1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

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Throughout the ages, sexual temptation and sin have been a snare to God’s people that can keep them from experiencing God’s best, and inflicting unrecognized harm upon themselves and others. The moral values of the prevailing culture often influence perception of sexual morality. The 1st Century Roman Empire, especially Greece where Thessalonica was located, was characterized by sexual immorality. Diana, the goddess of fertility was worshipped through prostitutes who served as temple priestesses. Exploitive sexual activity including men with boys, men with slaves, and men with male and female prostitutes was common. Suffice it to say that it can be difficult to be sexually pure in a world full of immorality, strong temptation, and access. Today, the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world. And an estimated fifty percent of High School students will have intercourse before graduation (CDC 2018). Nevertheless, God has called His people to a high moral standard to abstain from sexual immorality, and experience pure love, and today we discover why and how.

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