“Evangelical Christians and born-again Christians get divorced just as often, if not a little more, than the general population. And Barna has discovered that 90 percent of the born-again Christians who are divorced got divorced after they accepted Christ. On sexual promiscuity, we’re probably doing a little better than the general population. Josh McDowell has estimated that maybe our evangelical youth are 10 percent better, Lord help us.”
Ron Sider, The Evangelical Scandal, Christianity Today
As for me and my house-wife, we decided when we got married that we would never divorce nor entertain the option of divorce. Nor even talk about it. [not saying this in judgment – i understand the brokenness of the world we inhabit] We have now been married almost 18 years. We have never had any other sex partners, before or during our marriage. I guess that puts us out on the WEIRD FRINGE of the evangelical church with our SEXUAL EXPERIENCE, but it is a good place to be. And we thank God for his protective blanket over our marriage, and for the emerging church and its environment of honesty and deep relationships that keep relationships on the brother-sister level.
This is me and Debbie (who has just started a blog on motherhood) when we were volunteers on Operation Mobilzation’s M.V. Logos (85-87) right before we got married and began our steaming HOT sexual relationship that STILL SIZZLES!
BTW – the recording of my sermon on Song of Solomon entitled “Sex That Sizzles” (1992), preached at North Beach Baptist Church in Australia, is probably still making its rounds through the country. If anyone has a copy – let me know and i will convert it to MP3 for a hot steamy Podcast.
How about others in the emerging church? Are you equally embarrassed at the state of the church in general? Do you think that the greater amount of honesty, accountability in the emerging church is the reason why we have such a lower level of promiscuity than the church in general, or is it because our churches are newer, or because of a holistic emphasis on discipleship? Or what?
WEIRD FRINGE OF SEXUAL EXPERIENCE? Yeah, i put that in to see what Google ads would come up. And to pick up a few Google stragglers who were searching for something along those lines. [shame on you! – what would your mother say? GOOGLE IS NOT YOUR PIMP!! – check out XXXChurch.com]
A naughty blog post? yes, but not nearly as naughty as my XXX HOT NAKED post in 2003 that got my site blocked by every evangelical’s computer with family filtering software. That post is still there.
As for those of you that are tempted to leave some “Why do evangelicals use filtering software on their computer when they are getting it in the flesh? kind of comments [that i will frown upon] and some [Why don’t the emerging church people develop some seminars and Sunday School Lessons on sexual purity for the traditional church audience] . . to you i say . . “Therefore let him who thinks he stands be careful that he doesn’t fall.” 1 Cor 10:12