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A Love Lost

If a man were to go day after day to a pond to feed ducks which no longer exist, you would think him odd. Anyone watching this, would recognize the man either knows nothing of ducks, or he has lost his mind. But what about when a reality has been distorted, and modern society simply accepts the distortion as the new reality? In 1952, C. S. Lewis wrote the book Mere Christianity and addressed this particular distortion.

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Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues. There is no getting away from it: the old Christian rule is, “Either marriage, with complete faithfulness to your partner, or else total abstinence.” Now this is so difficult and so contrary to our instincts, that obviously either Christianity is wrong or our sexual instinct, as it now is, has gone wrong. One or the other. Of course, being a Christian, I think it is the instinct which has gone wrong.

. . . You can get a large audience together for a strip-tease act—that is, to watch a girl undress on the stage. Now suppose you came to a country where you could fill a theatre by simply bringing a covered plate on to the stage and then slowly lifting the cover so as to let everyone see, just before the lights went out, that it contained a mutton chop or a bit of bacon, would you not think that in that country something had gone wrong with the appetite for food? And would not anyone who had grown up in a different world think there was something equally queer about the state of the sex instinct among us?

. . . You and I, for the last twenty years, have been fed all day long on good solid lies about sex. We have been told, till one is sick of hearing it, that sexual desire is in the same state as any of our other natural desires and that if only we abandon the silly old Victorian idea of hushing it up, everything in the garden will be lovely. It is not true. The moment you look at the facts, and away from the propaganda, you see that it is not.

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As a pastor, I contend alongside of folks who are struggling with addictions. I work with, or have direct contact with therapists who inform me of the realities of some addictions, such as sexual or pornography addiction. One thing they have found to be true about these types of addictions; is that they have a constant craving for more, and an increased lust for diversity – there is never enough once the addiction has begun. Then, as these men and women continue, and become more and more wrapped up in their lust, they imagine everyone is like them, and what they are doing is normal. What they are doing is not normal, but to deal with their conscience, they hold to this belief.

You see, the societal lie that our current level of pornography and sexuality openly paraded in public is normal, is just that, a lie. The level of perversion accepted in society has grown exponentially since the days when Lewis penned Mere Christianity. What we are seeing is EROS (sexual & romantic love) defiled, distorted beyond God’s intended purposes. It is obvious from the way God created our bodies, He intended sex to be pleasurable. But what has happened in our oversexualized society, is the love which sex was supposed to accompany and strengthen, has been lost. Buy into the lie, and you will find your sexuality directly affected. As it continues to be distorted, whatever you hoped to gain from it will be lost.  Only by returning to the Creator and His purposes, will you find the enjoyment and fulfillment sex can bring into a marriage relationship. 

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