Nt Romans 1 Defiled Temple

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Look closely at this picture…What do you see? What feelings come to you when you see it?
Romans 1: 24 “God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own heart”
God allows the wicked to seek after the desires of their hearts. He will always honor our freedom to choose BUT we  know consequences will follow.
After reading Romans 1: 21-31 we saw that Rome was not that different from the world we live in today.
We discussed addictions. Addictions:give immediate payoffdon’t require a lot of workif we give into the impulse, satisfaction comesWe usually do it alone
BUT Relationships:require workcan take years to developNot always guaranteed it will work
Satan will trick you into believing you can have both.
Boyd K. Packer gave a wonderful talk called:Ye Are the Temple of God“…President Hinckley has warned you not to decorate your body with pictures or symbols that will never wash off or to pierce your body with rings or jewelry after the manner of the world (see “Your Greatest Challenge, Mother,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 97).You would not paint a temple with dark pictures or symbols or graffiti or even initials. Do not do so with your body.”“All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose” Normal desires and attractions emerge in the teenage years; there is the temptation to experiment, to tamper with the sacred power of procreation. These desires can be intensified, even perverted, by pornography, improper music, or the encouragement from unworthy associations. What would have only been a more or less normal passing phase in establishing gender identity can become implanted and leave you confused, even disturbed.If you consent, the adversary can take control of your thoughts and lead you carefully toward a habit and to an addiction, convincing you that immoral, unnatural behavior is a fixed part of your nature.With some few, there is the temptation which seems nearly overpowering for man to be attracted to man or woman to woman. The scriptures plainly condemn those who “dishonour their own bodies between themselves … ; men with men working that which is unseemly” (Rom. 1:24, 27) or “women [who] change the natural use into that which is against nature” (Rom. 1:26)…Do not experiment; do not let anyone of either gender touch your body to awaken passions that can flame beyond control. It begins as an innocent curiosity, Satan influences your thoughts, and it becomes a pattern, a habit, which may imprison you in an addiction, to the sorrow and disappointment of those who love you…We did not make the rules; they were revealed as commandments…When any unworthy desires press into your mind, fight them, resist them, control them (see James 4:6–82 Ne. 9:39Mosiah 3:19). The Apostle Paul taught, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13; see also D&C 62:1)…These are not unforgivable sins. However unworthy or unnatural or immoral these transgressions may be, they are not unforgivable …You have a Redeemer. The Lord will lift your burden if you choose to repent and turn from your sins and do them no more. That is what the Atonement of Christ was for…”

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