The Apostle Paul gives further clarification on the doctrine of lust:
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
-1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 (NKJV)
Once again, we see that lust is the precursor to plundering what rightfully belongs to your brother (his wife.)
“His own vessel” is most likely a reference to a man’s wife. This is consistent with the Proverbs imagery of the man being a “fountain” and “streams of water” and the woman being a “well” (i.e. a deep hollow container used to hold water.)
Paul’s concern here is that a man does not use another man’s wife for his own sexual pleasure. In a lawless Gentile society, a strong man (i.e. alpha) can use the wife of a weaker man (i.e. beta.) Or a crafty man can seduce (or be seduced by) a woman with an absent husband. But this is a cruel thing to do to a brother.
Instead, Paul wants each man to know how to possess his own “vessel.”
This teaching is nothing new. It’s exactly what King Solomon taught in Proverbs 5:
Drink water from your own cistern
And fresh water from your own well.
Should your springs be dispersed abroad,
Streams of water in the streets?
Let them be yours alone
And not for strangers with you.
Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice in the wife of your youth.
As a loving hind and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
Be exhilarated always with her love.
For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress
And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
It is probable that Paul used this very Scripture to instruct the Thessalonians. His letter is merely reminding them to continue in what they were taught.
In sum, Paul’s teaching on sexuality has three points:
- Don’t use prostitutes (or other forms of “casual sex”)
- Don’t use other men’s wives
- Learn to take possession of your own wife
Furthermore, there is evidence that Paul was likely married at an earlier point in his life… and thus no stranger to both the challenges and the bliss of married sexuality.
Every woman craves intensity in the bedroom.
King Solomon understood this. He gives the following instruction to his students:
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
The English word “satisfy” doesn’t quite do the expression justice. Especially when the word’s been twisted to mean “just be content with what she gives you.”
The Hebrew word is ravah, which has a much stronger connotation than “satisfy.”
Seeing the word in a different context should make it clear:
For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk [ravah] with their blood…
Obviously, you shouldn’t be violent towards your wife. But the intensity of your approach to her body should be similar to that of a vengeful warrior with a thirst for blood. Do not stop until your “enemy” is completely devoured.
Contrary to popular belief, the Bible does encourage you to indulge in pleasure now instead of later:
“Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom.” (Song 2:15)
In the Song of Solomon, the vineyard symbolized the body. The “foxes” refer to the aging process that ruin the vineyards.
While you are young, while your vineyards are “in blossom” is the time to enjoy sexual pleasure to it’s fullest extent.
Don’t get so caught up in the busyness of life that you let this scarce gift of God slip you buy.
For a modern expression of this sentiment, I believe the chorus from the hit song “We Are Young” captures the proper sense of youthful exuberance and urgency:
Tonight, we are young
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun
Tonight, you are young. Let your passion for her burn bright. Set her world on fire.
Let’s talk about a woman’s “self-esteem.”
You’ll hear all the time about how women struggle with body image, face unrealistic standards of beauty, are pressured to “sexualize” their body, etc. etc.
But there is a more intriguing aspect of a woman’s self-esteem that is rarely discussed.
A woman who thinks she deserves better is repulsive. But a woman who doubts her beauty is primed and ready for an erotic adventure.
Consider Song of Solomon 1:6:
Do not stare at me because I am swarthy,
For the sun has burned me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me;
They made me caretaker of the vineyards,
But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.
“Vineyard” is a metaphor for her body. This is a woman who knows she’s not as beautiful as she could be.
She has just met the man of her dreams and she doubts that she is beautiful enough to be desirable to him. She got so busy working for others that she neglected to put in the work needed to present her beauty as well as she could have.
She knows that the man she desires is desirable to other women:
Your name is like purified oil;
Therefore the maidens love you. (1:3)
“Will he find me pleasing?” she thinks. “He could choose from so many other women. I’m not nearly beautiful enough for a man like that. Oh, if only I had better prepared for this moment!”
It is this perceived mismatch of value that is the beginning of erotic tension.
It is a good thing if your wife expresses doubts about her body. It is at that moment of doubt that she is yearning to please you and earn your approval.
And just as you affirmed her beauty and sent her heart a-flutter when you asked for her hand in marriage, so you will reaffirm your approval of her when you take her into the bedroom… again…and again…and again…
The more attractive you are to women in general, the more your wife will doubt that she is pleasing enough for you. She will work hard to prove herself worthy of being your wife.
This is why you want to work on increasing your “sexual market value.” You want her to feel like she lucked out by the fact that you “settled” for her.
