Is Sex a Sin?

Sex is a gift from God. Like His other gifts, it can become something harmful and twisted when we misuse it or use it selfishly. And when we do misuse it, it can become something shameful that creates consequences. This is when it is defined as sin. But when we understand why God gave us this wonderful gift of sex, and when we use it in accordance with His will, then it can be a source of great happiness and joy.

Why did God give us sex? The biggest reason is to continue the human race from one generation to another. God told Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28).

God also gave us the sexual relationship for our pleasure. There is nothing wrong with this—as long as our passions do not control us and dominate our thoughts—and God delights in giving us good things. Sex is also an expression of love and unity between a husband and wife. It is a sign of their commitment to each other within marriage.

This is why the Bible tells us that sex is to be practiced only within marriage. The sexual relationship should be a sign of commitment and love—the kind of commitment that is part of the marriage vow between a man and woman. “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4). Realize that God did not intend for sex to be sinful, but beautiful—when it is used in accordance with His standards.

God did not make a mistake when He commanded, “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Why did He give us this command? Incidentally, the command covers all types of sexual sin but it wasn’t given to restrict us and make us unhappy. He did it because He loves us, wants to protect us and knows what is best for us.

But God also understands that we can only love and follow His ways with His help. Through a personal relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ, we receive a new heart with new desires to honor God with our bodies and receive His good gift as He designed it.

Would you like new strength to live a life that is sexually pure in God’s eyes? He is ready to help you.

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?