Dear Christian Sisters,
We cannot talk about abortion without talking about sex–the very thing that results in crisis pregnancies.
If we were to follow what the Bible says about sex, we would have far fewer women and men considering abortion because we would have far fewer crisis pregnancies.
NOTE: Please remember that I am not writing from my pedestal. I, too, have had premarital sex, which you already know if you’ve read my story (see Faces of Abortion and Forgiveness & Peace that Passes All Understanding).
Keep reading this series to find out how I dealt with my sin and why it’s important for you to deal with yours, too, even if you never got pregnant or never had an abortion.
What the Bible Says about Sex
Do we know what the Bible says about sex? Do we know what the New Testament says?
Most of us had sex before we got married. It’s what we do here in the United States whether we’re Christian or not. It’s the culture. We live in a sex culture.
New Christians under the rule of Rome also lived in a sex culture. Sex was often part of the Gentiles’ worship of gods.
They didn’t slither into a brothel like people do today (of course, it’s unlawful here). They openly went to the temple to worship their gods by having sex with temple prostitutes.
When Gentiles began believing that Jesus was their Savior, some Jewish Christians said that the Gentile Christians had to be circumcised and follow all the Jewish laws.
This was a big debate! Paul and Barnabas brought this debate to the Apostles, including Peter, and the elders. You can read the drama in Acts 15.
James, the half brother of Jesus, gave a speech that convinced those who had gathered for the debate that Gentile believers should not feel burdened (Acts 15:13-20).
They then sent a letter to the Gentile believers letting them know that they did not need to follow Jewish Law–except to:
“abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication” (Acts 15:29).
Fornication? What is Fornication?
The sexual acts that are included in fornication are the forbidden sexual acts listed in Jewish Law (mostly Leviticus):
- intercourse with animals
- sexual intercourse with close relatives
- sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman
For a complete list of Old Testament laws about sex, go to the Gospel Outreach page and scroll down to #330.
In the list of Old Testament Laws about sex, did you notice that God didn’t just say, “Men, only have sex with your one wife” and “Women, only have sex with your one husband”?
We people are so hard-headed that He had to give specifics, like “don’t have sex with your sister or half-sister.”
This is a good reminder of our sinful nature. It’s also a reminder that we need to teach each other the specifics of what fornication includes.
In the World, Not of the World
Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more. For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality*; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-5
[*Sexual immorality in 1 Thessalonians 4:3 is translated from the Greek porneia. Porneia is translated to immorality, sexual immorality, unchastity, and fornication in the New American Standard Bible (NASB).]
Teach Them the Way They Should Go
Let us also remember as mothers, aunts, and leaders that we are called to teach our children.
Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Let us consider how to inspire one another to love and good deeds, encouraging one another (Hebrews 10:24-25).