Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees–especially when the trees are moral.
Moral issues, like evergreens, often take a lifetime to develop. Because of their slow growth, we might not recognize what’s happening around us until we rise to 35,000 feet in an airplane and look down and exclaim:
“Wow, that’s a big forest!”
To use another metaphor, following Bruce Jenner’s recent interview with Diane Sawyer announcing his gender change from man to woman, Sexual Atheism 4.0 has launched. It’s been for a long time coming, but now the forest is fully formed.
Here’s what’s happened to sexual morality during the past sixty years.
Many of you know that I deal with politics and moral issues on a regular basis. Most stories and interviews that you see in the media do the same, but rarely do they either “look behind the scenes” as to why a moral change is happening or put you in a philosophical airplane to give you the big picture.
I want to do both today. I want you to understand what’s happening on the sociological level of human sexuality in the Western world. More importantly, I want you to understand why.
After that, we’ll deal with Bruce Jenner’s trans gender coming out party.
The Spiritual View
Why do human beings believe certain things about right and wrong and act out what they believe in everyday life?
Because God exists–and from his nature come all concepts of righteousness. God revealed his moral standards to the world via human conscience, the Ten Commandments, the coming of Jesus Christ, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the world.
Morals exist because moral beings have free wills. To do right we must give God his rightful place in our lives and treat other humans with equal respect. This means not murdering, stealing, lying, coveting etc.
Right morals produce freedom and blessing. God wants people to be happy and fruitful.
But as most news shows don’t reference God and his laws for living, they also don’t mention the satanic underworld also influencing human behavior. The Bible is quite clear on the subject:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
Remember that when you see riots on television, or hear about governmental corruption, or dead babies killed in the womb, or any other form of bad or evil behavior.
There is a devil and demons in this world trying to influence people to do wrong. Call it a devil-inspired mindset that is meant to produce bondage and suffering.
So on the one hand, God loves people and wants them to be blessed. On the other, Satan hates people and wants them to be destroyed.
That’s the real why behind the good and bad in our world.
The World View
Secondly, in human societies, both God-thoughts and satanic thoughts become codified into a perspective on life we call a world view. World views don’t come out of thin air–they are the taking of either godly or satanic ideas and forming a mental grid with them through which we make our moral choices.
For most of America’s history, the reality of God and a biblical world view formed the backdrop of social behavior. In all the early documents of American history and even inscribed on the monuments today, you see references to God and his ways for living. In fact, during the original U.S. Constitutional Convention, the single most quoted source for framing the laws of America was the book of Deuteronomy.
Early Americans believed in God, the Bible, and his prescriptions for living.
Sure, there were times of moral decline in American society such as the early 1800s which led to the second spiritual awakening, and also the Roaring Twenties of the past century which preceded WWII. But it would not be incorrect to generalize that from 1776 to 1945 “God’s ideas” and moral standards prevailed in the United States as the dominant worldview.
What did this mean for American ideas about sex?
The Bible (and actually most religions and human history) teaches that sex is reserved for a man and woman in covenant marriage to God and each other. This perspective was revealed at the beginning of creation (Genesis 2) and confirmed in the New Testament. It became the normal practice of Christian Europe, the United States of America, and the vast majority of the civilized world.
In the biblical worldview, there are at least six perversions of God-ordained sex: 1) Adultery (sex with someone not your spouse), 2) Fornication (sex before marriage), 3) Incest (sex with a close relative), 4) Homosexuality (sex between members of the same gender), 5) Pedophilia (sex with children), and 6) Bestiality (sex with an animal).
All are condemned as abnormal and unhealthy–even evil–in the Old Testament and three are mentioned in the New Testament (while assuming the rest).
This term is helpful because it describes how we can remove God from our understanding of sex.
Beginning in the 1950s, the USA began to drift away from its faith-based origins, including our socially-accepted understanding of sex. Satan’s ideas began to replace God’s maxims of human love and sexual relations. A worldview called secularism (humanism or atheism), began to grow a forest of trees in the American landscape. It was slow, deliberate, and satanically-inspired.
