.BAD NEWS: For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unright -eousness, because what may be known of God is manifestin them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being under -stood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolishhearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man -and birds and four -footed animals and creeping things.Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of theirhearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truthof God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman,burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit,evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent,proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such thingsare deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.We know these laws are good when they are used as God intended.But they were not made for people who do what is right. They are for peoplewho are disobedient and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who considernothing sacred and defile what is holy, who murder their father or mother orother people.These laws are for people who are sexually immoral, for homosexuals and slave traders, for liars and oath breakers, and for those who do anything else that contradicts the right teachingGOOD NEWS:For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.***The United States government has just released a nation-wide survey on Americans' private sexual habits. The NEW YORK TIMES describes it as disclosing"surprising numbers for same-sex activity."Surprising is the right word, but not in the way I suspect the NEW YORK TIMES means.The study was done by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among other statistics, the study indicates that only about 4 percent of men and women consider themselves to be homosexual or bisexual.Indeed, among men ages 18 to 44, 90 percent call themselves heterosexual, 2 percent homosexual, 2 percent bisexual, and 4 percent something else. Amongwomen, 86 percent are attracted only to men, and 10 percent "mostly" to males.In both cases it is a long way from the 10 percent that the homosexual lobby hasadvanced for years. We are told that homosexual behavior is simply a choice and that we're bigoted if we do not believe it to be the norm. But any time you look at statistics and find less than 10 percent engaging in a particular activity, it is contrary to the norm. The norm is what the 90 percent does.There are profound social consequences here. If sexual orientation is a choice,then we're free to choose. But this study implies that we're wired a certainway, for heterosexual relationships.As philosopher J. Budziszewski says, there are some things we "can't not know."One of those things is that we're biologically made a certain way: males one way and females another. That's the way the world works, and it's the only natural way to conceive children.And when you go against the way the world is made, you're going against the grain of the universe. And no amount of propaganda or clever marketing, which iswhat it is, can change the unalterable facts of the natural moral order. It's time we recognize that and stop being bullied by special interests.But whether we should have spent the money this way or not, we do now have the report. It does show us something that needs to be understood in American life.It has a profound impact on the political and cultural debates of our day in ways that I'm sure does indeed surprise the staff of the NEW YORK TIMES.
.I was looking out the windowof my house one day and saw asimpleminded young man wholacked common sense. He wascrossing the street near thehouse of an immoral woman.He was strolling down the path by herhouse at twilight, as the day was fading,as the dark of night set in. The womanapproached him, dressed seductivelyand sly of heart.She was the brash, rebellious type whonever stays at home. She is often seen inthe streets and markets, soliciting at everycorner. She threw her arms around himand kissed him, and with a brazen lookshe said, "It's you I was looking for!I came out to find you, and here youare! My bed is spread with coloredsheets of finest linen imported fromEgypt. I've perfumed my bed withmyrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come,let's drink our fill of love until morning.Let's enjoy each other's caresses,for my husband is not home. He'saway on a long trip. He has takena wallet full of money with him,and he won't return until later inthe month." So she seduced himwith her pretty speech. With herflattery she enticed him. Hefollowed her at once, likean ox going to the slaughteror like a trapped stag, awaitingthe arrow that would pierce itsheart. He was like a bird flyinginto a snare, little knowing itwould cost him his life.***There is a way which seemethright unto a man, but the end there-of are the ways of death.***I made a covenant with my eyesnot to look with lust upon a young woman.***But I say, anyone who even looksat a woman with lust in his eye hasalready committed adultery with herin his heart.***There is a time for everything,a season for every activityunder heaven. A time to beborn and a time to die. Atime to plant and a time toharvest. A time to kill anda time to heal. A time totear down and a time torebuild. A time to cry anda time to laugh. A time togrieve and a time to dance.A time to scatter stonesand a time to gather stones.A time to embrace and atime to turn away. A time tosearch and a time to lose.A time to keep and a time tothrow away. A time to tearand a time to mend. A timeto be quiet and a time tospeak up. A time to loveand a time to hate. A timefor war and a time for peace. Best wishes for continued ascendancy,Dr. WhoamiP.S. One thing of which I am sure isthat the common culture of my youthis gone for good. It was hollowed outby the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"then splintered beyond hope of repairby the emergence of the web-basedtechnologies that so maximized andfacilitated cultural choice as to makethe broad-based offerings of the oldmass media look bland and unchallengingby comparison."P.P.S. Have you ever tried to explainto a modern, secularized teenager or youngadult what's wrong with premarital sex betweentwo consenting adults? If you have, youknow the meaning of the word frustration.The modern mind just doesn't seem capableof grasping the concept that sex belongsexclusively within marriage. That's not froma lack of intelligence. It's simply because themodern mind has been trained to thinkotherwise: If two people want a sexualencounter, and take steps to prevent theoccurrence of a third person -- an un -wanted baby -- that makes the act morallyright. End of story.May I recommend Jennifer RobackMorse's new book, SMART SEX:FINDING LIFE-LONG LOVE INA HOOK-UP WORLD, is sorefreshing. Morse, one of the clearestthinkers I know, takes deadly aim atthe idea of "morally neutral sex" -- andshe does it in a logical and compassionatemanner. Having once believed in "morallyneutral sex" herself, Morse understandsthe thinking behind the idea. She dealswith concepts like "reproductive freedom,""recreational sex," and "consumer sex,"and shows how they're not only morallybankrupt, but also anti-social.Morse explains that the problem withthese views of sex is that they focus onthe individual. For example, the theoryof "reproductive freedom" teaches usthat everyone who wants a child isentitled to have one, and that thosewho don't want children should beable to have sex without ever havingto face the possibility. When nature,or our spouses, or our own childrenget in the way of our "reproductivefreedom," we therefore feel entitledto trample on the rights of others toget our own way.Morse recalls the time when she wasso desperate to get pregnant, that sheand her husband considered using asperm donor. That was when shestarted to realize, "Having a babythrough a sperm donor would havechanged the relationship between myhusband and me in a fundamental way . . . .The baby would be my project withmy husband along for the ride. . . .And what about the baby? Do I havea right to treat a baby as a project of mine?"This confronts the conventional thinkingwhere a person, Morse writes, treatsrelationships as if they affected onlyherself. And that's where the objectionto premarital sex comes in. Advocatesof premarital sex often act as if theirsexual experiences are all about them -selves and no one else. As Morse puts it,"When we engage in consumer sex, wedo not fully consider the impact of ouractions upon others. Consumer sex isfocused inward, on personal pleasure,not on the building up of the communityof the family."In short, the sexual revolution taught usto think of our sex lives as our ownproperty and our own business, andnobody else's, even though otherpeople are obviously involved. Touse sex this way is to treat it as theopposite of what it was meant to be:a destroyer of relationships ratherthan something that builds them.
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