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Friday, September 09, 2005Sex and the Supremacy of Christ Review
What’s the picture you get when you say sex and Christian in the same breath, or for that matter sex and marriage? To most people I think it’s safe to say they see boring. Even when I showed this book to a Christian friend of mine, he kinda of mumbled under his breath “I wonder if it says missionary position or nothing. And is it any surprise with this day and age teaching if it feels good do it. And don’t get married until you’ve sowed your wild oats. The concept of virginity is mocked and down right hated in some corners.
What this book does and does extremely well is begin to untangle sex from the twisted knot of sin, and restore it to its rightful place as a gift from God to be enjoyed by husband and wife. I can not begin to do this book justice with my own words, so what want to do is allow the book to speak for it’s self as much as possible with out giving away too much.
While this book is edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor, it has quite a few contributors. It is broken down in five parts. Here I think it would be easier for me to just show you:
Part one: God and Sex
Justin Taylor lays the foundation for this book in the introduction:
The genesis of this volume and its attempt to answer that question was the Desiring God National Conference (2004), entitled “Sex and the Supremacy of Christ.” We wanted to approach the topic with frankness and reverence, with the supremacy of Christ as both our foundation and our aim. What do sex and the supremacy of Christ have to do with each other, and what implications should this have for our everyday lives?
Later in the introduction he quotes’s Al Mohler:
Christians have no right to be embarrassed when it comes to talking
In Chapter one John Piper went a step further when he said:
Let me therefore sate again the two points that fly as a double banner over this book. 1) sexuality is designed by Christ as a way to know God more fully; and 2) knowing Christ more fully in all his infinite supremacy is designed as a way of guarding and guiding our sexuality. All sexual corruption serves to conceal the true knowledge of Christ, and the true knowledge of Christ serves to prevent sexual corruption.
Ok I’m now going to skip all the way down to Chapter 4, because this was were my eyes stared to be opened on just how much sin has stained the joy of sex. By far this was my favorite chapter. Not only does it talk about the “big” sins of sex, but also those “little” sins that easily get sweep under the cover as not hurting anyone. Mr. Powlison doesn’t just stop there but goes on to explain how Christ can begin to heal us:
You can hardly bear to put a name on what some people do, or on what happens to some people. Is your sexuality misshapen and misdirected? Sexual evils are among the dark things that pour forth from within our hearts. Jesus bluntly indicts a roster of sexual wrongs (Mark 7:21-23)-and offers costly mercy to the repentant. Has your sexuality been harmed by others? Some people experience terrible suffering at the hands of predators, users, misuses, and abusers. Jesus fiercely curses those who trip up other (Matt 18:6-7) - and offers safe refuge to sufferers.
For the sake of time let me conclude with this, this book touches every major aspect of what sex should mean to a Christian. Like I said before, this book takes a giant step in the right direction towards restoring the true nature of sex, and how we should not, as Christians, be ashamed of using it to bring glory to God. After all it’s His gift to us, and we should enjoy it, not fear it.
This book truly has something for everyone. I’ll admit this book took me longer to read than others, not because it’s complex or hard to understand, but for the shear fact that there is so much information in its 270 pages, and is a must have.
For more reviews go to Mind and Media, who supplied me this book as a gift from Crossway publishers.
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