In this bulletin series we’ve been looking at the common objections to Christianity. This week I want to look at the objection that Christians are against sex and so Christians are against what is only natural.

Christianity is definitely known to condemn certain sexual activities. For example, in 1 Corinthians 7 we read: ‘Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders…will inherit the kingdom of God’.

And most people would admit that sexual immorality is not confined to a small sector of the population. In fact, the majority of the population admits struggling with some form of sexual immorality: from pornography, to sex before marriage, to adulterous relationships. Only a handful of people would claim not to have fallen into these temptations. Thus, people object to Christianity because it is against what is natural for most humans.

But such an objection is working on the false assumption that what is right and wrong is determined by the majority of the population. If this were the case then lying and theft would be morally right, as no one claims to have not lied or stolen anything in their lifetime. But no one jumps to the defense of these sins. In fact, our courts take them very seriously.

So if right and wrong is not defined by a majority vote, who defines it? God. And God is not against sex, after all he created it. But what he is against is a misuse of sex. Since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, all humans are sinful and unable to do what is right. Instead they use what is good to serve their own selfish ends. This includes the good gift of sex. So it is not Christians that are going against what is natural, it is the non-Christians that are going against what is natural. God created sex to be used in the loving confines of marriage. But because of sin, unnatural sex has become a problem for most of the population.

But thankfully there is a way to overcome our strong desire to engage in unnatural sexual activity like the rest of the population. That way is through Jesus Christ. If we confess our sexual sins and trust in his forgiveness for them, God gives us the strength to overcome such unnatural behaviour.

Have you repented of your unnatural sexual sins and trusted in Jesus so that you are not against sex, but for it?

Joel Radford.