America's fall away from God has more to do with sex than unbelief in Christianity, according to Christian author and speaker Frank Turek.
If professed atheists are challenged with the question, "If Christianity were true would you become a Christian?" Turek believes that more often than not it would show that the real reason many atheists deny God is not so much because of a lack of evidence that God exists, but it would reveal a desire to pursue sexual freedom outside the confines of Christian morality.
Speaking at the Southern Evangelical Seminary's 23rd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics at Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday, Turek explained how sex has been resurrected as a new religion in America and it is driving what he agrees is an "erotic revolt" against Christian values.
"It's an old religion resurrected — the new religion in America is the religion of sex," Turek said. "Do you know that every cultural issue we argue over has something to do with sex? Why is that? Huxley said it, it's our 'erotic revolt.' We want sexual freedom."
The Huxley Turek referenced is English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley who explained in his book, Ends and Means, that he and most of his friends objected to the idea of morality because morality "interfered with our sexual freedom."
"I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning; and consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption," Huxley wrote.
"The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics. He is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do. For myself, as no doubt for most of my friends, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom," Huxley argued.
"The supporters of this system claimed that it embodied the meaning — the Christian meaning, they insisted — of the world. There was one admirably simple method of confuting these people and justifying ourselves in our erotic revolt: we would deny that the world had any meaning whatever."
Turek highlighted how the new religion, centered on sex and grounded in rights, is being used to drive a godless agenda in society today.
"The new religion has a right to choose … it's the right to choose the death of a baby. I hate to go political here but I am. Get over it," he said before continuing.
"When we had 50 state laws against that [abortion] it was never a political issue. But now when the Supreme Court decides that it's gonna make law for the entire land, now it becomes a political issue. Marriage was never a political issue until the Supreme Court just decided it was gonna change everything. Who's making it a political issue? Not us," he said.
"President Obama is now trying to force nuns to pay for abortion, Hillary Clinton wants to do the same thing. In fact, Hillary Clinton said in a 2015 speech to a woman's summit that she wants to use the law and political will to change religious beliefs. If your beliefs are pro-life and they are based in religion — sorry, that needs to change, according to Hillary Clinton."
While noting that not everyone who isn't a Christian is of this mindset, Turek believes a significant portion of non-Christians subscribe to the religion of sex.
"Now I'm not saying everybody who is not a Christian thinks this way, but certainly a very big portion of them do. This is all about what they consider sexual freedom. The problem is, freedom isn't so free after a while. The culture wants you to think that sex is just about physics. It's just physical. Is that true? If that were true, why is it that it's far worse if somebody rapes you than if somebody just physically assaults you? Because sex is not just physical, it's spiritual, it's emotional, it's psychological. It's moral. There are so many different aspects to sex to say nothing of the fact that it's procreative," Turek said.
Turek, who further discussed how America's new religion of sex is stealing from God in his new book, Stealing From God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case, said if atheists argue that there is no God then there are really no rights and everything is really a matter of opinion — with no true moral compass.
"If there is no God there is no rights. Everything's a matter of opinion, it's just your opinion against somebody else's opinion. You have a compass that points to you, somebody else has a compass that points to them. There is no true compass, there's nothing right or wrong so there's no right to abortion, and there's no right to life either. There's no right to anything," he said.
Turek said this new religion is being advanced because Christians haven't been properly standing up to it in the culture.
"Morality, I think, is the easiest way to show God exists and that Christianity is the only solution to the problem. In fact, think about this: If you ask anybody, I don't care what their worldview is, if you ask anybody this question, 'What's wrong with the world?' Nobody is gonna say 'nothing,' right. Everybody is gonna realize we've got problems. Well, what's the ultimate solution? Not looking inside ourselves, the compass doesn't point to us, there is something outside of us. And that something is God's nature," he asserted.
"They're [atheists] talking about rights and talking about morality all the time but there are no rights and there is no morality unless God exists. So just call them on that, keep asking them the questions: What's your standard? Where does your standard comes from? Why do you think that's true? What evidence do you have for that?" he added.