When it comes to sex sometimes it seems hard to find the right path. We are caught in a dynamic tension between the old thinking of our Christian forbears, some of which was restrictive and ill-informed, and the new thinking of those who want not to just throw out the old but to even find a way around the clearer-than-they-would-like dictates off the Word of God.
Old Time Holiness vs. the Pursuit of Happiness
The previous generations were consumed with a heart for holiness. They understood this as both pleasing to God and the way to be closer to Him. Their intent was honorable but no matter what their reasons or their reasoning, some things just are not wrong. In fact they are a gift from God to be enjoyed as freely and frequently as desired.
that I say the
church needs some fresh
thinking about sex?
The present generation can be consumed with a strong longing for liberty that is unencumbered by the restrictions of the past. They want intimacy with God, and they want to fully enjoy all His blessings. Their desire is good, but no matter what the reasoning, some things just are not right. They are wrong and sinful and no amount of contextualization and appeals to justice and mercy will alter this truth. Sadly many of those in whose heart God has placed a hunger for freedom have thrown away the unnecessary religious restrictions of the past and walked, not into God ordained freedom, but into the even more serious bondage of sexual sin.
Is it any wonder that I say the church needs some fresh thinking about sex?
Salt and Light, Reason and Truth
As we try to find our way we are also not to be overly influenced by our culture and its sexual mores. We are called to be salt and light to the world and influence our culture for good. But we cannot influence it for good if we are in moral compromise. Neither can we do so if our beliefs are on either extremes of legalism or licence, and poorly communicated.
I believe there is a middle road of sane reason and Biblical truth. Reason that respects but is not restricted by the ideas of the past, truth that liberates but stays safely within the confines of the Word of God. I also believe the Lord has placed in my heart the desire and call to be one of many giving voice to this middle way. And this being the Age of the Internet it seems to be one of the best ways to communicate these reasonable truths. With that in mind let me introduce you to the three websites I have developed.
Christians and Solo Sex takes an extensive look at masturbation examining the surprising History of why it has been regarded with shame and scorn, what the Bible has to say, and answers the arguments of those who condemn the practice. This website celebrates the joy of Solo Sex and even has a section on Toys for Boys.
Christians, Nudity and Erotica takes a bold Biblical look nudity and erotica in the life of a Christian. I come to some surprising conclusions based on the Word of God makeing a strong case for the enjoyment of nudity, our own and that of others. I also speculate that the Bible may allow for the use and enjoyment of erotica. There is no nudity on this site.
Christians Enjoying Nudity and Erotica is an illustrated and greatly expanded version of Christians, Nudity and Erotica. It the following nine sections - Home, Nudity, Male, Female, Erotica, Articles, Masturbation, Making Love - it contains nudity, and links to on-site erotica. It is my most frequently visited site, with several million page hits. Please be warned that unless you are already comfortable with nudity it would be best to not make this the first site you visit.