Doctrine of Sensuality – “Sexual Immorality”
“Sensuality” in Eph 4:19 is the Greek Noun ASELGEIA – ἀσέλγεια (as-elg’-i-a) that means, “licentiousness, excess wantonness, or lasciviousness.” It generally refers to sexual immorality as excess devotion to sensual pleasures to gratify physical appetites, especially sexual appetites. It is used in Mark 7:22; Rom 13:13; 2 Cor 12:21; Gal 5:19; Eph 4:19; 1 Peter 4:3; 2 Peter 2:2, 7, 18; Jude 1:4.
There are a number of types of “sensuality” or sexual immorality found in Scripture. The two primary ones are called adultery and fornication. Other types of sexual immorality include incest, homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, molestation of children, indecent exposure, masturbation, sodomy, etc.
Definition of Adultery. Adultery is sexual relationship with the opposite sex when one or both members are married to someone else. In Scripture, it is defined as sexual intercourse of a man, whether married or unmarried, with a married woman. It is also used in Scripture in the sense of any sexual activity outside of Divine institution #2, (marriage between one man and one woman). Therefore, sometimes adultery may be categorized as fornication in the seduction of a member of the opposite sex, or one of the other immoral sexual behaviors noted above. Adultery is also categorized as fornication, except in Mat 15:19; Mark 7:21.
Mat 15:19-20, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. 20These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.”
Definition of Fornication. Fornication refers to sexual activity between those of the opposite sex where neither party is married. It is the seduction of the opposite sex of the human race outside of marriage. Fornication is forbidden in 1 Cor 6:18.
Definition of Homosexuality / Lesbianism. Homosexuality and Lesbianism refer to sexual activity between those of the same sex, either a man with a man, which is typically called homosexuality, or a woman with a woman, called lesbianism, whether married to a member of the opposite sex or not. If married to a member of the opposite sex and then committing homosexual or lesbian activity, it also falls under the category of adultery. In addition, just because the laws of a state or country may allow for homosexual activity and marriages, that does not legitimize it in God’s eyes. It still is a sin and an egregious one that is an attack on God’s Divine protection for the human race under Divine Institution #2; (marriage between a man and a woman). Finally, these are also categorized as sexual sins of degeneracy in Scripture along with:
Bestiality, which is sexual relationship between a human being and an animal.
Necrophilia, which is erotic attraction to a corpse.
The sexual sins of crime:
- Rape, which is to force a person to have intercourse.
- Incest, which is sexual intercourse between parents and children.
- Pederasty, which is sexual relationship between two males, one of whom is a minor.
- Prostitution, which is the practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money.
- Pandering, which is the function of a pimp, a go between who profits from the vices of others related to illicit sexual intercourse.
Sex is not love, it is designed to be an expression of Category #2 Love, (love between the right man and right woman). Sex was designed by God as an expression of Category #2 Love between a right man and a right woman that is an extension of soul love for each other. The principle of the wrong woman is found in Prov 6:20-35.
By analogy, sensuality (adultery, fornication, homosexuality, etc.) has a spiritual meaning, which refers to reversionism among unbelievers, Heb 12:16, and believers. Adultery, fornication, etc. are often used in the Bible to describe reversionism and apostasy, Jer 3:8-10; Ezek 16:23-43; 23:24-28; 1 Tim 1:8-10; Heb 12:16; Rev 12:16; 17:1-5.
Heb 12:16, “That there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.”
The Greek word for “immoral” here is PORNOS – πόρνος (por’-nos), where we get our word “pornography” from that means, “a fornicator.” Cf. 1 Cor 5:9-11; 6:9; Eph 5:5; 1 Tim 1:8-10; Heb 13:4; Rev 21:8; 22:15.
1 Tim 1:8-10, “But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,”
Another Greek word for adultery is MOICHOS – μοιχός (moy-khos’), and its cognates that mean, “adultery or unlawful intercourse,” Luke 18:11; 1 Cor 6:9; Heb 13:4; James 4:4; 2 Peter 2:14.
James 4:4, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
2 Peter 2:14, “Having eyes full of adultery and that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed [PLEONEXIA – πλεονεξία], accursed children.”
The prohibitions of sexual immorality apply to every dispensation, because they are a part of God’s design for morality and protection in the human race. The mandates are given in six sub points.
