If you don’t talk to you kids about sex, MTV will.

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MTV continues to push the envelope.  On July 16th, the music network is offering a new reality show for its viewers. According to foxnews.com the name of the show is Virgin Territory. According to Fox:


“The show follows 15 young adults, all between the ages of 18 to 23, who, for various reasons, are still virgins. During the course of the series, at least some of those featured will lose their virginity.


“Some of them are hanging on to their virginity and others are desperately trying to lose it,” a description of the show on MTV’s website explains.”


What would have been unthinkable 10 years ago is now served to the living rooms of millions of families across the planet. Notice the description above: “The show follows 15 young adults, all between the ages of 18 to 23, who, for various reasons, are still virgins.” The implied social comment: isn’t it amazing. We found 15 virgins! The show presents virginity as a human choice instead of God’s command.


It won’t accomplish anything positive to get mad at MTV, the producers of this show, or the confused young people who are participating in it. The show is a product that has an audience that advertisers want to reach.  No one connected with the show is demonstrating a fear of God and his commands. Not a good idea.


Sex is reserved for marriage, at least that is what God says. Not that many months ago a show like this would not have been considered possible because people would not stand for it. This show is yet another symptom of a culture without salt & light. 


The show promises to promote safe sex. Breaking news!  Outside of marriage there is no such thing as safe sex. Sex apart from marriage challenges the authority of God and invites his wrath.


Parents, churches, Christians – become salt and light to a darkening world.  Let’s do something in addition to being offended. Let’s bring Christ and his gospel to a world that is headlong in pursuit of hell. There is no other way to honor God and save your children from the call of folly.




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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.