The evangelical landscape is littered with the carcasses of lives and ministries decimated by sexual sin. For every well-known Christian television personality or evangelical leader who commits sexual immorality, there are any number of lesser-known local pastors, Bible teachers, and parachurch workers who quietly resign or are fired for the same.
Someone wrote our ministry to ask, “Is it permissible for a Christian to occasionally enjoy erotic reading? (I'm not talking about anything violent.)" This person’s question was answered by Karen Coleman, an EPM staff member now with Jesus. I appreciate her wise and winsome response.
I was delighted to see the following message to youth leaders and workers by Dustin Brown with Crossings Ministries, where he shares points from the book on how to help and encourage teenagers to walk in sexual purity.
When it goes to fighting lust, and other besetting sins, our greatest need is for a heart transplant, a mind reprogramming, a change in our inner beings. Jesus told us why: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality” (Matthew 15:19–20).
Many researchers recognize, even from their non-Christian worldview, that children’s early exposure to addictive pornography and behavior such as sexting (taking and sharing provocative selfies) is harming them deeply.
Recently, in the wake of yet another Christian leader found to have committed immorality, Tim Challies posted a response, actually a plea to Christian men, written by his wife Aileen. I found it both concise and powerful.
I highly recommend Kevin DeYoung's book What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? He has an appendix on gay marriage that's terrific. Kevin posted it recently in his always excellent blog and I want to draw attention to it because both the book and this small appendix are really worth reading and discussing in our churches.
The battles that are waged every day in our minds and on our computer screens take their spiritual toll. By cultivating our inner lives, we are more likely to experience daily victories.
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