A woman who feels inferior and unworthy of her man’s approval is a woman who will dress sexy and yearn for frequent sex. She needs constant approval when she’s in the presence of a high quality man.
P.S. I’m putting the final touches on the SMV test for married men. I plan to have it up soon.
Blackdragon provides a good explanation why sex is so important to men:
Unless you’re engaged in regular martial arts / MMA, are active military in a war zone, or some kind of extreme thrillseeker (regularly doing things like skydiving, base jumping, sport climbing, etc) then you really have no other way of tapping into this core masculinity other than having sex. Yes, you can watch action movies or play violent video games, and those are all great, but it’s not the same thing.
That’s how important sex is. That’s why it’s important to let it all go and turn into a monster during sex. When you’re done having sex, go back to your normal, rational self. (I do.) But during sex, don’t worry about any of that. Sex is a gift… one of the last ones we have of its kind.
King Solomon understood the importance of this masculine ritual:
may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love. (Prov. 5:19)
The key word there is “intoxicated.” In Hebrew it literally means to go astray and act without knowledge. Normally, it is used in the context of commiting a sin without being aware of what you are doing… such as when you’re drunk.
When you realize that it is your wife’s body that is supposed to cause this irrational masculine behavior, combined with a woman’s natural inclination towards “rape fantasies”… you start to get the idea that God meant sex to be a little more wild than we give Him credit for.
When it comes to sex, the Jewish tradition seems to promote a much more candid attitude than us guilt-ridden Gentiles.
Consider a few examples from the Mishneh Torah’s Sefir Nashim (the Book of Women):
A young woman was carefully examined for signs of sexual maturity:
[In addition to growing pubic hairs,] a woman has signs of physical maturity that are manifest in her upper body. They are referred to as “upper signs.” Among them are:
a) when the woman stretches her hand backward, a crease forms in the place of her breast; b) the color of the tip of the breast becomes darker; c) when a person places his hand on the end of the breast and it remains depressed slightly before rising; d) creases form at the end of the breast, and a nipple takes shape; my teachers taught that the formation of creases is sufficient; e) the breasts protrude; f) they become erect; g) the mound of Venus forms above the woman’s genitals, below her stomach; h) the flesh of this mound becomes soft and not hard. These are eight signs. (Ishut 2:7)
They did not think it “shallow” to disqualify a woman from marriage based on appearances:
What are the physical blemishes that cause a woman to be deemed unfit [as a wife]: All the physical blemishes that cause a priest to be deemed unfit [for service in the Temple] cause a woman to be deemed unfit. In Hilchot Bi’at HaMikdash, all the blemishes affecting the priests are explained. In addition, [there are other blemishes that cause] women [to be deemed unfit]. They include: foul body odor, [excessive] sweating, foul breath, deep voice, breasts of abnormal size, being more than a handbreadth larger than those of other women, a distance of more than a handbreadth between one breast and the other, a scar in the place where she was bit by a dog, and a birthmark on her forehead.
A non-laborer was expected to have sex every night:
Healthy men who are pampered and indulged, and who are not employed in labor that weakens their strength – but rather eat, drink and spend [the majority of their day] at home – should fulfill their conjugal duties every night.
[The following rules apply to] workers – e.g., tailors, weavers, construction workers and the like. If they work in the city [in which they live], they should fulfill their conjugal duties twice a week. If they work in another city, they should fulfill their conjugal duties once a week.
Donkey-drivers should fulfill their conjugal duties once a week. Camel-drivers should fulfill their conjugal duties once every thirty days. Seamen should fulfill their conjugal duties once every six months. (Ishut 14:1)
The wife had the right to prevent her husband from reducing sex:
A wife has the right to prevent her husband from making business trips except to close places, so that he will not be prevented from fulfilling his conjugal duties. He may make such journeys only with her permission.
Similarly, she has the prerogative of preventing him from changing from a profession that grants her more frequent conjugal rights to one that grants her less frequent rights – e.g., a donkey-driver who wishes to become a camel-driver, or a camel-driver who wishes to become a seaman. (Ishut 14:2)
A man’s virility was the primary reason a woman married a man:
If he becomes sick or his virility is weakened, and he is unable to engage in sexual relations, he is given a period of six months- for [a woman is never required to wait] longer for her conjugal rights than this – in the hope that he recovers. Afterwards, the prerogative is hers [whether to remain married] or whether he must divorce her and pay her [the money due her by virtue of her] ketubah. (Ishut 14:7)
Rebellious wives were publicly shamed:
if she rebelled against her husband with the intent of causing him distress, saying: “I intend to cause him distress this way, because he did this or this to me,” “…because he cursed me,” “…because he has caused me strife,” or the like, she is sent a messenger from the court, [who] tells her: “Take note. If you continue your rebellious conduct, you will forfeit your ketubah, even if it is worth one hundred maneh.”
