The three categories of relationships

I recently read Sex, Dating, and Relationships: A Fresh Approach by Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas. It’s a highly recommended read. According to Hiestand and Thomas, the Bible only presents three categories of relationships between any two human beings. We have the: Neighbor relationship (sex prohibited) Family relationship (sex prohibited) Marriage relationship (sex commanded) They also Continue reading The three categories of relationships

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

If you struggle with intrusive mental images of ANRs, then “think often that Christ suffered agony for your purity. Fight image with image. Christ crying in agony.” Titus 2:14 Christ gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for Continue reading My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

If you struggle with intrusive mental images of ANRs, then “think often that Christ suffered agony for your purity. Fight image with image. Christ crying in agony.” Titus 2:14 Christ gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for Continue reading My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

F.L.E.E. — A Strategy for Pursuing Sexual Purity

From The Gospel Coalition We’re supposed to flee from things that can kill us. Active volcanoes, oncoming traffic, and snakes come to mind. So should sexual immorality. To Christians in a sexually confused culture, Paul issued this clear order: “Flee from sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18). That is, flee from the dangerous enjoyment of sexual Continue reading F.L.E.E. — A Strategy for Pursuing Sexual Purity

Struggling with sexual purity: the idolatry of pornography

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 | Written by Luke Gilkerson Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has some powerful statements about sexual sin as “idolatry.” How is pornography linked to idolatry and what does this have to do with marriage? Porn = Self-Worship Pornography is first and foremost about fantasy.Christian counselor Winston Smith addresses the Continue reading Struggling with sexual purity: the idolatry of pornography

What is sexual immorality?

Answer: In the New Testament, the word most often translated “sexual immorality” is porneia. This word is also translated as “whoredom,” “fornication,” and “idolatry.” It means “a surrendering of sexual purity”, and it is primarily used of premarital sexual relations. From this Greek word we get the English word pornography, stemming from the concept of Continue reading What is sexual immorality?

What does the Bible say about pornography?

By far, the most searched for terms on the internet are related to pornography. Pornography is rampant in the world today. Perhaps more than anything else, Satan has succeeded in twisting and perverting sex. He has taken what is good and right (loving sex between a husband and wife) and replaced it with lust, pornography, Continue reading What does the Bible say about pornography?

Why is sexual purity so important?

Question: “Why is sexual purity so important?” Answer: God gave man and woman the joy and pleasure of sexual relations within the bounds of marriage, and the Bible is clear about the importance of maintaining sexual purity within the boundaries of that union between man and wife (Ephesians 5:31). Humans are well aware of the pleasing Continue reading Why is sexual purity so important?

When single, err on the side of caution

Sometimes, I get blindsided by my desire and start thinking unhealthy thoughts. In Skydiving without a parachute, I said “If a Christian faces a dilemma that primarily affects only him/her as an individual, I strongly believe it’s better to err on the side of caution. If the dilemma has the power to affect the Christian’s marriage Continue reading When single, err on the side of caution

Forbidden sexual practices and the call to holiness

Note how uncovering a person’s nakedness is exactly identical to uncovering the nakedness of the person’s spouse. The two really do become one flesh. New King James Version (NKJV) Laws of Sexual Morality 18 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your Continue reading Forbidden sexual practices and the call to holiness

Outside the heavenly city are the sexually immoral, says Jesus, the bright morning star

English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK) 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes,[a] so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practises falsehood. 16 “I, Continue reading Outside the heavenly city are the sexually immoral, says Jesus, the bright morning star

Sexual immorality and the zeal of Phineas

New Living Translation (NLT) Moab Seduces Israel 25 While the Israelites were camped at Acacia Grove,[a] some of the men defiled themselves by having[b] sexual relations with local Moabite women. 2 These women invited them to attend sacrifices to their gods, so the Israelites feasted with them and worshiped the gods of Moab. 3 In this way, Israel joined in the worship Continue reading Sexual immorality and the zeal of Phineas

God’s righteous wrath against sexual sin is absolutely terrifying: the book of Jude

Greeting Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James: To those who are the called, loved [a] by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ. 2 May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Jude’s Purpose in Writing 3 Dear friends, although I was eager to write you about the salvation we share, Continue reading God’s righteous wrath against sexual sin is absolutely terrifying: the book of Jude