Issues: Sex

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"But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."-1 Samuel 16:7


AIDS has been a big topic lately (Decmember 5th), so I (Sal) thought this would be an appropriate time to do this website that I've been meaning to do for a long time.

I'm proud to say that I'm a virgin, which I'm not ashamed of. Many of my peers growing-up in high school (especially) would ridicule me that I was still a virgin. It was even before I came to Christ! I defintely wanted and still want to wait till I get married, like the article mentions below:

This is an example of what "we" need to becareful on what hear or see thru the media. The best source is our Heavenly Father's "love letter" (Bible):

5. FOOD FOR THOUGHT - SURVEY ON ABSTINENCE
(I selected this article since it questions some of the assumptions which are often made by the media regarding the behavior of teenagers. Abstinence is a real answer for thinking Godly families!)

HEADLINE: Editorial: Teens and sex/A poll produces startling results

Every parent has an opinion about teenagers and sex. But last spring the editors of Seventeen magazine and researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation realized they didn't really know what teenagers think about the subject. They conducted a national survey of high school students and the results, published in Seventeen this month, contradict almost everything that adults thought they knew. Some 92 percent of the teenagers, including 89 percent of boys, said that being a virgin in high school is a good thing. Nearly 75 percent said their peers support them if they say no to sex. More than three-fourths said they want to remain virgins until they are 18 or older, including 24 percent who want to wait until they are married. Results like that should calm those who believe the nation is in a spiral of moral decline. But they should also alert parents to an important responsibility they could be neglecting. Skeptics might challenge the survey results, except that they are consistent with other, bigger studies of teenagers' actual behavior. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the share of high school students who have had sex has fallen sharply in the last decade, from 54 percent in 1991 to 46 percent in 2001. Among teenagers who have sex, the use of condoms has risen sharply. Teen pregnancy rates fell by 25 percent during the 1990s and by 1999 had reached the lowest level in at least 20 years. But here's the blockbuster for grown-ups: Teenagers say they listen to their parents' advice and care about their parents' opinions. When asked to list the benefits of postponing sex, the No. 2 reason cited by teenagers was "respect from parents," right after "respect for yourself." Staying true to religious or moral values and keeping control of a romantic relationship also finished high on the list. "Parents think they've missed the boat by the time their children are 15 or 16," says Julia Davis, a senior program officer at Kaiser. "But three-fourths of the kids who are not sexually active say they learned something valuable from their parents." The irony is that, in many cases, it's not the kids who are letting their parents down, it may be parents who are letting their kids down. A separate Kaiser survey found a huge gap between the share of parents who say they've talked to their children about sex and the share of teenagers who say their parents have given them the information they need. "Parents feel that if they give their kids the one big talk, they've done their job," says Davis. "But teenagers want multiple conversations." Still feeling a bit squeamish? A Kaiser-sponsored Web site, www.talkwithkids.org , has tips to make the job a little easier.

*this was forwarded from my local church pastor

Some other Food for thought

HIV/AIDS

Date: Wed, 04 May 2005 15:44:52 CDT
From:
Subject:
To: "Alpha Omega"

"If you notice, the suggestion was made by a U.S Government personnel. The U.S government is known to exagerate certain events that occur in Africa for political reasons. Think about the HIV issue. Althoough the virus is known to be created by the U.S in an effort to get rid of the Black race, it attempts to persuade the American people that it is an epidemic rather than telling the American public the truth. Just think about this, Viruses are only created in labs, Chimps are only immune to Hiv, they do not produce it as claimed by many American scientist. Due to propaganda from the U.S government, the American people are fixed with the notion that the virus originated from Chimps, where are Chimps mostly found? Africa, something is wrong here. This article is just one of many propagandas used to dishonor the continent. Take a look at this
website Sal. www.bodygraves.com Click on the Timeline link. African Americans have the highest rate of HIV inffection in America, African Americans don't eat, or house Chimps. The virus was tested on African Americans first before Africans. "
-from UMM Student

Relates Sites:

  • Debunking The Out Of Africa Origin Of HIV & AIDS

  • "The Marriage of Cancer Research and Biowarfare in 1971
    Whatever the theoretical origin of HIV/AIDS, there is no doubt that the epidemic started a decade after scientists began "adapting" massive numbers of cancer-causing and immunosuppressive animal viruses and transferring them between various animal species in an attempt to experimentally produce cancer in the laboratory. In the process of these "species-jumping" experiments, the scientists mixed viruses together, seeded them into the bodies of various animal species, and planted them into animal and human cell cultures. In the process myriads of new, laboratory-created mutant, hybrid and recombinant viruses were created, some of which were exceedingly dangerous.

