THE GIFT OF SEX
APOSTOLIC INSIGHT ~ What can the Apostles and Church Fathers tell us about our times? What advice do they have for our problems? Here What can the Apostles and Church Fathers are some of their thoughts–
One of the pressing issues of our time is how the opposite sexes should relate to each other. What is proper? What is immoral? Here’s what some of the Church Fathers wrote:
St. John Chrysostom
Sex is not evil; it is a gift from God. But it can become a hindrance to someone who desires to devote all his (or her) strength to a life of prayer … Concerning sex, we must strive for self-control. St. Paul tells us to seek peace and sanctification, without which it is impossible to see the Lord. Let us pursue holiness.
Only the lifeless are exempt from the battles of lust. We know, then, that the struggle of flesh and spirit is extremely useful to us… to gain self-control and mastery over our desires.
Theophilus of Antioch
Christians practice self-control and exercise continence, observe monogamy, guard chastity, and wipe out all injustice, destroying sin with its root.
The Apostle Peter
I beseech you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against your soul. Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that in case they speak against you as wrongdoers they may see your good deed and glorify God…
Contributed by: Rev. Dr. Robert Wise