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All around is the subtle siren song that there is only one absolute, and that is that there are no absolutes. In a climate of moral relativism, each person is on his own to pick and choose his own moral code (or lack of code).

Whereas our Western societies were founded on a Judeo-Christian heritage, an increasing number of people neglect and reject the Bible, the sole universal authority that defines the character and conduct that our Creator God intended for all human beings. When parents don't teach and practice the Ten Commandments, what hope is there for their children to adhere to God's laws?

The Bible clearly and powerfully teaches that the only sexual relationship God approves is that between a man and woman who are married to each other. One of the most common motives of people—heterosexuals and homosexuals—who are trying to discredit the authority of the Bible is their desire to feel free of any sexual constraints.

How sad this is, when our Creator knows what is best for us—what is best for our safety, health and happiness. Beyond that, God has a plan for each of us that will result in our receiving eternal life if—if—we will submit to His plan.

And God warns that sexual sins are often the most self-damaging to one's heart, mind and body. "Whoever commits adultery with a woman [or man] lacks understanding; he who does so destroys his own soul" (Proverbs 6:32 Proverbs 6:32But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he that does it destroys his own soul.
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). The apostle Paul paraphrased this in 1 Corinthians 6:18 1 Corinthians 6:18Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.
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: "Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body."

When you fail to plan, you plan to fail

One of the biggest problems is that most people live their lives by accident. They impulsively proceed from one accident to another because of their lack of long-range vision. "A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences" (Proverbs 22:3 Proverbs 22:3A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
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, New Living Translation). As a result, they fall into one pit, one ditch, one trap and one disaster after another.

Many sins are not premeditated, but that is no excuse. If people would premeditate and plan the opposite—a godly lifestyle—they would be prepared to successively avoid and resist tempting situations without getting sucked into them.

The world is full of the foolish who recklessly indulge in high-risk and self-destructive activities. A high degree of intelligence doesn't seem to help much, as educated people succumb to lusts about as much as the average person. True success results from true godly wisdom—"wisdom that is from above"—not the perverted wisdom of the world which is "earthly, sensual, demonic" (James 3:14-17 James 3:14-17 [14] But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. [15] This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. [16] For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. [17] But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
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The first nine chapters of the book of Proverbs are thought-provoking, as they contrast wisdom—portrayed as a beautiful, chaste woman—with naïveté and foolishness—portrayed as a prostitute, whose "house leads down to death" (Proverbs 2:18 Proverbs 2:18For her house inclines to death, and her paths to the dead.
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). They describe how knowing God's laws and being dedicated to their obedience will keep one from the seductive pitfalls and snares of life. In other words, adopting God's plan for your life will keep you from unplanned pregnancies, unplanned disasters, unplanned everything.

These scriptures also teach that spiritual adultery (being unfaithful to God) and physical adultery (being unfaithful to one's spouse or future spouse) tend to go hand in hand. One leads to the other.

God's plan for each of us is to set right goals, make plans for how to reach those goals and then stick with those plans. A good example is the goal of maintaining virginity (sexual abstinence) until marriage. It is wonderful how many groups are promoting this, encouraging pledges to sexual purity, such as "Save Sex," "True Love Waits," the "Silver Ring Thing," etc.

These pledges often have good results when they are undergirded by strong religious convictions and the awareness that God's standards forbid all sexual activity outside of marriage, including oral sex and sexual petting (intimate touching). And public pledges serve as a wonderful light and role model for others.

Immaturity equals recklessness

Courage is noble and necessary when it is bravery to do the right thing. But young people often get in big trouble by being overly audacious and daring. In fact, they are tempted by the daring excitement of indulging in "forbidden fruit."

"Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child" (Proverbs 22:15 Proverbs 22:15Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
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). That's why minor children urgently need ongoing teaching and discipline from their parents (Proverbs 22:6 Proverbs 22:6Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
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People, children especially, have a strong desire to try things out for themselves and to experiment. God designed us this way, but children need to be educated and forewarned about boundaries and dangers. An insightful quote is, "Good judgment is usually the result of experience. Experience is usually the result of bad judgment." Teach your children to learn from other people's experience so they don't have to learn the consequences the hard way!

