Sex in the Old Testament - 05/15/2005

The old testament God also states that if a man rapes a virgin then he must marry her and pay her father a sum of money and if the marriage does not work out that is OK as long as he does not sell her. There are a whole lot more examples of biblical law concerning sex, masturbation, unclean women and marriage that are not practiced and in fact would be considered abominable behavior today. Lot offers up his two daughters to the men of Sodom and has sex with them when he is drunk. Is Lot your role moddel?





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Thanks for writing.  No Lot is not our role model.  Our role model is Jesus Christ.  First you need to re-read the verses about Lot.  Lot did not willingly have sex with his daughters.  His daughters got him drunk and raped him, and that certainly wasn't condoned in those verses.  That aside, it seems to be a common misunderstanding by many that Christians are still under Old Testament law.  We are not.  You are thinking of Judaism.  Jesus came to fulfill the law and we're saved through his sacrifice  and by grace, not by following Old Testament Law.  Under the New Covenant (the New Testament), however, God had much to say about sex.  Here are just a few of the verses from the NEW TESTAMENT that explain what we need to know about sexuality as Christians.

Romans 1:26-27  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

I Corinthians 6:9-10  "
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

Hebrews 13:4 "
Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

There are many more.  You're right that we no longer need to follow Old Testament law (if you read our articles we state that clearly), but the New Testament also condemns sexual immorality in all its forms. 

In Him,

Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries