We have seen in the last post that the moral revolution does not have adequate footing on which to stand when it levels its moral charges. We have striven to reframe the debate so that it is no longer stacked against us. Yet embedded in the moral revolution is another contradiction which can be asked as a question: Who, or what, makes a person’s sexuality the way it is? Is it a result of human biology or is it a thing of one’s own determination? Continue reading Reframing the Debate, part 2
With surprising simplicity, the Christian position in favor of the natural family, binary gender roles, and traditional marriage can be reduced to scorn with the labels “hateful, intolerant, homophobic.” The Christian response to these charges has largely been to go on the defensive, endlessly apologizing for any supposed grievances or slip ups in tone or speech. Christians have become paralyzed by self-consciousness and (if we are honest) a silent shame for holding to doctrines which seem so offensive to a watching world. Continue reading Reframing the Debate
It seems to me as though America is degrading so rapidly that Christians don’t have time to stop and think before they respond. Pandora’s Boxes are being opened and dumped out left and right in the society around us (and even in the church). It seems harder and harder for Christians to shine as lights in this dark generation. It’s as though we panic as our voices are silenced and our culture listens less and less. Continue reading How Should a Christian React to the New Sexual Revolution?
“Sex is ok because we are committed to each other only!”
“Sex is ok because we are planning to get married!”
“There is a difference: We’re love-making!”
“We’re only doing foreplay…that doesn’t count as sex, right?”
These excuses and similar ones are used all the time to justify sexual acts among non-married couples. In each thought, the attitude seems to be that God only considers premarital sex a sin in some cases. It is like saying, “God only condemns fornication with people you aren’t dating!” or “The commands against fornication are talking about stuff like orgies and strip clubs, but me and my boyfriend having sex doesn’t count!” Thus the attitude is that God relaxes His holy justice because your situation is somehow unique. But this is not the case. On the contrary, God’s commands are in play across the board. Any sexual activity with somebody other than your spouse (of the opposite gender) is deemed sin in the Bible. Continue reading Excuses Couples Make About Premarital Sex
In my first post on Rape in the Bible, I showed that secularism has nothing really meaningful or consistent to say about rape, and that it in fact pervades many lies that encourage this behavior. Christianity on the other hand provides us with the moral ground to denounce rape and all related sexually immoral behaviors.
Nevertheless, in our increasingly Biblically illiterate society, it is a tendency for people to make claims about the Bible that they cannot defend. Many of their statements have an appearance of soundness at the beginning but, under scrutiny, cannot hold up under their own weight. One egregious example is that the Bible condones rape. Continue reading Men, Rape, and the Bible, part 2
Sexual immorality is a massive problem in the church. Premarital sex, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, and masturbation run rampant through the lives of people in our pews. The only way to deal with these massive moral issues is to boldly address them with the word of God. Using 1 Corinthians 5-6 we are going to quickly run through a list of 7 ways we can fight sexual sin in the church.
Rape is an emotional topic. Much has been done in recent years to raise our awareness of the problems of sexual harassment in the workplace and rape on many prominent college campuses. In the midst of all these actions, some have charged that the Bible and by extension, Christianity, with its emphasis on gender and role distinctions have contributed to this violence.
On its face, the claim has some appeal. The fear of a male dominated society where women are treated as mere chattel is one that looms large in our collective imagination. The Bible then, a product of such a male dominated culture, must be reprehensibly backwards in its outlook, and Christianity which derives its very identity from the Bible, must too be backwards and a contributor to the gender bias and larger abuse in our society.
But wait just a moment. Continue reading Men, Rape, and the Bible