In Unger’s Bible Dictionary under “False Gods” you can get an education on the gods that Israel worshipped. In this study you will discover that illegal sexual activity was, in fact, worship of that god.
Perhaps that is why there is such an increase in sexual perversion. Satan is trying to restore worship of these gods knowing that most people do not know they are performing an act of worship when they do sexually perverted things.
In Romans 13:12 and in Ephesians 5:11, we are commanded to have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness. Ancient cults and their activities are becoming popular in our land today and they are the works of darkness.
In Romans 6:16, it says that to whomever we yield ourselves to obey that’s whose slave we become.
In 2 Timothy 3:4-6, we learn that treacherous, unscrupulous men, inflated with self-conceit (lovers of sensual pleasures), acting like they are true Christians, worm their way into the homes of silly, weak-willed, spiritually-dwarfed women and lead them astray. We have observed that the purpose of all this deceit is sexual activity.
Today most people seem unaware of or indifferent to the condemnation in God’s Word against all sexual perversions. In the first chapter of Romans we can follow the descent of man into depravity.
First, the position of God is reduced to the position of the creation. At this point, a man’s heart is filled with vain imaginations and he becomes deceived. His worship is centered upon graven images (Exodus 20:4). The images are in descending order.
First worshipped is the likeness of men (we are into body worship today). Then his gods become lower creatures like birds, next four-footed beasts, and finally creeping things. For this rebellion, the Lord gives them up to illicit sex between men and women, thus destroying the marriage relationship and undermining the family.
The next step is homosexuality and perversion, again practiced in worship of the “gods” set up by foolish and blinded men. See Unger’s Bible Dictionary, pages 411-418.
Fornication is the word that covers all unlawful sexual acts. In the Scriptures – incest, adultery and idolatrous sex orgies are all called fornication (Matthew 5:32; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 10:5-8; Exodus 32:1-25)
Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone who is not his legitimate mate.
Effeminate refers to a homosexual man, a catamite (1 Corinthians 6:9).
Abusers of themselves with mankind (I Corinthians 6:9) is the Greek word arsenokoites or sodomite—one guilty of unnatural offenses, one who practices sodomy. I Kings 11 tells us that Solomon worshipped at the Ashtoreth.
Many Christian married couples use Hebrews 13:4 as an excuse to practice sodomy. They believe they can have perverted sex just because they are married. They are in deep deception.
Let us consider these translations: “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for fornicators and adulterers God wilt judge”. (New American Standard)
“Let marriage be held in honor—esteemed worthy, precious, (that is), of great price and especially dear—in all things. And let the marriage bed be undefiled (kept undishonored); for God will judge and punish the unchaste (all guilty of sexual vice) and adulterous”. (Amplified)
“Marriage must be held in honor by all, and the marriage relations kept sacred. Persons who are sexually vicious and immoral God will punish”. (Williams)
God has never and will never agree with you that fornication, sodomy or any type of uncleanness, in or out of marriage, is acceptable. According to Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.”
Because we become what we think about, Paul points out that we should think on things that are honest, pure, lovely, virtuous, and of good report. (Philippians 4:8)
In II Corinthians 10:5, we are told to cast down vain imaginations which would rear up against the teachings of God and we are commanded to bring every thought into captivity to Christ Jesus.
I Corinthians 15:33-34 tells us not to be deceived or misled because of evil companionships (communion, associations) which corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character. We should be holy in all conversation, even as Christ is holy.
God has made a way for us to escape from temptation, but most of the time we don’t take it. There is a difference between temptation and sin. Demons usually put thoughts of sins in our head. To have the thought pass through your head is not sin. To obey or continue the thoughts and act on them is sin (I Corinthians 10:13).
Sensual relates to or consists in the gratification of the senses or the indulgence of appetite; to be devoted to or preoccupied with the senses or appetites; voluptuous; deficient in moral, spiritual or intellectual interests. Synonym: carnal (see Jude 18, 19).
Evil concupiscence is to desire ardently; strong desire especially in the sexual area. (Colossians 3:5; Thessalonians 4:5; Romans 7:8).
Inordinate affection refers to that which is unregulated, disorderly, exceeding reasonable limits, immoderate, excessive (Colossians 3:5).
Lasciviousness is the promoting or partaking of that which tends to produce lewd emotions, i.e., anything that fosters sexual sin and lustfulness. Today it seems both men and women can dress and conduct themselves in a lascivious manner. Christians should not do anything in dress or conduct that would cause others to stumble (II Corinthians 12:21; Romans 14:13; I Corinthians 1:23; 1 John 2:10).
Filthy communication is derived from the Greek word meaning useless, putrid, or obscene. Blue jokes, pornographic books, movies, pictures, rock music, profanity and blasphemy all come under this classification (Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 3:8).
In the bonds of holy matrimony, sexual intercourse is not an evil thing. Couples find a closeness, joy and blessing impossible to attain by any other means.
If you are unable to stop filthy memories, words or voices coming into your mind; if you are constantly undressing others with your eyes and lewd and evil thoughts constantly flood your mind; if you are a masturbator, fornicator, homosexual or lesbian; then you probably have a host of evil spirits.