3 Steps Christian Institutions Take from Orthodoxy to Sexual Immorality

"It might be presumptuous to imply the path from orthodoxy to heterodoxy is the same for all institutions. Yet there does seem to be a recurring pattern that includes three steps." - TGC

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Ed Vasicek's picture

Sometimes you read something you have thought and find that others have made the same observations.  This column is right on the money.  Great read!

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josh p's picture

It was a good article. Curious though if others agree with this statement. 
 

"For example, women serving as pastors is a second-order issue, akin to the mode of baptism."

Mark_Smith's picture

I just wish we put half the effort into reducing and preventing divorce as we place in "fighting" LGBTQ+. We look like fools fighting the evil homosexual lobby when half of "us" don't take marriage seriously and commit sexual sins. Maybe your church is ok, but trust me, churches are chuck full of divorced people, and the divorces aren't slowing down... The real problem is US and not THEM.

Dave White's picture

Mark_Smith wrote:
... when half of "us" don't take marriage seriously ....

On that "half of us" claim: 

https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-divorce-rate.html

Partnering with George Barna, Feldhahn reexamined the data pertaining to the divorce rate among Christians and found that the numbers were based on survey-takers who identified as “Christian” rather than some other religion. Under that broad classification, respondents were as likely as anyone else to have been divorced. The “Christian” category included people who profess a belief system but do not live a committed lifestyle. However, for those who were active in their church, the divorce rate was 27 to 50 percent lower than for non-churchgoers. Nominal Christians—those who simply call themselves “Christians” but do not actively engage with the faith—are actually 20 percent more likely than the general population to get divorced.

Dr. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, states that “‘active conservative protestants who attend church regularly are actually 35% less likely to divorce than those who have no religious preferences” (quoted by Stetzer, Ed. “The Exchange.” Christianity Today. “Marriage, Divorce, and the Church: What do the stats say, and can marriage be happy?” Feb. 14, 2014. WEB. Oct. 26, 2015). In her studies, Feldhahn found that 72 percent of all married people were still married to their first spouse. And of those marriages, four out of five are happy.
 

JD Miller's picture

Well, I spoke against lying in Bible study tonight.  Should I have kept quiet about that becasue divorce is a problem?  I say that to point out that of course divorce is a problem, but there are a number of reasons for that with the basic reason being sinful behavior.  Thus we should be willing to preach against any sin.