– by Val Waldeck

Question: Is Oral Sex Within Marriage A Sin?

Answer: The Bible is clear that sex is only to be practiced within the confines of marriage. Hebrews 13:4 refers to the marriage bed as “undefiled” and to be kept so by not having sex outside of marriage. Specific sexual activities that married couples may or may not engage in are not spelled out, but there are definite principles by which a couple may be guided. Here are just two of them. Never act against your conscience. James 4:17 calls that “sin” and 1 Cor 8:12 tells us that causing someone to act against their conscience is sinning against Christ Himself. We must aim at “a pure heart and a good conscience” (1 Tim 1:5) at all times. The second principle is found in 1 Cor 7:5. Mutual consent – involving mutual submission, mutual responsibility, and mutual pleasure. If oral sex is done within the confines of a marriage and in the spirit of mutual consent, there is not a Biblical case for declaring it to be a sin.

If you have a question and would like a Biblical answer, please email Val Waldeck on joyquestions@valwaldeck.com

Article source: JOY! Magazine (June 2019)

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