When the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last June 26th I knew that would eventually open the door to all kinds of aberrant sexual behavior.
What I didn’t realize was how open that door already was. For example, polygamy is now more popular than ever. According to a June 2015 Gallup survey the percentage of Americans who find polygamy to be morally acceptable has more than doubled since 2001. In 2001, only seven percent of Americans deemed polygamy morally acceptable. Now 16 percent say they do not find it objectionable. Since polygamy is frequently considered a pejorative term, secularists are now calling intimate relationships involving more than two people “polyamorous.”
According to The Daily Beast, commenting on the Gallup poll, the polygamous population in the U.S. is somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 people, most of whom are Muslims and Mormons.
Not only is polygamy gaining wider acceptance, but pedophilia, which was once considered to be almost universally condemned, has more recently become trivialized and now headed in the direction of being normalized in our society.
Jerome R. Corsi of World News Daily has stated, “The underlying assumption that has led to the increasing legitimization of same-sex marriage is now fueling a growing effort in academic circles to mainstream pedophilia.”
Corsi then added, “Once considered taboo, psychologists are beginning to walk down the same path LGBT activists established more than 50 years ago, insisting that pedophilia is an inborn ‘sexual orientation,’ not a learned sexual behavior.”
Additionally, because of social attitudes about gender and sexuality, rape is now becoming more and more tolerable in some circles. The victims are often portrayed as being seductive and the virile male is expected to do nothing less than flex his sexual prowess and give full rein to his libido.
Zerline Maxwell, writing for Time Magazine, stated, “[Ours] is a rape culture: a culture in which sexual violence is the norm and victims are blamed for their own assaults.”
The next ‘logical’ step
Now, the latest socially acceptable sexual perversion, at least in some sectors of society, is incest, or what is being called “genetic sexual attraction.” Michael Cook of Mercatornet.com writes, “Kim West was studying in California when she had a child out of wedlock. She gave him up for adoption and returned to England. Nearly 30 years later she learned that her son Ben Ford wanted to contact her. When they met, they immediately felt an overwhelming sexual attraction. Ben ended up abandoning his wife and moving in with his mother. They live together and are considering having children.”
Cook then adds, “Having accepted the logic of same-sex marriage, it is difficult to reject the logic of legalized incest.”
One blogger stated, “There is not one logical reason why incest is morally wrong. Take, for example, a brother and sister who are in an incestuous relationship. They’re both older than the age of consent, and they use methods of contraception. There is virtually no chance of them ever creating a child, so there will never be the pitter-patter of little Quasimodos lumbering about the house one day.”
Many people fear that inbreeding presents a threat to society. However, Cook maintains that the number of serious genetic disorders associated with inbreeding is quite limited. He adds, “Moreover, some scientists believe that, in the long run, populations may suffer from the prevention of consanguineous marriages.”
While unrestricted sexual freedom may not become a reality right away, it is becoming obvious that secularists and those with an unprincipled mindset are winning the sexual revolution. Behaviors once considered taboo are now being tolerated; and it just may be a matter of time until they are welcomed and celebrated.
When I was in seminary I had an ethics professor that required us to read Joseph Fletcher’s book Situational Ethics. The book gave evidence of Fletcher’s attempt to elevate a new morality and the “law of love” as the litmus test for whether something was right or wrong. However, one can rationalize much deviant behavior in the name of love, but without biblical guidelines, he has no way of knowing whether what he is doing is loving.
It was during those days that Billy Graham warned against “the new morality,” and stated, “The new morality is nothing more than the old immorality.”
It is the natural result of centuries of groping for a system of ethics that will excuse man’s unbelief and pander to his perversions.
The “new morality” is nothing less than a moral relativism that can be defined as a lack of moral absolutes. Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Los Angeles, writes: “It (moral relativism) is the belief that just because something is true to you doesn’t mean that it is true to me. Moral relativism teaches that we are all basically good, and if we do something bad, it is because we are victims, the result of our upbringing or environment.
“Moral relativism teaches freedom from all restraint. But the irony is that if you disagree with these things, then you are insensitive. If you have the audacity to say you believe there is right and wrong and good and evil, then you are classified as insensitive, intolerant, bigoted, and narrow-minded. If you dare to quote the Bible and say it is the source of truth, then you will be accused of pushing your puritanical belief system on others.
“Therefore, when it comes to the Bible, we cannot pick and choose what we will believe and what we will not. It’s a package deal. We take it the way God gave it. Yet we have removed God’s absolutes from our culture. We have done our best to take God out of the classroom, out of the courtroom, and out of everything we can. Then we are amazed to see chaos breaking out as a result.”
In short, those who want to jettison any kind of absolute moral standard and give license to any kind deviant behavior are minions of Satan and responsible for what is sure to become an unruly, chaotic, and anarchic society.