common sight something new had to be added! A drug addict may start out on an apparently innocent puff or two. Once his senses are not longer satiated with that puff or two of marijuana, he must go on to a whole cigarette, then several, then to drugs of greater intensity and so becomes addicted to powerful drugs which destroy him in a short time. Likewise, once men were stirred by the short and shorter skirts, greater and more ribald shocks had to be administered in order to get a response.
As these skirts began to rise there were more and more "sexy movies." In the days just after World War II and into the early fifties the "sexy" movies still involved men and women. They were indeed "sexy"! That is, they were excessively concerned with "sex"! Once the effect of these movies became boring to the avant-garde, different themes had to be introduced. The normal boy-meets-girl, they get-married and live happily ever after theme had long ago bitten the dust! Along with that theme the triangle, the adulterous or fornicating situation became pass�; some new facet had to be added to entice the viewer to pay the price of the movie! Enter perversion! Homosexual experiences, lesbian experiences, child molestations, weird, psychotic, warped, neurotic situations began to hold the center stage!!! "Sexy" was fast becoming sadistic! "Sexy" was fast becoming mind-bending, mind-destroying — character had long been cast out the window! The legitimate (?) theater has finally come to the place of openly portraying on the stage every manner of perverted sex act possible between men and women, men and men, women and women, the only thing left is acts with animals! The fashion world of course must follow in the wake of the artistic and literary world. And so the trends must continue to pervert themselves. Long ago the world left an open, wanton, "sexy" in the ditch behind and is now crawling into the filth of the ultimate sewer of Sodom where Satan is leading it — a pornographic pied-piper! So the headlines in your newspapers read like this — "Fashion Triumvirate Blurs Sex Distinction" — "London Look Takes Sex Out Of Styles," — "Switch In Sexual Roles In The Offing!" — "Unisex For All Ages," — "Wear And Share — Unisex," — under this last headline we're given the pitiful example of a Danish model, successful in New York and Paris, who, by the time she was nineteen had had five abortions and was no longer capable of bearing children, the example of a beautiful American model from the South, turned alcoholic and dependent on drugs, living with two bi-sexual (?) men! Women starved so that their bodies look like little boys in order to pose for the unisex trends of today!
What About Unisex?
UNISEX: The very word destroys itself! There is no such thing as unisex! Sex, as we have seen by its very definition, means difference! You can't have a uni (ONE) sex (DIFFERENCE)!!! It is a physical and metaphorical impossibility! You can't have sex and unisex at the same time! You choose! One designer has gone so far that he indicates even the word "unisex" is too sexy! "The unisex look is the big thing, says Cerutti, but he dislikes the word unisex. It's too anatomical. The couple-look expresses what he means much better" (Los Angeles Times, November 14, 1968). DID YOU GET THAT!!!? The unisex trend of wear-and-share alike — the unisex trend of so blurring the sex lines that you can't tell men from women, boys from girls is too "sexy!" Unisex, an English paper explains, is the fashion theory that some clothes are ideal for both men and women and should be made exactly the same for either sex — that little boys are no longer terrified at the thought of being a sissy just because they wear girls' clothes! So with the idea of unisex implanted in the minds of the little boys and girls who attend kindergarten, the fashion is here to stay! We have moved from "sexy" to a universally Accepted transvestism in a few immoral years! We have moved from the scene of solid manly traits and sweet feminine charm to the netherworld of neitherism! And now — our designers tell us — this unisex trend is not only here to stay, but even it, containing within itself the word sex, is going to be thrown by the wayside — and that one step beyond into NOTHINGNESS is the goal for which they aim! A nude nirvana! The un-sex generation!
A New Thing Under the Sun?
Surely you're not gullible enough to believe that this is a new style? Satan has been around as long as human beings have been around. Each era has had its taste of what we are now going through. Would you believe bikinis worn in 368 A.D. looked just like bikinis worn today? A mosaic found in an old Roman villa in Sicily depicts girls playing games and doing exercises in beach costumes that could easily be mistaken for those worn today. Designers openly comment about copying ancient Egyptian — thousands of years ago— B.C., costumes and customs, and also refer to the topless fad in the ancient Minoan civilization on the isle of Crete and many of the ancient, pagan, Babylonish customs in different ages of the past where hedonism was the theme of the day! Today, just as Solomon said, "there is nothing new under the sun!" What makes it so crucial is that there are so many more people involved with it today! This is the last generation before God's intervention in mankind's affairs. Edward Gibbon in his history of Rome referring to the degeneracy which led to the collapse of that great empire says, "The master of the Roman world affected to copy the dress and manners of the female sex, fashion was the only law, the serious and manly virtues were the subject of ridicule, and the contempt for female modesty and reverent age announced the universal corruption of the capital of the East" (Vol. 1, p. 128, 800 Declaim and Fall of the Roman Empire). This very present-day situation has prevailed just before the total collapse of many a city (Sodom), many a nation (Greece), many an Empire (Roman)!
What Is the Standard?
