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Love over Lust
April 16, 2023
56m 18s

Why God Says No

by Johnson Bowie
We’re living in a confused and confusing world when it comes to sex. The good news? God hasn’t left us alone to figure it all out on our own. And the reality is that He doesn’t waver in His stance, and we may not always fully understand His perspective. But we can trust that God’s ways are better and, ultimately, for our good. In the truth of His Word, there is hope and freedom! Tune in to learn more.
Sermon Notes

Message Notes

What’s different today?

  1. Social media
  2. Politics
  3. Porn culture
  4. Sexual abuse
  5. Sexualizing children
  6. Access
  7. All truth is relative
  8. Untethered from God’s ways
  9. Deconstructed the family
  10. Celebration

Matthew 5:27-30 NIV

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NLT

Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:4-5 NIV

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?”

Hebrews 13:4 NIV

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

Romans 1:21-1:27; 2:1, 4 NLT

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved... You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things...Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

If I’m going to CLAP for it, I better LOVE people through it.

Why Does God Say No?

God says “NO” because He is PROTECTING ME.

“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” — Robert Morris

1 Corinthians 6:18 NIV

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.

Why Does God Say No?

God says “NO” because marriage was made to REFLECT GLORY.

Why Does God Say No?

God says “NO” because I was made for LOVE, not LUST.

LUST is craving something God says “NO” to.

1 John 4:8-10 NIV

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NIV

Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.And that is what some of you WERE. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.


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