Afterwards, announcements are made concerning her in the synagogues and the houses of study each day for four consecutive weeks,19 saying: “So and so has rebelled against her husband.” (Ishut 14:9)
Wives were expected to be ready and willing at all times… never using sex to manipulate:
She should not deny her husband [intimacy] to cause him anguish, so that he should increase his love for her. Instead, she should oblige him whenever he desires. (Ishut 14:18)
A man was expected to give a… um… “healthy” performance in the bedroom:
[The following laws apply when] a woman comes to court and claims that her husband cannot perform sexually in an ordinary way that will lead to the conception of children, or that he does not [release semen] as one shoots an arrow. The judges should try to arrange a compromise, telling the woman: “It is proper for you to conduct yourself with your husband [as follows]: Remain [married] for ten years. [If] you do not give birth, come to him with a claim at that time.” (Ishut 15:15)
They had an offensive secret to having a happy marriage:
And similarly, they commanded a woman to honor her husband exceedingly and to be in awe of him. She should carry out all her deeds according to his directives, considering him to be an officer or a king. She should follow the desires of his heart and shun everything that he disdains.
This is the custom of holy and pure Jewish women and men in their marriages. And these ways will make their marriage pleasant and praiseworthy. (Ishut 15:20)
I’m not saying we need to follow Jewish tradition. But the traditions are worth paying attention to since they are derived from Scripture. For all God’s rebukes against the Jews for going beyond what was commanded, being too occupied with sexual functions was not one of them.
Judging by the myriad of sexual problems we experience in our Greco-Roman culture, perhaps we could learn a few things from our Jewish counterparts.
Here’s something interesting you may have never thought about…
In the epistle of James, we learn that pure and undefiled religion is to visit orphans and widows in their distress.
Now follow the logical implications of this truth:
What is a widow? A woman who lost her husband.
What is it that a woman needs from a husband? Financial provision and “conjugal rights.” (Ex 21:10).
Can an emasculated man give his wife what she needs? No. “Nice guys” have difficulty getting paid (Prov 11:16) and he cannot subdue his woman to give her what she needs sexually.
Is a sexually unfulfilled woman under “distress”? Yes. Next to air, water, food and shelter, sex is the next most basic physical need.
What is the difference between a woman who lost her husband through death and a woman who lost her husband through emasculation? Practically speaking, nothing. Only one earns the woman sympathy and the other is culturally approved and called “normal.”
Is there anything more important for a Christian man than to love his own wife? Other than to remove himself from sin and defilement of the world, no. A man who refuses to provide for his wife is worse than a heathen (1 Tim 5:8) regardless of how many other “good Christian deeds” he performs.
Therefore, I believe it is reasonable to conclude, that “getting your balls back” is the purest thing a Christian man can do in today’s feminist age. Get your balls back, start subduing your wife and render your “conjugal duty” to her.
Then do what you can to help other men do the same.
This is what pure and undefiled religion looks in our modern feminist age.
If you’ve attended a modern church for a while, you’ve probably heard at least a few exhortations that sound something like this:
“Men, your wife is not a sex object. Sex is not an automatic privilege for you to selfishly take. You must earn access to the marriage bed by sacrificing for her and giving her the emotional support she needs to feel comfortable.”
On the surface, this sounds wise. But is it really how God feels about sex?
Consider Exodus 21:10:
“If he takes to himself another woman, he may not reduce [his first wife’s] food, her clothing, or her conjugal rights.”
In modern lingo:
Providing money for groceries, rent, clothing, etc. and giving your wife regular sex is your fundamental duty to your wife as a man. This is the most basic way that a husband loves his wife.
But many modern wives do not like to be dependent on her husband’s provision. She prefers to pursue a career of her own or turn to the government for financial aid.
Probably even fewer wives acknowledge her need for regular relations with her husband. She sees sex as something she does for her husband; not something that she needs for herself.
But modern trends do not change our basic needs and duties. Ignorance of the need does not mean it doesn’t exist.
If you’re going to love a modern woman, you must help her recognize her need for your provision. Not only your financial provision, but your sexual provision as well.