"...in the evolution of mankind, no single normal standard has ever existed that can be made to apply to civilization as a whole" (Encyclopedia Americana, 1954 edition, Article "Sex Deviations"). This highly respected source gives the epitome of the problem we face in trying to determine right and wrong, in trying to establish any moral standard by which anyone can live. Satan in his war with mankind uses as a prime weapon the idea that every man is a law unto himself! He removes every individual he possibly can from any guidelines, any moorings any anchorage, and footing, and foundation, and of course, especially any foundation based on GOD'S TRUTH! So the idea is perpetrated that what's good for yesterday's generation is not good for us, or what's bad for you may not be bad for me, or that what used to be bad is no longer bad, etc. Total immorality is easily accepted as the new morality! The good news in the midst of all of this carnal chaos is that there is a final standard by which all mankind's conduct in every civilization, in every age, will be judged. Mankind did not evolve, but was created! And the God who created him left very definite and specific guidelines, very plain standards of normality that should be followed in regard to our sex life. At least three of the great Ten Commandments that a loving God gave to mankind deal directly with the family relationship and sex: "Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God gives thee; thou shalt not commit adultery; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, not his maidservant" (Ex. 20:12-17). This great Creator God did not leave this moral precept just for the Jews. He is not the Creator of Jews only, but the Creator of mankind, and His moral standards apply to all people at all times. In line with the new morality, following in the footsteps of all false prophets and mouthing things that tickle the itching ears of their listeners — many theologians have the unmitigated gall to claim that neither God nor His Word condemn homosexuality. In fact a leader of one of the great churches of this world has suggested that the laws of his country should conform to the demands of homosexual deviates and permit marriages between members of the same sex! Perhaps these men really believe what they say! Perhaps these men are the children of the same father who produced the Pharisees and the Sadducees, the leading theologians of Jesus' day (John 8:44)! In answer to the pharisaical questions that would constantly come to test Jesus, He would often answer "have you not read?" We say the same thing. Have these individuals, supposedly schooled in God's Word, not read Genesis, Exodus Leviticus, Deuteronomy, I Corinthians, and Revelation? Have they also left out Judges, Isaiah, I Kings, and Luke? Indeed, what have they read of God's Word?
In Genesis, chapters 18 and 19, is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Since the word Sodom has been used as a description of all sorts of vile sexual acts, the dictionary makers are not in ignorance of the fact that sodomy is wrong! God accented this point by wiping out all the cities of the valley in a near-nuclear holocaust which He refers to in the New Testament thought the apostle Jude. "Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire" (Jude 7). Perhaps the book of Romans is also missing from the Bible of these theologians! "Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient." (Romans 1:24-28.) (Write for our free article, "The Plain Truth About Queer Men" if you desire further information on this subject.) The last verse, of course, is the essence of the problem! Mankind has steadfastly refused in every generation to accept the knowledge of God! If the rules and laws set down by their Creator are rejected, then, of course, there are no norms or standards which can govern the activity of men! The natural result is a degeneration of society, a total decay of the family, a perversion of every good thing God intended to be enjoyed properly, with ultimate sorrow, pain, suffering, DEATH! Perhaps when the designers turn their minds to clothe or unclothe the generation they serve, they choose to ignore Deut 22:5: "The woman shall not wear that which pertains unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment; FOR ALL THAT DO SO ARE ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD THY GOD!" And sad to say, I'm sure that today's careless and restless youth, wanting to be popular, not recognizing the vortex, the maelstrom of evil that they were born into, couldn't care less for the words of God written in I Cor. 11:14 — "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have longhair, it is a shame unto him?"! Perhaps some few who do recognize that the God of the Bible condemns this society's accepted transverstism, this abject immorality, this pervered used of sex, at the same time do not fear that God and recognize that He lives and that it is in His power to grant life or to remove life. So they are not moved by His statement in I Cor. 6:9-10: "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD? BE NOT DECEIVED: NEITHER FORNICATORS, NOR IDOLATERS, NOR ADULTERERS, NOR EFFEMINATE, NOR ABUSERS OF THEMSELVES WITH MANKIND... shall inherit the kingdom of God." Take heart! The loving Creator who made mankind in the first place has not forgotten His purpose! The purpose of inviting mankind into His glorious kingdom to share eternal life in all power and splendor and glory forever. In fact the very sad circumstances we find around ourselves shout to us, in all of their evil, an encouraging note, just as it is darkest before the dawn, so it is that this all-pervasive evil of today's society is itself an event prophesied to be gripping mankind just at the time of the intervention of God Almighty, and the setting up of His great kingdom in the new world to come here on this earth. "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. EVEN THUS SHALL IT BE IN THE DAY WHEN THE SON OF MAN IS REVEALED!" (Luke 17:28-30)! God's warning to you and to me right now, TODAY is "Come OUT of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (Rev. 18:4). What can you do? You can fight the good fight! You can battle Satan the Devil in his clever attack on you, on your family, on the life that God has given to you, on the purpose of that life! God will give you His strength, not only to fight the battle, but to WIN IT! Don't be deceived by the passing fads of today. Don't be deceived into thinking there is no God who will bring a just recompense for all of these evil ways. Don't be deceived into thinking that it is not all that bad and that "everybody can't be wrong"! Everybody was wrong in the days of Noah! And remember God's warning is that today will duplicate that attitude. Most of the facts this article has brought out are rather negative. The positive knowledge of God about this subject that man has rejected is given in Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong's book, God Speaks Out On The New Morality. Many of you readers of TOMORROW'S WORLD already have a copy of this in your library and have already benefited from it. Many use it as a handbook in their family lives. For those of you who have not yet requested this book please do so — it's free, of course, as all of our literature is, and it is desperately needed in this decadent age in which we live. Don't delay, write for your personal copy of this vital book on this vital subject — write TODAY! It will help you understand the plain truth of God which will free you from this bondage of moral decay in which today's world is gripped. It will give you a foretaste of TOMORROW'S WORLD!