Matthew 5:27,28: “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
Because we are bombarded by various attacks upon the holy institution of marriage, and because the temptations are fierce, God gave us the seventh commandment, calling us to the pathway of righteousness and thankfulness to Him. The Heidelberg Catechism says, “since both our body and soul are temples of the Holy Spirit, He commands us to preserve them pure and holy; therefore He forbids all unchaste actions, gestures, words, thoughts, desires, and whatever can entire men thereto.”
The sin of adultery reaches deeply into our sinful flesh, even into our thoughts and desires. That is why all unchaste actions, as well as whatever can entice men to such sinful thoughts and desires, are forbidden us. That is also why Scripture exhorts us to modesty in the way we dress as well as in our speech. For the purity of holy marriage and the sanctity of the Christian life, we may not entice others to sinful thoughts.
Let our youth understand that for this same reason, the modern dance is not fitting for the Christian. Modern dance is usually set to music that by its beat and lyrics, is also conducive to lustful thoughts and movements of the body — as a study of music history will reveal. While some will point to the fact that dancing is spoken of in Scripture without condemnation, we ought to remember that such dancing, or literally “leaping for joy,” without the mingling of men with women, is something entirely different from the artificial movements set to today’s music, as the dance now takes place between men and women and often in close contact with each other. Even where some may be unaffected by such activity and contact, most will find unchaste thoughts and desires being incited by these unchaste actions and gestures.
Let us also guard against all vulgar talk about sex. To take that which God has sanctified as a precious gift belonging to holy marriage, and make it filthy, is to profane the sanctity of marriage. Let us hear the command of Scripture, “Flee fornication” (1 Cor. 6:18).
- Date: 13-October
Steven R. Key (Wife: Nancy)
Ordained: September 1986
Pastorates: Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI - 1986; Randolph, WI - 1991; Hull, IA - 2000; Loveland, CO - March 2010; Emeritus, Jan. 2023Website: https://sites.google.com/site/lovelandprctest1/home
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