Teach your children the virtues of honesty, respect and love for other people, and living by the Golden Rule. At the appropriate ages, begin teaching your children the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, reckless driving, gambling, crime and other risky behavior. And certainly teach them the huge value of moral purity and warn them about the many kinds of temptations that will threaten that purity.

Once kids reach puberty, their hormones kick in big-time; and this tempts them toward sexual experience and experimentation. Parents need to continually teach their children God's standards of morality and maturity, and they should begin long before their children reach adolescence! An excellent book for parents is Preparing for Adolescence, by Dr. James Dobson.

Parents should emphasize the positive benefits of God's ways at least as much as the negative consequences of Satan's ways. Teach your children that God's design of their bodies, including their sexuality, is "very good" and that they are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Genesis 1:31 Genesis 1:31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
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; Psalms 139:14 Psalms 139:14I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well.
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). Our Creator God is the One who made males and females sexually compatible and instituted marriage to be only the union of a husband and wife (Genesis 2:18-25 Genesis 2:18-25 [18] And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. [19] And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them: and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. [20] And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. [21] And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; [22] And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her to the man. [23] And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. [24] Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall join to his wife: and they shall be one flesh. [25] And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
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The relationship that has the greatest potential for human fulfillment in this life is marriage. "Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain [physical, temporary] life" (Ecclesiastes 9:9 Ecclesiastes 9:9Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of the life of your vanity, which he has given you under the sun, all the days of your vanity: for that is your portion in this life, and in your labor which you take under the sun.
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). But living a single life also has spiritual and physical advantages, as Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 7:1-40 1 Corinthians 7:1-40 [1] Now concerning the things whereof you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. [2] Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. [3] Let the husband render to the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife to the husband. [4] The wife has not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband has not power of his own body, but the wife. [5] Defraud you not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. [6] But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. [7] For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man has his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. [8] I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. [9] But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. [10] And to the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: [11] But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. [12] But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother has a wife that believes not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. [13] And the woman which has an husband that believes not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. [14] For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. [15] But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God has called us to peace. [16] For what know you, O wife, whether you shall save your husband? or how know you, O man, whether you shall save your wife? [17] But as God has distributed to every man, as the Lord has called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. [18] Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. [19] Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. [20] Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. [21] Are you called being a servant? care not for it: but if you may be made free, use it rather. [22] For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. [23] You are bought with a price; be not you the servants of men. [24] Brothers, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. [25] Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that has obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. [26] I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. [27] Are you bound to a wife? seek not to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. [28] But and if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. [29] But this I say, brothers, the time is short: it remains, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; [30] And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; [31] And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passes away. [32] But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried cares for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: [33] But he that is married cares for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. [34] There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married cares for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. [35] And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare on you, but for that which is comely, and that you may attend on the Lord without distraction. [36] But if any man think that he behaves himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sins not: let them marry. [37] Nevertheless he that stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, does well. [38] So then he that gives her in marriage does well; but he that gives her not in marriage does better. [39] The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. [40] But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
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So whether married or single, every person who faithfully lives by God's laws will be greatly blessed. On the other hand, "Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one walk on hot coals, and his feet not be seared?" (Proverbs 6:27-28 Proverbs 6:27-28 [27] Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? [28] Can one go on hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
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). Those who transgress God's laws regarding sex automatically bring on themselves the consequences and curses that accompany those sins.

Heterosexual and homosexual temptations

The Bible makes it clear that God is allowing Satan the devil to be the presiding "god of this age" and "ruler of this world" (2 Corinthians 4:4 2 Corinthians 4:4In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.
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; John 12:31 John 12:31Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
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; John 14:30 John 14:30Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me.
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; John 16:11 John 16:11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
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). Two other names of Satan mean "destruction" and "destroyer" (Revelation 9:11 Revelation 9:11And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue has his name Apollyon.
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). Satan is hell-bent on destroying us, and one major way is through sexual sins. Satan is glad to see either heterosexual or homosexual sin, as all sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2 Isaiah 59:2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
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Sad to say, because of the increasing political and media power of the gay activists in Western societies, we must do much more than ever to prepare ourselves and our children to clearly see the sin and dangers of the gay lifestyle.

