Better Sex, Part 2 – Can We Control Our Desires?

Purity-water-wave1 When I was a college freshman at Pepperdine, I was asked to read Aristophones' Lysistrata. Here's the gist of it: In a fairly graphic farce, Lysistrata persuades the other women to withhold sexual privileges from their men as a means of forcing them to end the Peloponnesian War. After withholding sex from their men for just a matter of days, the men do agree to put the war is put on hold.

Lysistrata is considered a classic. The myth is–men cannot control themselves. If you want to get men to end a war–withhold sex. That'll do it. Today, media is saying women can't control themselves either at a much greater rate than in years past. It's some sort of affirmative action for lust. Actually, statistics are beginning to bear that out, as well. They say Lysistrata still lives.

However…

Lysistrata is a myth. Not a law.

Not for men.

Not for women.

Christians can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. I know it isn't easy. Augustine, Jerome, and other great people of God (David, for instance) through the ages have struggled in this area. We also live in a culture that does all it can to whet our sexual appetites at every opportunity. But that doesn't mean we are animals. Sex is God's gift, not humankind's slavemaster. 

Can we really be expected to control ourselves sexually? 

Christians believe He who is in us is greater than He who is in the world. Apart from the power of Christ, I doubt we can overcome the Enemy's perversion of what God created good–our sexuality. With Christ, however, we can glorify God by abstaining from sexual immorality and glorifying Him by enjoying what He created for our enjoyment.

Thoughts? Is it possible?

 

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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