Church members, pick up a couple of copies for the church library. Even where I reach different conclusions from the authors, I am grateful for another investigation of the biblical data. According to pastors Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas, not really. We remember learning in science class about the asexual reproduction of single-celled organisms and being grateful that God had chosen a different method of reproduction for humans. The disruption of this disciple making function is the primary reason the prophet Malachi rebuked the marital unfaithfulness of priests—it was a breakdown of perpetuating holy union.
Young adults who wish to follow Jesus wholeheartedly are faced daily with an onslaught of sexual temptation. This looks like an excellent resource -- I've placed it on my Amazon. Wars have been fought over it. Teaching from our own experience is fine, but we must not impose our views upon others in areas where the Bible remains silent. Much of what we are going to commend in this book is best learned intuitively and organically through a process of teaching and modeling that begins in childhood.
I strongly recommend this book as just such a guide. They had me hooked with that line. Instead, dating is revealed for what it is, which might disturb you. He has also served as a communications advisor for a number of U. So it is possible that some might agree with their premises and the trajectory of their arguments, yet differ on some of the specific conclusions.
But when Hiestand and Thomas started using the language of types and shadows that point to the reality of our future hope in Christ, I wanted to stand up and clap. The authors discuss the whole problem with contemporary dating and try to offer a solution. Gerald and Jay have written a biblically based, gospel-oriented book on sex, dating, and relationships—full of genuine, down-to-earth, practical instruction. But the relentless battering of the promiscuity ram against the gates of Christian virtue can exhaust even devout singles. Sex, Dating, and Relationships adds a new, almost provocative voice to the conversation that, with straightforward theological insight, pleads with Christians to get serious about honoring Christ with their sexuality. My only short critique is that sexuality is mainly defined in this book as sexual activity, and while I agree that sex itself is a type that will be ultimately fulfilled in our consummated union with Christ, I do not believe that we surrender our sexuality in the new heavens and the new earth.
At which time, the marriage bed being what our merciful God has left us of Eden, wherein a man and his wife can still be naked and not ashamed, the Lord intends a covenant couple to begin the journey of freely discovering and fully loving each other as they grow together first in Christ. But have you ever wondered why all the fuss? Rosenberg has written 13 novels and five nonfiction titles, and has produced multiple documentaries. These two authors articulate better what I was trying to explain to my daughter. I think Paul's main point in using Christ-church imagery was to emphasize a husband love his wife as his own body—love your neighbor as yourself—in contrast to a husband's tendency to fixate instead on imagined authority and despotism. Sex, Dating, and Relationships adds a new, almost provocative voice to the conversation that pleads with Christians to get serious about honoring Christ with their sexuality. Considering the pervasive immorality and high divorce rate of our contemporary Christian culture, we evidently need a biblically based, theologically compelling, practical understanding of sex, dating, and relationships. Is our sexuality consistent with the image of Christ and his church? Hiestand and Thomas do not leave us to subjectively try to figure this out, they give us clear, biblical categories for God-ordained relationships, and what our boundaries should be within them.
He lays out the principles of family and neighbor so children can grow up with a healthy and biblical view of sex and members of the opposite gender without the paranoia. But one of the things I wrestled with as a single woman past the age of about 22, was the secular idea that I was not a fully woman until I had lost my virginity. Sex is about the gospel, just like every other thing in life. That would be pedophilia in today's America. He was obviously not tied to a need for sexual reproduction in order to propagate the species.
Many of the comments under my recent are helpful. Gerald lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with his wife, Jill, and their four children. Most helpfully, Paul here links together the familial treatment of the opposite sex with sexual purity. A big thanks to Gerald and Jay for helping us think sanely through this head-scratching cultural shift from a realistic and theologically astute perspective. Better to explore the possibility of marriage, they argue, in a relationship that celebrates romantic love and human sexuality than in one based on rules and limits.
The best scholarship says that Mary the mother of Jesus was probably about 14 when He was born. It flows with life-giving grace. Even one whole book of the Bible the Song of Solomon is dedicated to celebrating the sexual relationship between the husband and wife. Consequently we will not be relying on the fear factor as we seek to help you strive for a life of purity. Much to the eye rolling consternation of many, indeed most in the church, I have been saying for 25 years that if the bible is our authority there is no basis for any physical romance on any level until the wedding night.