biblical view of sexual conduct
The purpose of this section is to
highlight the biblical view of sexual conduct. See our leaflet,
The divine plan for sexual
conduct, which explains the biblical view of sexual conduct.
Christian teaching on sexual
conduct can be summarised by the four words—modesty, chivalry,
chastity and fidelity. These four words describe the biblical
virtues that embody Christian belief regarding sexual conduct.
While each virtue applies to an aspect of sexual behaviour, together
they form a coherent inner belief system that expresses the biblical
attitude to sex, marriage and the family. A fundamental truth
is that all sexual activity is subject to God’s moral law, as
revealed in His Word, the Bible; and the Bible makes it perfectly
clear that sexual activity should be confined to marriage, a
permanent lifelong union between one man and one woman.
Modesty is the virtue that recognises the rightful purpose of sex as
something private, mysterious, and meant for the relationship
between husband and wife. Modesty discourages lust and
encourages faithful love.
Chivalry is the virtue that teaches
men to relate to women with honour and respect. It gives men
the inner motivation to practise self-control, honesty and decency
Chastity is based in propriety and
self-control, and acknowledges the importance of sexual purity
before and within marriage.
Fidelity is based in faithfulness
that rejoices in the lifelong nature of the marriage union, and so
provides security for all members of the family. Modesty and
chivalry are the roots from which the virtues of chastity and
fidelity grow, flourish and bear the fruits of marital faithfulness
and family security. Without modesty and chivalry, there is no
inner moral foundation and so chastity and fidelity when faced with
sexual temptation lose their cohesion and gradually decay.
Marriage flourishes when all four virtues are practised. And
most important of all, these are the Christian virtues that guard
children from danger and abuse—they provide children with God-given
protection against the ravages that result from sexual immorality.
In His great wisdom God has instituted moral laws around human
sexual conduct that preserve marriage, secure the family and protect
children. These virtues are based in the moral law of God, and
reflect His righteous, holy character.