I don’t know what it is about Adventist schools, but they seem obsessed with this sort of thing.
I remember when I was at Monterey Bay Academy in the 1980s, we had a “Week of Prayer” speaker who gave a series of lectures on human sexuality. Only really, the speaker was just telling us to not have sex, over and over, day after day, and about just how terrible it would be if we did.
I’m not sure the speaker even touched on homosexual sex, I supposed because she couldn’t imagine that with two dorms, each full of 250 14 - 18 year olds all of the same sex, that any of the fine Christian SDA children in them would be having same-sex sex. No, that would be inconceivable! (She also couldn’t imagine that the gay teachers at the school were having sex with underage students, but that’s a different story.)
What she did council us on, which we thought to be absolutely hilarious, is that if we had in the past had sex we could fix that. If we prayed about it, if we really, really asked for forgiveness, we could become re-virginated! That’s right, we’d be virgins again! This seemed very important to her.
In the process of defending this magical process, between reading bible verses and EGW quotes, she somehow got around to making a few statements that sounded a whole lot like that previous sex could somehow be willed away, in our minds, as if it never happened. And that was going to be a a good thing!
From these amazing facts, we determined that was she was essentially saying is that that sex is only sex if you want it to be. Which we found even more hilarious!
To this day, about 40 years later, whenever a few of us get together to hang out, at some random point someone almost always blurts out, “Because, well, you know, sex is only sex if you want it to be!” We say it with a tone as if it answers some deep philosophical question - that no one asked. And then we all laugh uncontrollably.
None of us will ever forget her week of prayer. But what we remember is perhaps not what she wanted us to remember. She was unprofessional, apparently uneducated on the topic she presented, and also completely ineffective - her message was completely out of touch with her audience: Those of us who were having sex kept right on doing it and the ones who weren’t continued to want to. 'Cause, you know, teenagers. Simple as that.