Beware of the Culture of Promiscuity


On July 16, a London, England news publisher, the Daily Mail, pointed out that under the increasing influence of the culture of promiscuity, the number of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) has reached 397,000 cases, the highest record for Britain in 30 years.  The England Health Protection Agency recently reported that half of the cases for STD occur among ages between 16 and 24; among young homosexuals, the number of cases doubled in the past 10 years.


The Family Planning Association in Britain, the promoters of contraception and sexual liberty, believes that the way to solve the above problem is to provide more sex education to teenagers and even children, pushing to begin such education as early as the age of four.  Statistics have shown that since the 1970s when Britain has started providing sexual education, unplanned pregnancy, STDs, and abortion rates have only been on the increase.  Only in 2007, young pregnancies for those 14 and under have grown at an alarming rate of 21%.


Before our Lord Jesus returns, this sexual liberty and culture of promiscuity will continue on a worsening global trend.  On a daily basis, the media broadcasts sexually related content, causing many to fall into the trap of lust, particularly among teenagers.  A political analyst, Carol Platt Liebau, suggested in her book, “Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls”, the following four types of cultural shifts that perpetuate a hyper-sexualized culture in America: the rise of moral relativism, the privatization of religion and sexual morality, the prevailing of sexual expression, and the advent of “cool mom” (i.e. younger pregnancies).  These negative feeds continually alter the thoughts and character of teenagers and children through sources such as the internet, newspaper, magazines, television, movies, music videos (MTV), fashion, video games, etc.


The author of this sharing quoted these reports not to cause feelings of unrest, but to remind us to be cautious in our living, striving to be holy and godly in our days. Faced with the current hyper-sexualized and promiscuous culture of the end times, the Bible teaches us that those called upon by God must be separated from the world because God’s will for us is to be sanctified, avoiding sexual immorality (1 Thes 4:3). Flee from sexual immorality (1 Cor 6:18) like escaping from hell fire, because those stained with such sin and are unwilling to give up cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9-10). Therefore, be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray (1 Peter 4:7) and avoid Satan’s scheme of using worldly customs and cultural trends to affect our thoughts and character.


Young Christians must also have self-control, protecting their own sanctity both physically and mentally.  They must not use doing this “for fun” as an excuse to follow the worldly trends and also should not blindly accept the value system of typical movie or sports celebrities.  Avoid promiscuity, come back to the right senses (1 Cor 15:34).  When surfing the internet, make a covenant with your eyes to not allow yourself to sin and fall into lust (Job 31:1).  Flee from lust and pursue the Lord (2 Tim 2:22), which is the proactive attitude.  Christian parents needs to use every opportunity to teach and explain the Bible. “Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.” (Prov 19:18). Always teach them to make right ethical judgments, to be mindful of their speech, action, the way they meet friends, as well as their online behaviour.  Remind them to not casually follow trends or culture and forbid them to befriend bad characters, pointing out that these may lead them to their ruins (Prov 18:24). Most important is to pray unceasingly for the children.


“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.” (1 Peter 14-15)


By: Daniel To