The Roots of Sexual Depravity

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If there was ever a generation where the battle for sexual purity has escalated, it’s ours.

Some of the awful headlines on our newspapers read: “Christian pastor rapes 11 year old girl,” “Boy, 19 Caught Having Sex with Dog,” “Father rapes daughters, impregnates one” or “Man 28, rapes 8 year old boy.”

These tales are recounted sometimes with graphic details that betray the pretext of our hyper religious society. An e-mail from Abuja, Nigeria, to a columnist reads:

I am 25 years old. I lost my father [at] 10 … I had a mentor, who saw me through school and helped me with a bank job … I live in the boys’ quarters of his house. He showers me with lots of gifts … But this man and his family are perverts! He has been having homosexual relationship with me since my undergraduate years. His first son, a 28-year old … also has sex with me. The first daughter also comes [to me] for sex! Even their last born, a 17-year-old girl seductively came to my room, for sex.

“The man’s wife forced me to have sex with her whenever her husband travelled abroad … This multiple affair remains a secret between me and each member of the family… I know I cannot pack out [of the house] without his consent if I still need my job. Is it bad to be tall and handsome? I am sick and tired of this sex slavery” (Sunday PUNCH, April 6, 2014, p. 48).

Of course, people practicing these stuff don’t have it written on their foreheads. In some nations, things have gone terribly down the line.

The act of incest is now being defended by some scholars of Baal are trying to break down societal walls against paedophilia with intellectual sophistry. They are even advocating for the redefinition of paedophilia as “intergenerational intimacy.” Wow, that’s a pretty nicer term you have there.

The London Telegraph (May, 1, 2010) reported a story of a 72 year old grandmother, Pearl Carter, who hired a surrogate to carry the baby of her own grandson and sex partner, Phil Bailey, 26.

She said “I am in love with Phil and he’s in love with me. Soon I’ll be holding my son or daughter in my arms and Phil will be the proud dad.” Intergenerational intimacy – right?

From a Biblical perspective, this surge of sexual perversions is expected:

“There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Tim. 3:1-4)

It’s unrealistic to think sexual depravity will cease to exist on the earth or our continent. Unfortunately, some Africans adhering to an illusion of a morally superior African past, have a misguided belief that all forms of sexual perversions came from “Western colonization.”

The big question is: how can the church address the malaise of sexual disorders?

Death penalty for all sex perverts is a brutal alternative that has no bearing on public morality. It only drives such acts underground where they fester.

Uganda’s ethics minister, Fr. Simon Lokodo, who has been known to lead televised raids against pornography and erotic music videos, has called for police to raid restaurants often used by many Ugandans for “lunchtime sex.”

Such measures, though well-intentioned, are doomed to fail miserably. Why? “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications…” (Mark 7:22-23).

There’s no political or religious law that can change a man’s heart. Yes, they may externally modify him, but they can’t change him from within. In fact, the more legalistic a society is, the more sexually depraved they tend to be.

Until the root of sexual depravity is properly identified and dealt with, it will keep growing even in the church.

This is why human measures are like attacking the branches of a sturdy, deeply rooted tree. From my little study, these are some roots of sexual depravity:

I. The influence of Demons

Unnatural sexual drives have certain demons attached to them. For instance, it’s natural for a woman to desire a man, but when she begins to sexually desire another woman or an animal, that’s unnatural, and it’s often fuelled by demons.

A Bible commentary explains that evil spirits “influence people to hinder and operate against wedlock by enticing them to meet the demands of the sex drives apart from the sanctity of marriage … Hence those who satisfy their sex needs through perversions – any of the ways contrary to what is approved by Scripture are under the control more or less, of demons.”

Demons can compel people into such sexual acts by bombarding their minds with it. “Since I was already hooked on porn,” says Joseph Sciambra, an ex-gay porn model, “thus began my dark descent into the world of homosexual promiscuity. Soon afterwards. I started hearing strange voices. They told me to do things; to go to places I had never been before. One of the first location they guided me was a gay sex club … I met my first lover there.”

Matthew Durham, the 20 year old American missionary who sexually molested 8 African orphan children confessed that he was made to do it by a demon guide named “Luke.”

Demons have no respect for theological degrees or church titles. They don’t care if you are a sanctified Methodist, a committed Baptist or a spirit-filled Pentecostal, once you open the door to them.

One Nigerian bishop who raped a 15 year old girl (who reportedly came to him for prayers) said: “I was surprised when I saw her pulling off her blouse and skirt. But before I knew it, I had a carnal knowledge of her.” That sounds a lot like demonic control.

