The Thessalonians lived in a pagan culture in which sexual looseness was not only practiced openly but was also encouraged, very similar to the culture of America, today. In Roman and Greek culture, prostitution was considered a priestly prerogative, and extramarital sex was sometimes an act of worship. The Apostle Paul writes to the Thessalonians to clarify these distortions which defied God’s Word and God’s will. To a Christian the will of God is clear: Sexual purity is simply a practical application of God’s creative purpose when He created man and woman. God intended for intimate, sexual joys only to be fulfilled within the bonds of holy matrimony without shame.