- It was prohibited by the Mosaic Law in the Ten Commandments, Ex 20:14; Deut 5:18.
- It is prohibited in the New Testament, Acts 15:20; Rom 13:9; 1 Cor 6:18; Col 3:5; 1 Thes 4:3.
- Mental adultery is prohibited, Mat 5:27-28.
- Incest is forbidden, Lev 18:6ff; Deut 27:20; Lev 20:14; 1 Cor 5:1-7.
- Homosexuality is forbidden, Lev 18:22; 20:13; Rom 1:18-32.
- Bestiality is forbidden, Lev 18:23; 20:15; Deut 27:21.
Mental adultery means that a man gets an image in his right lobe and his emotion revolts in lustful desire for that image. In overt adultery, the soul makes a decision and the body follows through. In mental adultery, only the volition or the soul is involved.
Sexual immorality and the Frantic Search for Happiness are related, Eph 5:3. Sexual immorality should not even be mentioned as a means of happiness. Sex should be an expression of a pre-existing happiness.
Sexual immorality carries certain laws of punishment, frustration, and certain forms of slavery. Once you commit sexual immorality, you have stepped into a soul type of slavery. This is a part of its punishment. Sexual immorality is one of the manifestations of both sublimation and emotional revolt of the soul, (although you can commit sexual immorality without emotional revolt).
This is taught in the use of the Greek noun PLEONEXIA in Eph 4:19; 5:3. Beyond greediness, covetousness, and insatiable lust, this word actually means a Frantic Search for Happiness, due to the insatiable nature of sexual immorality that leads you to always chase after it, which leads to a form of slavery, because mentally and/or physically you are consumed by sex.
Reversionistic destruction of the soul through sexual immorality is described in Prov 6:32; Eph 4:19. This means Blackout of the Soul leading to Scar Tissue upon the Soul, where it become more and more difficult for the believer to cycle Bible Doctrine through the soul for application, especially to Rebound and Recovery to get out of the destructive cycle of sexual immorality.
Prov 6:32, “The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.”
In addition, there is the potential for physical destruction as a result of sexual immorality that is found in Mark 7:21-23; 1 Cor 6:13-18. Promiscuity can have a destructive effect upon both the male and the female body. The male body: impotence, inability to sexually satisfy the right woman; the female body: the destruction of sexual responses to the right man, loss of orgiastic pleasure in sex, and the result of antithetical type problems: nymphomania and frigidity.
Sexual immorality is a bona fide basis for divorce, Mat 5:32; 19:9; Luke 16:18. The resultant Blackout of the Soul, Scar Tissue of the Soul, Frantic Search for Happiness intensified in reversionism destroys rapport between husband and wife. This is also emphasized in Deut 24:4. The principle of interim sex destroys soul love and sex capacity.
Under phallic reversionism, (i.e., adultery, fornication, or any other sexual immorality), it builds Scar Tissue in the Soul, destroys the body, and ruins the spiritual life. Therefore, they are the enemy of right man, right woman relationship and are prohibited in the strongest terms in Eph 5:3.
God will discipline those who consistently participate in sexual immorality, Heb 13:4.
Heb 13:4, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
On the other hand, the sanctification of Category #2 Love in marriage is found in 1 Cor 7:3-5; 1 Thes 4:3-4; Heb 13:4.
1 Thes 4:3-5, For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God.”
The glory of Category #2 Love is described in a spiritual analogy, 1 Cor 11:7; Eph 5:25-31.
Your life and conduct must be based on doctrinal principles that there exists on this earth a right man or right woman for you and through them, you will have a fulfilled sexual life. It should not be a case of cheap substitutes for your self-gratification. Fornication, adultery, homosexuality, etc., are accepting a cheap substitute, in order to gratify a biological or even an emotional urge, or to enter into a Frantic Search for Happiness through reversionistic reactor factors. When you have Bible doctrine in the heart of your soul, you will have Divine viewpoint plus faith-rest, that will lead you to flee from sexual immorality. Super-grace, the Edification Complex of the Soul (ECS), and spiritual growth under the Grace Apparatus for Perception (GAP), all reject the principle of the Frantic Search for Happiness through fornication or any of the other categories.
Bible doctrine in the soul is the capacity for Category #2 Love. Therefore, GAP is the preparation for the greatest of human relationships. The super-grace status gives maximum capacity to express love in sex between a right man and right woman.