II. Immoral entertainment

This includes movies, soaps, music videos, websites or stories promoting debased sexual acts. What a person feeds himself/herself with, will to a large extent influence his thought life.

Exposure to internet porn among youths has increased in the last decade, resulting in a morbid increase in rape and promiscuity. The sex acts depicted in porn videos are more or less rape.

Many porn stars are paid to convince the viewers that they enjoy what is being done to them. As more men are exposed to these things, these images gradually become a sexual turn-on for them.

And when a person is repeatedly exposed to that image, he begins to act out what he has been feeding on. This is why many sex offenders often start out as porn addicts.

3. Sexual molestation or assault

This is the most common root of sexual depravity. Sexual molestation, particularly in childhood, can negatively mould people’s life and personality.

It has been documented that addictions, mental illness and crass immorality can be traced to childhood sexual abuse. Both genders can fall victim of it.

Some cultures also promote these acts. There is a tradition in Ethiopia for example, where rape is a form of marriage proposal. When a young man wants to marry, he looks for a girl, kidnaps and rapes her until she becomes pregnant, then the elders confirm the union as legal.

The practice of paedophila is fully acceptable in Islam, and by implication in all Muslim-dominated societies. Several Muslim child sex rings have been arrested in western countries, leaving behind a trail of abused children who grow into troubled adults.

Majority of the porn or music stars with sexually explicit videos are victims of sexual abuse. Let me give some examples:

Madonna Ciccone – She was the first artiste to popularize the idea of women using sex, nudity and controversy to make up for a poor voice.

In her video, Justify My Love (1990) sadomasochism, bisexual sex and voyeurism were vividly depicted – which made MTV ban the video. She later admitted being raped at 19.

Jenna Jameson – the notorious “Queen of Porn.” She acted about 178 porn movies, directed four, and won 35 porn video awards.

Though now retired, she later admitted she was gang raped and beaten with rocks by 4 boys at the age of 16. She was also raped by her boyfriend’s uncle.

Pamela Anderson – the actress/porn model, famous for her honeymoon sex tape with her ex-husband, Tommy Lee.

In 2014, she admitted being molested by a female babysitter from the ages of 6-10, raped by a 25 year old man when she was 12 and gang raped by her boyfriend and 6 of his friends while she was 14.

Lady Gaga – the bisexual queen of weird, occult, blasphemous and sexually explicit videos also admitted she was raped at the age of 19 – an incident which she claimed gave her a lot of mental and emotional trauma.

4. False Worship/ Doctrines

There is a link between a rejection of God as revealed in Scripture, which is idolatry, and sexual perversions (Rom. 1:21-28).

A study of most ancient religions shows that their objects of worship were the human genitals. These vile gods are still bowed to by many modern false religions though in more disguised forms. Such cults open people up to perverse spirits.

Isaiah 19:14 “The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as drunken man staggereth in his vomit.”

The Hebrew word mavah translated as perverse means to be crooked and perverted. God judged the leaders of Egypt and made them crooked in their counsel, thinking and acts.

This perverse spirit as Matthew Poole commentary notes, is also the spirit of error or delusion; a disposition of mind very apt to mistake and to mislead people into foolish and crooked counsels.

People who follow false religious leaders are likely to have a perverse spirit which drives them into sexually perverse acts – homosexuality, bestiality, rape, lesbianism, paedophilia, sadomasochism etc.

Perverse spirits can also mask up such that a person they indwell will have what I call a hyper-spiritual quietism. They become very legalistic, religious, appear holy or even carry a big Bible, but at a certain “trigger” (a gesture, sight or dream), they engage in sexually perverse acts. Afterwards, they resume their holy motions, as if they are two different persons living in one body.

False doctrines like priestly celibacy, strict dietary laws, offering sacrifices or bathing at sea sides, invoking angels, “praying” naked (as practiced in African syncretic churches) can also open people up to seducing spirits (1Tim. 4:1).

5. Unhealthy Family upbringing

When a child grows up in a home without love and acceptance, he/she seeks that acceptance from someone else outside the home. This is what sets people up for child molesters.

As a child grows, he tries to mentally “escape” from that void through alcohol or drugs which breaks down his spiritual walls (Prov. 25:28) and he can experiment with what he would normally never do.

Also, when either of a parent are emotionally disconnected from a male or female child, it can result in a loss of gender identity.

It has been established that a foetus at 25 weeks can hear the mother just like an adult, so when a mother hates the baby she’s carrying or the father displays hate or neglect towards an unborn child, he/she can sense it and grow up with a warped view of men or women.