  • Natural History of HIV/AIDS, from Hartford University
  • Secret Origin of AIDS

  • "Is this simply another peculiarity of a virus that jumped species in the African bush? Or is HIV a designer virus, specifically adapted in its subtypes to infect certain racial groups and gay people?

    -Celebrities taking Action

  • Alyssa Milano, myspace

  • Alyssa-NNDB
    "In 2003, saying that she felt the need to use her celebrity to make the world a better place, Milano became a UNICEF Ambassador. She has worked with AIDS patients at a hospital in Angola, worked with tsunami survivors in India, and visited Hurricane Katrina survivors in Houston's Astrodome."
    Alyssa Milano passes her first test for UNICEF
    "LUANDA, 10 May, 2004 – UNICEF National Ambassador Alyssa Milano today called on the developed world to get behind UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS work in Angola"
    Related Links:
  • Alyssa

  • *ironcially this is the same name as my niece (see picture)

    -Missions

  • Disciples Home Missions
  • Global Ministries
  • Sexual Abuse-Molestation

  • Healed of Sexual Abuse
  • Releasing the Pain of Abuse,from Focus on the Family
  • More...focus

    Incest

    Articles

  • Incest: The Family Secret (father and daughter) , by Melody Green of Last Days Ministries
  • Patricia D. McClendon, incest/ sexual abuse of children
  • Understanding Sibling Abuse, by John Pesciallo - BSW Student
  • Bible?

  • Incest in the Bible, by rational christianity
  • Old Testament:

    "6 " 'No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD . 7 " 'Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her. 8 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife; that would dishonor your father. 9 " 'Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere."-Leviticus 18

    New Testament: Expel the Immoral Brother!
    1It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father's wife. 2And you are proud! Shouldn't you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? 3Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. 4When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature[1] may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
    6Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? 7Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast--as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth. 9I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people-- 10not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. 12What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you."[2]
    -1 Corinthians 5 (read to Chapter 6 too!)

    Other's sin affects others (one you live with, yourself, and your children!) too! We really need to becareful of who you live or associate with. It's like the recent (7/28/04) Dutch Elm Disease in Morris (see reflection!

    Prostitution

    Did you know "prostitute" is mentioned over 70x in the Bible? (see Bible Search.com) Did you know that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute?

    ".. Luk 7:37-39 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a SINNER, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed [them] with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
    Why did these evil religious leaders, not want Jesus to even touch her, because they in their self righteousness though she had touched others sexually and was impure.For what do they consider the worst sin of all, even today ? Yes.. SEX. So was she a prostitute known by them and others ? But wait a minute, you might be saying, no where does it say that this women who washed Jesus feet with her tears and dried them with her hair was Mary Magdalene. Well, Yes it does infer that because as Jesus said, she was foreshadowing his death with her annointing of his feet. Mark 14:8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. And who was there at the Cross, and who was going to the tomb to annoint the Lord's body, only to find that her master and Lord had arisen.... Mary Magdalene. Mark 16: 1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him."
    - from Mary Magdalene was a 'Prostitute'

