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May 4, 2013 / Pastor George Fike

“Who said you wanna revolution? We-e-ell, you know…”

You say you want a revolutionBed In (1)
Well, you know
We all want to change the world…

The Beatles’ Revolution, with apologies to McCartney/Lennon… Wait a minute… why am I apologizing?

In my last post, I recounted just enough of the Sexual Revolution‘s history to highlight its depersonalizing effects.  With our current knowledge of brain science, we now have enough empirical data to understand why God established healthy sexual boundaries for his children-in-waiting.  I’ve been aware for a while now that …

Doing things changes stuff.

Specifically, the actions we choose effectively change our brains.  That’s right.  The hardware, not just its software (our thoughts).  Through MRI’s and PET scans, neurologists have observed areas of the brain as they respond to sexual thought and activity.

Until now, efforts to accurately assess the connection between sex, love, sexual desire, sexual risk-taking, and so on with brain activity have been limited. But with the aid of modern research techniques and technologies, scientists are confirming that sex is more than a momentary physical act. It produces powerful, even lifelong, changes in our brains that direct and influence our future to a surprising degree. 

Peter L. Benson, et al., “Hardwired to Connect: The New Scientific Case for Authoritative Communities,” Commission on Children at Risk. Institute for American Values, (2003): 24–25. Cited in Bush, Freda McKissic; McIlhaney Jr., Joe S. (2008-08-01). Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children (p. 21). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

I first observed this principle as a pastor in Illinois.  There was a single mom who had left an abusive husband and relocated to a small town nearby with her young daughter.  After I had spent time ministering to this family, the mom revealed to me that she had left her husband, not because of beatings she had endured, but upon learning that he had sexually molested her daughter.  “I couldn’t put up with that, especially since I had gone through that with my own father,” she told me.   Mom had been diagnosed bipolar; lo and behold, her preteen daughter soon would be diagnosed that way herself.  Mom assumed it was in her genes; what I suspected was that her stressful upbringing produced changes in her brain chemistry.  She had married into a situation that reproduced her unhappy childhood, and now her daughter’s brain chemistry responded in the same way.  They were both on similar prescriptions because events and responses made real, physical changes in their brains.

Over the years, I have seen example after example of chosen behaviors creating changes in the brains, and thus into the personalities of individuals.  I believe many of the idiosyncrasies of sexually dysfunctional persons (I’ll define that later) are the result of repetitious behavioral choices that created chemical changes that can now be observed in their bodies.  This is true in every area of our lives – spiritual, social, intellectual, emotional, and physical.  If we cooperate with God’s design, beneficial things occur; when we violate God’s design, malevolent things – STDs, depression, physical trauma, autoimmune deficiencies, broken relationships – will follow.

So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies,… and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.  Romans 1:24, 27b (NLT)

The Sexual Revolution that began in the 60’s exclaimed “Free Love!”   But the truth is, it introduced sexual enslavement.  Whatever you give yourself to will come to master you.  Those who gave themselves to total sexual “liberation” were soon to learn what a cruel master it was.

One recent study of sexually active adolescents illustrates that sexual activity has more ramifications beyond the physical.  The study showed that both boys and girls who have had sex are three times more likely to be depressed than their friends who are still virgins. The study accounted for other factors in the lives of the young people, ensuring an accurate comparison with their peers. The girls who became sexually active were three times more likely to have attempted suicide as their virgin friends, while the sexually active boys were fully seven times more likely to have attempted suicide.  Yet it is a good bet that none of these young people were aware that depression and suicidal thoughts might be caused in part by their sexual behavior.

Bush, Freda McKissic; McIlhaney Jr., Joe S. (2008-08-01). Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children (p. 20). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

There is nothing casual about sexual sin.  The consequences are emotional, physical, and spiritual degradation.  To this point I haven’t even brought up the physical ills that have pocked our social landscape.  Such as:

Each year, a whopping 19 million new cases (STD’s) are contracted. Half of these are in people under the age of twenty-five.

H. Weinstock, S. Berman, and W. Cates, Jr., “Sexually Transmitted Diseases among American Youth: Incidence and Prevalence Estimates, 2000,” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 36, no. 1 (2004): 6–10.

Anyone who believes unbounded sex is “free” needs to sit down and count its cost:

  • unwarranted teen pregnancies
  • syphilis, gonorrhea, and AIDS epidemics
  • high divorce rates
  • countless individuals living with depression

Or, as foreseen by Pitirim Sorokin in The American Sex Revolution (published 1956 – before the explosion we have come to know):

…it forcefully linked what Sorokin variously called “sex freedom” and “sex anarchy” to a long list of what he argued were critical social ills, including

  • rising rates of divorce and illegitimacy,
  • abandoned and neglected children,
  • a coarsening of the arts high and low, and much more,
  • including the apparent increase in mental disorders.

“Sex obsession”, argued Sorokin, now “bombards us continuously, from cradle to grave, from all points of our living space, at almost every step of our activity, feeling, and thinking.”

Eberstadt, Mary (2012-03-09). Adam and Eve After The Pill (Kindle Locations 1901-1902). Ignatius Press. Kindle Edition.

Thankfully, God is a God Who saves.  He can turn around your situation.  He is simply waiting for a humble society to repent.  Let’s never stop praying for that.


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