SIGNS OF THE TIMES

Truth in the Time of the Signs

Sex and Sexuality

In the span of one normal length life we have seen dramatic changes in laws and attitudes. For example, in 1938;

Abortionists went to prison.

Pregnancy out of wedlock was scandalous.

Homosexuality was considered unnatural, immoral and a criminal activity.

Pornography was despised as a perversion.[1]

In 2018;

Virginity– In the UK the average age a person loses their virginity is 17.4 years old.[2]– down from 22 years old in the 1950’s and 20 years old in the 1980’s.

  • Children in Scottish schools should not worry about breaking the law if they have sex at 13, according to new lesson plans drawn up for the Scottish Government.  The draft Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) resource suggests teaching pupils aged 12 to 14 that although sex under the age of 16 is illegal, those aged 13 and over could engage in sexual activity without fear of reprimand.  Critics say it would effectively lower the age of consent.[3]

Fidelity – Two-thirds of college students have been in a “friends with benefits” relationship, citing the lack of commitment required as the main advantage to such an arrangement. [4]

  • 45% of men and 22% of women say they have cheated on their current partner, according to a survey commissioned by Italian website incontri-extraconiugali.co.
  • According to a survey of adults aged 20 to 59, women have an average of four sex partners during their lifetime; men have an average of seven.[5]

Family – There are around two million single parents – they make up nearly a quarter of families with dependent children.[6]

Abortion – The World Health Organisation estimate between 40,000,000 – 50,000,000 abortions per year worldwide.  In the UK there have been over 8,800,000 since the practice was legalised in 1967, currently about 200,000 per year. 

  • Pro-life groups are being banned from working outside some abortion clinics.

STI/D’s– At least 50 percent of sexually active men and women will have a genital HPV infection at some point in their lives.[7]

  • Gov.uk reports;
    • In 2017, there were approximately 422,000 diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) made in England.  
    • There were 7,137 diagnoses of syphilis reported in 2017, a 20% increase (from 5,955) relative to the year prior and a 148% increase relative to 2008.
    • There were 44,676 diagnoses of gonorrhoea reported in 2017, a 22% increase (from 36,577) relative to the year prior.
    • Over 1.3 million chlamydia tests were carried out and over 126,000 chlamydia diagnoses were made among young people aged 15 to 24 years. 

LGBT– Around one in 25 young people in the UK identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, new figures suggest.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 4.1% of 16 to 24-year-olds identified as LGB, up from 3.3% in 2015.

Across all ages, the ONS noted a “statistically significant increase”, with 2% of the population – more than a million people – identifying as LGB last year, compared with 1.7% in 2015.[8]

Transgenderism– Activists are playing a significant role in the rise of gender confusion among young people, critics have warned.  This is fuelling concerns that young people in the UK will grow up having had medical transitions that they did not really want.

  • Dorothy Stringer School, in Brighton, has had 40 pupils between the ages of eleven and 16 who do not identify with their biological sex. A further 36 pupils identify as ‘gender-fluid’.
  • Over the past five years, the number of children referred to the NHS’s gender clinic has risen by 700 per cent.
  • In Brighton, LGBT charity Allsorts Youth Project asserts that parents who question their child’s wish to transition could be referred to social services.

At the age of 16 or 18, it is feared that many of those referred will have life-changing alterations made to their bodies, and be given hormones that will affect their fertility, without proper medical diagnosis.

Michele Moore from the Patient Safety Academy at Oxford University said: “In no other field with such effects has treatment got so far ahead of research”.[9]

Pornography Statistics[10]

  1. Porn sites receive more regular traffic than Netflix, Amazon, & Twitter combined each month
  2. 35% of all internet downloads are porn-related.
  3. 34% of internet users have been exposed to unwanted porn via ads, pop-ups, etc. 
  4. People who admit to having extramarital affairs were over 300% more likely to admit consuming porn than those who have never had an affair. 
  5. At least 30% of all data transferred across the internet is porn-related.
  6. Recorded child sexual exploitation (known as “child porn”) is one of the fastest-growing online businesses.
  7. 624,000+ child porn traders have been discovered online in the U.S.

  • Porn is a global industry, estimated to be worth $97 billion.
  • In 2016 alone, more than 4,599,000,000 hours of porn were consumed on the world’s largest porn site. 
  • Eleven pornography sites are among the world’s top 300 most popular Internet sites. The most popular such site, at number 18, outranks the likes of eBay, MSN, and Netflix.
  • 13.64% of young people, ages 13–24, actively seek out pornography weekly or more often.
  • Teenage girls and young women are significantly more likely to actively seek out porn than women 25 years old and above.
  • A Swedish study of 18-year-old males found that frequent users of pornography were significantly more likely to have sold and bought sex than other boys of the same age.
  • A 2015 meta-analysis of 22 studies from seven countries found that internationally the consumption of pornography was significantly associated with increases in verbal and physical aggression, among males and females alike.
  • A recent UK survey found that 44% of males aged 11–16 who consumed pornography reported that online pornography gave them ideas about the type of sex they wanted to try.

What does this mean?

Our recent and rapid journey into an ever-more sex and sexuality focused society was foretold over 2,000 years ago, along with the consequences of it;

Exodus 20: 13 – 14  “You shall not murder.”  “You shall not commit adultery.”

Jude 7-8– In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

Romans 1: 18 – 32 -The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness… their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened… Therefore, God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another… Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.  In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error… They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity… they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love… Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also  approve of those who practice them.

Revelation 9: 21– Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Revelation 21: 5 – 8 -He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”  Then he said,“Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  He said to me: “It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To the thirsty I will give water without cost from   the spring of the water of life.  Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulphur.  This is the second death.”

What else does the Bible tell us?– The Future

What does that mean for you?– Good News


[1]Dr David R. Reagan

[2]The Independent – 10thFebruary 2018 

[3]Christian Institute – 7thSeptember 2018

[4]Wayne State University and Michigan State University

[5]National Centre for Health Statistics

[6]Office for National Statistics

[7]Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

[8]BBC News – 4thOctober 2017

[9]Christian Institute – 1stDecember 2018

[10]Fight the New Drug – 28thAugust 2018

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