And it was progressive–just like the upgrades of computer software.
Here are the first three versions:
Sexual Atheism 1.0 – The first domino to fall in corrupting God’s view of sex was toleration for adultery including easy divorce and re-marriage. This was initially popularized by movie stars who slept around with their married co-stars and started an affair/divorce revolving door. Elizabeth Taylor is a prominent example who did it seven times. After a decade or so, the American public began to tolerate both adultery and divorce as never before. Today, adultery is common–and in some ways, expected.
Sexual Atheism 2.0 – In the 1960s, the Baby Boom generation, who’d grown up idolizing the unfaithful movie stars and now rock stars of their generation, made fornication fashionable. In that era it became “okay” to sleep around with anybody of the opposite sex–even if you weren’t married. Venereal diseases increased, babies out of wed-lock sky-rocketed, and over a number of decades, sex before marriage became the new norm for many singles.
Sexual Atheism 3.0 – The 80’s and 90’s brought the next logical deception in sexual practice–sex between members of the same sex. In some ways this was a reaction to the debasement of marriage, but it still came from the same source–the satanic world. Same sex relationships are not normal–it is abnormal when judged by universal and biblical norms. But in the last twenty years, the American nation has moved so far away from God and his principles that love itself has been re-defined to mean “doing what I want with whomever I want.”
Which brings us to Bruce Jenner–soon to be called Caitlyn Jenner. He is a tragic figure who was once an Olympic decathlon champion. He was born a man and has fathered children. He is the poster-child of the secular press and academia for:
Secular Atheism 4.0
In his recent interview with Diane Sawyer, which was held with much fanfare as “courageous” and “historic” from the progressive press, Jenner told the world he was born a man but considers himself a woman inside. Just recently he completed the final surgeries necessary for becoming female-ized.
His trans gender transformation will be celebrated in an upcoming article in Vanity Fair. In that piece, Jenner says he “suffered a panic attack the day after undergoing 10-hour facial-feminization surgery on March 15″—a procedure he believed would take 5 hours. Jenner thought to himself, “What did I just do? What did I just do to myself?”
A counselor then assured him that all was well. Two months later, he is a “she” who goes by the name Caitlyn, wants to marry another woman, and is also hosting “girl’s nights” with wine and cheese to show off his/her new identity. Jenner’s children are putting a positive spin on their father’s coming out, but have refused to participate in Caitlyn’s docu-series for the E! network, set to begin this summer.
Now you know why the trans gender movement (e.g. common bathrooms) is starting to take off in the public schools. We’e been secularized by the satanic mindset. Who knows what the next versions of sexual atheism will include. Multiple people marrying? Sex with kids if it’s consensual? Sex with pets if its consensual? How about bigamy and polygamy?
A forest of immorality has been growing in this nation for six decades. I hope you see what’s happening from the higher elevation of Scripture.
Sexual sanity and purity has been replaced bit by bit with adultery, fornication, homosexuality and now transgenderism. They are “normal.” They were once abnormal–and even unthinakable. Biblical sexuality is now being ridiculed–all in the name of love and self-expression.
But here is what’s really going on: A satanic mindset is trying to destroy the image of God in human beings. It will cripple many lives and could even take down a great nation. Of course, that is the strategy of the immoral attack.
All the dominoes of sexual immorality have one thing in common: The exaltation of SELF. I will sleep with another man’s wife if I desire. I will have sex before marriage if I want. I will have sex with whatever person I choose. And I will change my gender if I feel inclined.
The key word in that sentence is I. To sin is to do your own thing.
To live a godly and moral life is to trust your Creator with your make-up, temptations, insecurities and questions and follow his wise ways for living and salvation–to make Him Lord of your life.
Not I, but Christ.
Weep over and pray for Bruce Jenner and those who will follow him off the cliff of self-realization. Only one self-discovery is paramount: “I am a sinner, and I need a Savior who can forgive and transform me.”
His name is Jesus.
We desperately need Him to bring us Revival 4.0.