There is abundant scriptural evidence in the Bible to prove that all homosexual activity is sinful, whether or not the two people have entered into any legal "union," but it is not the purpose of this article to prove that. Nor is its purpose to teach the many factors in childhood that can predispose a young person toward same-sex attraction (SSA). Those factors have been explained in articles in Breaking Free and other sources. Please contact us if you have questions about any of these subjects.

The purpose of this article is to give additional awareness of how many sexual temptations we and our children can face.

As said previously, teens, who have a strong sexual drive, are naturally drawn toward sexual temptations. And in today's culture, with its politically correct "tolerance" (condoning) of any and all lifestyles, they may be tempted to "try" both heterosexual and homosexual acts.

Thoroughly teach your children the many reasons why it is sinful, dangerous and tragic to commit a sin even just once. Countless times a woman has become pregnant or a person has contracted an STD (sexually transmitted diseases) from only one sexual encounter. Even when one uses condoms or other devices, these consequences often occur.

Just one occurrence of a sexual sin sometimes leaves a person with a sense of guilt and shame that mentally scars him and detracts from his future joy in marriage. And one sin tends to lead to another sin (of the same kind and other kinds). Each time a person sins and does not deeply repent of it, his conscience is made less sensitive, and it becomes easier to justify doing the same sin again (1 Timothy 4:2 1 Timothy 4:2Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
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). Romans 1 (Romans 1:18-32 Romans 1:18-32 [18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; [19] Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has showed it to them. [20] For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: [21] Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. [22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, [23] And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. [24] Why God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: [25] Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. [26] For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: [27] And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. [28] And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; [29] Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, [30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, [31] Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: [32] Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
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) explains how one type of sin often leads to worse and more perverted sins.

Parents should also emphasize how merciful God is, very willing to forgive any mistakes and sins when a person truly repents. True repentance means being deeply sorry and determined not to repeat a sin, while trusting in the sacrifice that Jesus Christ suffered to pay for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3 1 Corinthians 15:3For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
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Teens and adults must understand that God's sexual standards are very high—for our own good. For example, the Seventh Commandment includes much more than a prohibition of adultery. People are terribly mistaken to think that God condones any sexually intimate activity between people who are not married.

Passionate kissing and petting are pleasures that God intended only for married couples. God's purpose is for them to be a natural prelude to marital intercourse—as part of a couple's foreplay. When single people indulge in this, no wonder they are tempted to "go all the way!" That is the process that God designed to help married couples go all the way!

This explains why many couples go much further sexually than what one or both anticipated, because one kiss led to another and they got "carried away." In some cases, one is deliberately seducing the other. In other cases, they are unintentionally seducing each other. So they have an "accident" because their lives are lived by impulse and accident instead of by planning!

Please remember: The influence of alcohol or drugs lowers inhibitions, incites lust and greatly increases the likelihood of sexual seduction.

So beware and be wise! Humans tend to foolishly put themselves into tempting circumstances and then regret the outcome. Don't see how close you can get to the edge of a cliff! To be safe, stay completely away from the cliff! The wisdom of the Bible is to "flee sexual immorality" and "flee also youthful lusts" (1 Corinthians 6:18 1 Corinthians 6:18Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.
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; 2 Timothy 2:22 2 Timothy 2:22Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
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). Get completely away from them!

In fact, Jesus Christ declares that we must not even allow lustful thoughts—whether of the opposite sex or same sex (Matthew 5:27-28 Matthew 5:27-28 [27] You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not commit adultery: [28] But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
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). One reason is that our thoughts lead to actions. Another reason is that our hearts and thoughts are extremely important to God! In the following verses, He dramatically illustrates that we must do whatever it takes to avoid and flee from sin (Matthew 5:29-30 Matthew 5:29-30 [29] And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell. [30] And if your right hand offend you, cut it off, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell.
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Gateways to homosexual sins

Besides the factors already explained, there are other reasons why people get into same-sex activity. One is the absence of the opposite sex, such as in prisons. Many people have so little moral character that they will do anything for sex.