But the good news is this: sexual depravity can be repented of, forgiven and totally forsaken, once the root is known and dealt with by the power of Jesus Christ.

Clerical Celibacy: Its Root and Fruit

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On July 26, 2013, as Pope Francis was riding in his motorcades through Rio de Janerio, Brazil, a boy, Nathan de Brito broke past the barriers and went to the pope, whispering into his ears:

Your holiness, I want to be a priest of Christ, a representative of Christ.”

The Pope burst into tears and said to Nathan, “I am going to pray for you but I ask that you pray for me.” The video trended, and it brought tears to the eyes of passionate Catholics.

I wonder how many times the boy had to rehearse this before he heard the count: One… Two…Three…action! The timing and location had to be right too, with a lot of cameras around. I love good drama, don’t you?

Without being distracted by the emotional tryst, Nathan de Brito did raise a serious point: the priest represents Jesus to the Catholic. The same belief was echoed by “mother” Teresa:

“When the Priest is there, then we can have our altar and our tabernacle and our Jesus. Only the Priest puts Jesus there for us… This is why I love Priests so much” (Speech at a Retreat for Priest Worldwide, October 1984).

There you have it. Without the Catholic Priest, there can be no Catholic Jesus.

One of the things that gives priests this exalted position is celibacy. Since the sacrament of holy orders is deemed higher than the sacrament of matrimony, priests and nuns are believed to be on a higher spiritual footing.

However, celibacy is still an intolerable burden which only a small minority of persons could possibly bear. Once you strip this whole celibacy business of all its tabloid fancies and sentiments what you are left with is a pretentious joke.

The Roots

Celibacy was well known in pagan Rome. The vestal virgins and the priests of Cybele were known to be celibate. It was also observed by ascetic pre-Christian philosophers (like the Pythagoreans) and the Stoics and in some forms of Gnosticism.

Celibacy, as part of asceticism, was observed by Hindu and Jaina priests. The same goes for Buddhism. If you are conversant with the news, you will agree with me that sexual depravities fill up their clergies.

In Judaism, however, the case is different. “Celibacy has played little role in Judaism in which marriage and raising children are understood as holy obligations,” says the Britannica. “The prophet Jeremiah, who apparently chose not to have children, is the only prophet who did not marry.”

The Old Testament priests were married but forbidden from marrying “a wife that is a whore, or profane … [and] a woman put away from her husband [a divorcee] …” (Leviticus 21:7).

In the New Testament, nowhere is celibacy made a standard of church leadership either. The apostles were married (1 Cor. 9:5) and a bishop was to be “the husband of one wife.” Apostle Paul in fact, classed the doctrine of forced celibacy as part of “doctrines of devils” (1 Tim. 4:2-3).

The Catholic Encyclopedia also admits: “We do not find in the New Testament any indication of celibacy being made compulsory either upon the apostles or those whom they ordained” (Vol. III, 483 “Celibacy”).

It was not until the second century that celibacy began to crop up.

(a) During the early persecutions, some people apparently withdrew themselves into the deserts and began to form communities believing that a life of persecution was better lived in isolation.

(b) Some early Christians also believed that the coming of Christ (parousia) was imminent and therefore it was useless to marry and raise families. Of course, this was an extreme view.

(c) Some people came under the influence of Gnosticism and began to embrace its pagan philosophy that the evil body had imprisoned the pure soul, hence the soul had to be set free by withholding all bodily pleasures and subjugating all its passions.

They observed how priests of Eastern religions were dedicated to their gods to the point of being celibate and began to copy that mode.

(d) Celibacy found its way in gradually. A rule was established at the Council of Neo-Caesarea in 315 that “absolutely forbids a priest to contract a new marriage under the pain of deposition” if his wife died (Cath. Ency, 484).

Later an edict in 386 forbade married priests from having sex with their wives (Imagine how unbiblical and unreasonable this was).

(e) The church fathers also had a very low view of women which didn’t help matters. This further created an extreme aversion towards marriage and women. For example:

John Chrysostom wrote: “It does not profit a man to marry. For what is a woman but an enemy of friendship, an inescapable punishment, a necessary evil, a natural temptation, a domestic danger, delectable mischief, a fault in nature, painted with beautiful colours?” (cited in Ranke-Heinemann, Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven, 1988, p. 130).

Origen described women as “the devil’s gateway … the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree; the first deserter of the divine law… she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack” (On the Apparel of Women, Chapter 1).