    ....more from Da Vinci Code

    Cyber Sex-Online

    Articles

    Federal Prosecutor Accused In Sex Sting Commits Suicide
    POSTED: 2:32 pm EDT October 5, 2007 UPDATED: 4:51 pm EDT October 5, 2007 [NEWSVINE: Federal Prosecutor Accused In Sex Sting
    Commits Suicide] [DELICIOUS: Federal Prosecutor Accused In Sex Sting Commits Suicide] [DIGG: Federal Prosecutor Accused In Sex Sting Commits Suicide] [FACEBOOK: Federal Prosecutor Accused In Sex Sting Commits Suicide] [REDDIT: Federal Prosecutor Accused In Sex Sting Commits Suicide] [RSS] [PRINT: Federal Prosecutor Accused In Sex Sting Commits Suicide] [EMAIL: Federal Prosecutor Accused In Sex Sting Commits Suicide]
    "MILAN, Mich. -- John D.R. Atchison, the federal prosecutor who was arrested in an Internet sex sting after he allegedly traveled to Michigan from Florida to have sex with a 5-year-old girl, hanged himself in a Michigan federal prison Friday morning.
    Atchison, 53, of Pensacola, Fla., was put on suicide watch after he used a bed sheet in an attempted suicide in September.
    Detroit police confirmed Atchison's suicide death at 10:14 a.m. Friday. They have not released any details."


    Reccomended Resources

    LOCAL

  • Abortion, get the facts first!-a personal GoodnewsUMM personal site
  • Love,the foundation of what sex is supposed to be!
  • Pornography
  • , from Goodnews Issues

    STATE

    Sermons/Messages

  • 11/25/2007 – Revolting Purity, Greg Boyd – sermon length is 52:37 minutes

  • "God warns us to preserve sex for marriage, but why is it such a big deal? Our culture tells us that sex is recreational, but from God’s perspective whenever two people engage in sexual intercourse, they are sealing a sacred covenant that was meant to never be broken. God cares about our sex lives because he cares about the covenants we make with each other. As Kingdom people, we’re called to revolt against the corruption of our culture and be examples of his beautiful design for sexuality."
    *see Woodland Hills Church-Personal Site
    Audio - 6.02 mb High-Quality Audio - 24.0 mb Presentation Slides

    Resources

  • Level 3 Predatory Offender Search, from Minnesota State Correction
  • NATION

    "Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy."-Romans 13:13

    Abstinence

  • Abstinence Education Video, by "Wonderful Days of our Lives" for youth
  • Club A.C., from A.C. Green, former NBA basketball star
  • I Am Worth the Wait, sexual purity
  • Sex Respect, leading education program
  • Christianity Today, many articles featured here
  • Project Reality, Pageant Spokeswomen for Abstinence

    AIDS

  • Abstinence Edu, best prevention of AIDS
  • Balm in Gilead, ministry partnering against AIDS
  • Homeland Ministries, advent prayer for world AIDS day (12.7.03)
  • World Relief, equipping churches to reach out to AIDS victims
  • Articles

  • Recovery from Sexual Addiction, from open-mind
  • Fired evangelist asks for forgiveness By COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press Writer 4 minutes ago (yahoo news)

