Christian Counseling Training Program: “Sexual Atheism” and Christian Moral Compass Regarding Sex Outside Marriage
Christians are losing their moral compass. Eroding away at the core of Christian values is humanism and self gratification. It comes in the way of mass media and an indifferent value of morals that bases the wrong of an action on the basis of injury. If noone is hurt, then it cannot be wrong?
This type of moral indifference and mass humanism has led to the coining title “sexual atheism”. Where Christians profess God in everything but sex outside marriage. In their minds, God does not care about sexual sin. The sin of Sodom us a distant memory.
As long as I give to the poor, care for others, read the bible and go to church, then all is fine. God does not care what I do with others in the shadows at night. This type of thinking has infecting many Christians. The article below discusses it.
The guy sitting across from me is a professing and practicing Christian. He drops by my office unannounced today to talk to me about his new online dating life. Specifically, he wants to talk about the over-willingness of Christian women he has encountered on several of his dates who want to jump right from a very public conversation and vanilla latte at Starbucks to very private whispers and physical exchanges between the sheets back at his place.
Usually this gender scenario is reversed, but the sex, love and dating landscape continues to move in a progressively liberal direction among Christians without any solid indicators that it will change anytime soon. Both sexes today, across all ages and Christian demographics, are prone to compartmentalize their faith away from their sexual life.
While Christian singles report praying and church attendance are highly desirable qualities in the dating matrix, a troubling and confusing dichotomy arises when the issue of sex before marriage presents itself. Specifically, single Christians enter a sexual fog. That fog clouds and hides the reality that an identity rooted in Christ should manifest itself in intelligent and hope-filled sexual restraint based on God’s promises and instead replaces it with fear and pride-filled choices based on some other promise they believe more.
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While it is human nature to desire, we cannot dismiss the evil of sexual sin. A good Christian Counseling Training Program will acknowledge that we fall, but when we do fall, we acknowledge the sin and try not to sin again. Sexual atheism does not even acknowledge or seek to change.
We must as Christians not allow our conscience to become lax or improperly formed but must be ever vigilant in our examination of conscience and acknowledgement of sin. God understands the difficulty with the sins of the flesh, but he expects us to try and change inappropriate sexual life styles. Are these not the words of Christ to Mary the prostitute. He told her to repent and sin no more. He easily forgave the sin but expected one to acknowledge and repent.
Counselors trained from a good Christian Counseling Training Program need to help their spiritual children form good and vigilant consciences that reflect scriptural teaching that mirrors the commandments of God. The conscience should continue to patrol one’s moral actions and when one fails, to push within an acknowledgement of failure and repentance.
Secular Humanism rejects this premise and like the serpent promises one to be the god of their own sexual impulses. Instead of giving to God our body as he intends us to use it, we seek to gratify our senses as our own god. While it is easy to understand the nature of hormones and the sexual urge to reproduce, we can still focus on strengthening our will to fight temptation through fasting.
Atheistic Psychology denounces this type of sexual repression. The reality is that sexual repression is not to be confused with a practice of virtue. How can something that is noble and good be repressive to our overall health? It is today and modern society that see sexual control as foreign, odd and out of place before marriage. Yet they fail to realize the reason for sexual control and the downward trodden path the sin of lust leads to. God understands our fallen state. He is patient and compassionate but he also understands the danger of unchecked extremes. This is why he has wisely taught us how to use the gift of sex for ourselves and our partner in the sacred state of marriage.
God also understands the integral part our sexual expression plays beyond mere pleasure but towards love and ultimately propagation. Sexual promiscuity and unchecked desires lead to distorted views on sex and love as selfish means to one’s end-reducing the other person to an object. It is also devalues the sacred nature of the act to mere pleasurable action no less sacred than a back rub.
Christian Counselors must not just teach something is wrong but why it is wrong and why God intended it to be utilized a certain way. In this way the forming of conscience which is of the will can properly work in union with the intellect in decision making. We must guard the youth from this new assault of sexual atheism.
We must also applaud the virtue of purity and not see it as a psychological act of sexual repression but a noble and true route to salvation where man controls his animal impulses and acts more like one made in the image and likeness of God.
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