Sex and the Church: The Conversations We Need To Have
The church today lives in a sex-saturated culture. Commercials and billboards offer soft porn as an enticement to buy products. The Internet and print offer hardcore porn to anyone who wants it. Today’s sexual culture is also invading the church. The lives of many in the church are not much different from modern culture. Teens, young single adults, and even senior citizens have bought into today’s sexual revolution, and while they seemingly live godly lives, in private, things are much different.
How can pastors address these pressing, but sometimes embarrassing issues? Some choose to ignore teaching or preaching biblical values concerning sexual issues. Others, when they do preach on these issues, only condemn those who may be struggling with sexual issues. As difficult as it might be, pastors must address today’s sexual issues and provide hope and healing for those caught in the web of sexual sin and temptation. Bob Burbee, Andrew Comiskey, Joe Dallas, Richard D. Dobbins, Shannon Ethridge, Robert A.J. Gagnon, Cindy Erwin, Ed Stetzer, William M. Struthers, and others provide pastors encouragement and practical advice for addressing the sexual issues in today’s society.
George P. Wood
Robert K. Burbee
How does a pastor maintain sexual integrity in an environment where talking about sex is not only a source of discomfort, but to acknowledge sexuality may arouse suspicion and criticism from a congregation?
Looking more closely at the pornification of our culture will help answer a critical question: Who will be the “salt” and “light” of biblical guidance to a culture gone wild?
Richard D. Dobbins
If we are to remain a relevant church, we must overcome our shyness, break our silence, and confront the sexually threatening challenges to our children and families.
Convincing young people to save sex until marriage is only half the battle. We must also help them prepare for a healthy sex life within marriage.
Single adults need more than negativism — they need to know the positive side of single sexuality and abstinence, the positive things God wants them to work on and do during this stage of life.
A damaged soul threatens the spiritual and relational integrity of many Christians. Here are nine keys to facilitate the healing process for people struggling to free themselves from sexual brokenness.
William M. Struthers
How can you help church members who are controlled by pornography? Insight into the addictive nature of pornography is an important first step.
We are likely to encounter three general types of homosexual people: Those who are unconverted; those who claim to be both gay and Christian; and those who are repentant. Loving each group requires a different and specific response.
Robert A.J. Gagnon
Pro-homosexual interpreters frequently make four claims with respect to Scripture. Their misinterpretations require a scholarly response.
GEORGE PAUL WOOD
If modern culture has oversold sex and the church has ignored it, where can people find the truth about our God-given sexuality? Here are answers to some “hard-hitting sex” questions that will help you navigate these sensitive issues.
From the General Superintendent
George O. Wood
Christian leaders make three mistakes when it comes to human sexuality: They don’t talk about it; they don’t value it; they don’t model it.
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