  • "COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Members of the New Life Church were stunned and brought to tears by the Rev. Ted Haggard's confessions of "sexual immorality," then accepted his plea for forgiveness with open arms.
    Haggard, who had been a leading evangelist and vocal opponent of gay marriage, apologized Sunday in a letter read from the pulpit of the 14,000-member church he founded.
    Some in the standing-room-only crowd wiped away tears and embraced each other as they heard Haggard's words read by a member of the board that fired him a day earlier.
    "The fact is I am guilty of sexual immorality. And I take responsibility for the entire problem," Haggard wrote. "I am a deceiver and a liar. There's a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I have been warring against it for all of my adult life."
    After services, Patty Erwin kneeled near the back of the 8,000-seat auditorium and said a prayer for Haggard.
    "We all love him because he's a part of our family. You don't just throw away a sister or a brother," said Erwin, who's been coming to the church for 15 years. "Desperately, we love him, and we wouldn't be here if we didn't."
    Haggard, 50, resigned last week as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents 30 million evangelical Christians, after a man claimed to have had drug-fueled trysts with him.
    He also placed himself on administrative leave from New Life, which he founded in the 1980s. Its independent Overseer Board fired him Saturday.
    In his letter, Haggard said "the accusations that have been leveled against me are not all true, but enough of them are true that I have been appropriately and lovingly removed from the ministry."
    He did not specify which accusations were true. Haggard had acknowledged Friday that he paid Mike Jones of Denver for a massage and for methamphetamine, but said he did not have sex with him and did not take the drug.
    The letter was read to the church by the Rev. Larry Stockstill, senior pastor of Bethany World Prayer Center in Baker, La., and a member of the board that fired him. Haggard asked for forgiveness for himself and for his accuser.
    In a separate letter, Haggard's wife drew laughter when she promised to remain with her husband and said church members no longer had to worry about her marriage being so perfect she couldn't relate to them.
    Neither Haggard nor his wife, Gayle, attended.
    Youngsters were sent from the room before elders began discussing the church crisis.
    "Worshippers are always challenged by crisis. And when tragedy and crisis strikes it is at that moment that you truly decide if you are a worshipper of the most high God. And today as the worship pastor of this church I am very proud of you," said the Rev. Ross Parsley, who has replaced Haggard.
    Ryan Price and his fiancee, Karen Geyer, were impressed. "It seemed genuine — from the heart. It's unfortunate but it happens," said Geyer.
    "He's reaching out and asking for forgiveness," said Price.
    Jones, who said he is gay, said he came forward because he was upset when he discovered who Haggard was and that New Life opposed same-sex marriage — a key issue in Colorado, with a pair of issues on Tuesday's ballot.
    "I wish him well. I wish his family well," Jones said Sunday. "My intent was never to destroy his family. My intent was to expose a hypocrite."
    The scandal has disappointed Christian conservatives, whom President Bush and other Republicans are courting heavily in the run-up to Tuesday's election.
    Many were already disheartened with the president and the Republican-controlled Congress over their failure to deliver big gains on social issues even before the congressional page scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record).
    Haggard, who had been NAE president since 2003, has participated in conference calls with White House staffers and lobbied Congress last year on Supreme Court nominees.

    Books

  • Every Man's Battle, online community resource based on the book

  • *I'm currently (7/27/04) reading this book with another guy who is struggling, like many others!
  • Pure Life Ministries, victory over sexual sin-Steve Gllagher

  • *an author of several books, which was referred by my friend Juan in 10/05

    Comedy

    Comedian Mark Gungor - Men & Women on Sex (LaughYourWay.com)

    "Comedian Mark Gungor talks about the way men and women think about sex. Funny Stuff! www.laughyourway.com"

    Dating

  • Chasity Call, asking God for pure thoughts and right mind
  • Kiss Dating Goodbye, book by Joshua Harris
  • *I read this book during college and after reading 2 chapters, I put it down as I found my answer!

    Marriage

    Message

  • Alissa Lynne Ramblings 8-26-07, on sex from Godtube.com
  • Before you have sex the 1st time. Some questions., from Vocation Office Ministries
  • Music

    -Video
    "Single and Saved"

    Rape

  • Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network
  • Resources


  • Lust Free Living

  • MEN
    Andrew, Age 23
    "I saw my first pornographic video in 6th grade. It had the effect of instantly turning every woman I say into an object to be used, a way for me to feel good. That filth gradually seeped into my mind and my heart and took hold. In junior high I would masturbate to lustful fantasies, until I learned I could steal pornographic magazines from the local gas station and masturbate to them.
    WOMEN
    Women,
    "Do you sometimes feel alone in your secret thoughts and actions?
    Do you feel like the only female who struggles with the things you do?
    Do you think you will never get over the shame of your negative sexual choices?
    Are your life, your relationship with Christ, and your relationships with others, your joy, and your peace being disrupted by negative choices you make regarding sexual issues?
    Are you trying to fight these battles on your own and losing?
    If you answer “yes” or even “sometimes” to any of these questions, then you will want to read on. You will learn how to live free—lust free!

    Youth

  • Wise Choices for Youth
  • Daily Power Boosters
    "If people are prepared; equipped; and strengthened by the SECRETS OF SUCCESS learned by people who have come before, they can conquer everything that comes their way - making their dreams come true!!....."
    *With God's help!

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