Augustine of Hippo: “I consider that nothing so casts down the manly mind from its heights as the fondling of women, and those body contacts which belong to the married state” (Soliloq I:10).

Since such a low view of women was being espoused by these leading men, it became a condition for all “good” men to avoid women and sex. The more they kept to this twisted tradition, the “holier” they appeared to be.

(f) Celibacy wasn’t really about chastity per se, rather it had a lucrative side to it. As the Catholic church was conquering nations and gaining more wealth, it would prevent the priests, bishops or popes from bequeathing the wealth to their families, which may end up impoverishing the Church.

Nevertheless, even in the 11th century, it was still accepted for priests and bishops to be married and supposedly live in celibacy with their wives. Celibacy was finally made official at the second Lateran Council (1139).

The Fruit

A Catholic historian honestly wrote: “The fact is that priestly celibacy has hardly ever worked. In the view of some historians, it has probably done more harm to morals than any other institution in the West, including prostitution … This theological confusion in an age of depravity led the clergy, in fifth-century Rome in particular, to become a byword for everything that was gross and perverted” (Peter de Rosa, The Dark Side of the Papacy, 1988, Crown Publishers, pp. 395, 402).

According to a writer, “all the ecclesiastics had mistresses, and all the convents of the Capitol were houses of bad fame” (J. H. Merle D’Aubigne, History of the Great Reformation of the 16th Century in Germany, 1843, II:11).

Rome soon became a “holy city” in name only. As celibates multiplied, so did prostitutes. Pope Sixtus (1471-84) developed a lucrative means of charging all the brothels in Rome and each priest who kept a mistress with a tax – and it made the Catholic Church more wealthy.

At the time: “There were 6800 registered prostitutes in Rome in 1490, not counting clandestine practitioners, in a population of some 90,000” (Will Durant, The Story of Civilization, Simon and Schuster, 1950, IV:18).

Cardinal Pierre D’Ailly (1350-1420) wrote that he dared not describe the immorality of the nunneries, that taking the veil was simply another mode of becoming a public prostitute.

In 1477, the night dances and orgies held in the Catholic cloister at Kercheim (Germany) was described by a historian as being “worse than those seen in the public houses of prostitution” (A. C. Flick, The Decline of the Medieval Church, 1930, I:295)

The ugly fruitage of celibacy is not limited to centuries ago; the wholesale exposure of the gross immorality of the Catholic clergy in the last two decades proves that.

Even the Catholic Encyclopedia admits that the tendency of some to exaggerate details of these “is at least marked as the tendency on the part of the Church apologists to ignore these uncomfortable pages of history altogether” (Vol. III, 483).

Having realized that celibacy is a curse, rather than a blessing, there were pleas to have it cancelled during the Second Vatican Council. It wasn’t granted.

Some Catholic bishops from Canada once appealed to Pope John Paul II to allow married priests under certain conditions. The request was turned down. Centuries of an “infallible” decree can’t be turned around so easily. So let the ball keep rolling.

Today, it has become public knowledge that the Catholic church has served as an umbrella to all sorts of sexually depraved “celibate” priests. In Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, France, Germany and Australia, more cases are springing up almost daily and they are too many to recount here.

A BBC news report stated the Catholic church has confirmed sex abuse allegations concerning about 3,000 priests dating back to up to 50 years. This is even a conservative estimate as there is still much cover up of such abuse in third world countries.

Even with these wholesale media exposures, Rome still attempts to deny, threaten, bribe and minimize the pain of her victims with various tactics, while the thousands of criminals in its ranks are protected.

Former pope, Joseph Ratzinger, while the archbishop of Munich protected many paedophiles such as Fr. Hullerman who abused many boys for many decades. “During that time, church officials repeatedly transferred Father Hullermann to new parishes and allowed him to work with children” (New York Times, March 25, 2010).

In another report, out of the examined 10,667 allegations against 4,392 paedophile priests between 1950-2002, 81 per cent of their victims were found to be male while the females were younger than 8 years!

A 2012 police report detailed 40 suicide deaths in the state of Victoria, directly related to abuse by Catholic clergy (Canberra Times, 13, April 2012)

A religion that covers and abets such heinous crimes against the innocent is marked for divine judgement (Mark 9:42).

Catholicism’s clerical celibacy – both past and present – has resulted in a very rotten fruitage with effects reaching far beyond its capacity.

The hypocrisy is when this same religion stands to lecture the world on morality and piety. Shame died for Rome a long time ago.

I am saddened for many Catholics who still look up to mere men as “Christs” and for many souls out there who have turned away from God because of a priesthood of depraved men.