For several years now there have been various appeals made (through public service
announcements and other venues) to those who are sexually active to practice safe sex. The main purpose of these appeals to “use protection” is to prevent pregnancy and to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD). These are definitely legitimate and sobering concerns; however the best appeal for safe sex is usually taken the least serious. “Abstinence” is the safest way to prevent pregnancy and to ensure that sexually transmitted diseases are not contracted. That’s a look at things from a physical perspective. Now let us consider this from a spiritual one. In an age in which premarital sex, extramarital sex, experimental sex (etc.) is so prevalent and openly practiced, it is important for us to know what God says on the subject.
When God created the institution of marriage (Gen. 2:18-25), the sexual relation was a built-in feature. While the expression, “the two shall become one flesh” (Mk. 10:7-8) may be understood in reference to the marital union itself, it is clearly an expression
that references the most physically intimate relationship that a husband and wife can have. However, man is often dissatisfied with what God has provided for him, and, as a result, he abuses and perverts what was once wholesome and pure.
According to Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” “Adultery” is sexual relations between a married person and someone other than their spouse. “Fornication” is any kind of
unlawful sexual relations. Being that the only God-approved marriage is that between an eligible man and an eligible woman (Gen. 2:24; 1 Cor. 7:1-2), it is apparent that any sexual activity outside of that union is sin; whether it be man with man or woman with
woman (Rom. 1:26-27; cf. Lev. 18:22), or a single man with a single woman, or adultery, prostitution (1 Cor. 6:18), incest (cf. Lev. 18:6-16; 1 Cor. 5:1), bestiality (Lev. 18:23), etc. According to 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:5, Rev. 21:8 and 22:14-15 those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Friends, the only “safe sex” (spiritually speaking) is that which is between husband and wife. All else falls into judgment. Therefore, “flee sexual immorality” (1 Cor. 6:18).