In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, provides the biblical reasons why sex outside of marriage is wrong. Here are some excerpts:

Sex in the Context of Marriage

“…We read this morning a part of the story of creation, and our first text is the culmination of that magnificent first chapter of the Bible, “God saw all that He had made and it was very good.” This leads me to say at the outset something which I think is of the utmost importance within the context of our question: Sex is something which God made, and therefore, it also is “very good.” There is nothing sordid or nasty about sexual intimacy within the context of marriage.

Dr. William Temple, the late Archbishop of Canterbury, once pointed out that it is wrong to joke about sex for the same reason that it would be wrong to joke about Holy Communion; not because either subject is nasty, but because both are sacred; and to joke about such things is profanity. So, the Christian avoids being crude about sex, not because sex is bad, but precisely because it is good. It is a gift of God to be appreciated and enjoyed according to the ground rules He has established.

Your Body– A Temple of the Holy Spirit

Perhaps some of you are feeling a bit uncomfortable and thinking to yourself, “Is this really an appropriate subject for a Sunday morning sermon?” I would answer by simply saying this: A sermon should be something about you and your relationship to God and your relationship to your fellow human beings.

And that brings me to our second text — ‘Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.’…”

“…What is there about sexual intercourse that makes it wrong for unmarried people? Let Paul tell you…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


May 22, 1994

Genesis1:31 and 1 Corinthians 6:19

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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