Another is outright seduction. An active gay person, usually a man, will befriend a young man and invite him to join in a sport or recreational activity. The gay man may suggest an activity like bodybuilding or swimming, because he can see most of the body of the young man, or wrestling, because it involves lots of body contact. The aggressor may offer to teach various physical skills or how to give one another an after-workout massage. He may suggest that they relax while watching a sexy movie. The combination of friendly camaraderie, fun, and physical and mental stimulation can be an appetizer for more of the same and eventually more sexualized activity.

Another factor is peer pressure to experience what one's pals are experiencing—to "at least try it once." That's why the Bible has much to say about choosing your friends and companions wisely—because they have a huge influence on you (Proverbs 1:10-16 Proverbs 1:10-16 [10] My son, if sinners entice you, consent you not. [11] If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privately for the innocent without cause: [12] Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: [13] We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: [14] Cast in your lot among us; let us all have one purse: [15] My son, walk not you in the way with them; refrain your foot from their path: [16] For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
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; Proverbs 5:8; Proverbs 7:5; Proverbs 12:26; Proverbs 13:20; Proverbs 14:7).

Kids will taunt and "dare" others to try something, and many insecure young people are terribly tempted by this. Some kids will brag about how daring and wild they were to try something on the edge. Furthermore, many people pride themselves in being "tolerant" and respectful of all lifestyles, and may indulge in same-sex exploits to "prove" it. Some go so far as to take pride in being bisexual, thinking that is the really cool and sophisticated way to be.

Some guys reason that as long as they are only on the receiving end of oral sex (fellatio) from another guy, they won't be considered gay. Likewise, a girl may reason that if she is only on the receiving end of oral sex from another girl, she won't be considered gay. What foolish reasoning! In addition to every other problem with this action, it breaks down a barrier in the conscience so that it's easier to do the same thing again, and it often leads to the decision to switch places.

Some people first engage in a homosexual act on impulse. It is quite common for a guy to fantasize about sex and get himself all worked up, lusting to have sex with any willing girl he can find. Just when he is frustrated about not finding a loose girl, some guy suggests oral sex. It may be a half-drunk buddy. It may be a sexually-active gay man looking for a vulnerable guy. Regardless, the sexually-aroused guy may make an impulsive decision to do anything to get his sexual release.

Likewise, a girl can be discouraged and disgusted with the bad experiences she has had with guys. At a time when she may be high on booze or pot, another female suggests sexual intimacy, and that suddenly sounds appealing.

Romans 1:18-32 Romans 1:18-32 [18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; [19] Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has showed it to them. [20] For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: [21] Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. [22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, [23] And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. [24] Why God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: [25] Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. [26] For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: [27] And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. [28] And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; [29] Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, [30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, [31] Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: [32] Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
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very descriptively explains what happens when people reject God and His laws. As they stray further from God, they tend to degenerate into ever more perverted sins in their frantic and futile efforts to find pleasure and excitement, or to fill their loneliness.

Live by plans, not accidents

Without following God's plan for your life, things just happen. Your life becomes one accident after another. Let God's purpose for your life become your purpose.

One sin leads to other sins, which lead to bigger sins. Sin pollutes, corrupts and spreads, just like "a little leaven [yeast] leavens the whole lump [of dough]" (1 Corinthians 5:6-7 1 Corinthians 5:6-7 [6] Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? [7] Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
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). Sin is a snare (Proverbs 7:21-23 Proverbs 7:21-23 [21] With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. [22] He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; [23] Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hastens to the snare, and knows not that it is for his life.
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). It's easier to avoid sin in the first place than to get loose from it and repair the damage.

Indeed, this world has many enticements to heterosexual and homosexual promiscuity. Don't go near them. Stay clean and pure. And teach your children these things.

Rely on God to forgive you of your sins and then to help keep you spiritually clean. Walk with God because He is "able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy" (Jude 24, New International Version).