“One must wonder, with all the discussion going on about sex nowadays in the New Age/New Spiritual culture, and among Christians who take their cue from that “spirituality,” whether such prurient interests don’t indicate something deeper is going on that is devastating true spirituality in the church.–Pastor Larry DeBruyn
For those who are wondering why Lighthouse Trails is covering issues regarding “sexual spirituality,” we believe what is occurring with Mark Driscoll, Rob Bell (author of Sex God), and many others (including Focus on the Family’s marriage speaker, Gary Thomas) is a disguised version, perhaps at an infant stage, of New Age tantra (please see our article on tantra below).
Pastor Larry DeBruyn, a devoted believer in Christ and His Word, spoke with Lighthouse Trails on Friday, January 16th. He told us he felt a tremendous amount of concern about the upcoming “Entrusted with the Gospel” 2009 National Conference with Mark Driscoll in April, which includes pastors and scholars such as John Piper, D.A. Carson, Joshua Harris (I Kissed Dating Good-Bye), and Erwin Lutzer. In light of the current controversy over Mark Driscoll’s public treatment of sex and the way in which “sexual spirituality” is beginning to assert itself in contemporary Christianity via the influence of contemplative spirituality and the emerging church movement, Pastor DeBruyn asked us to post Ephesians 5:3-16, stating that it contains Paul’s caution about how sexual matters ought to be treated amongst Bible believers in the context of our paganized culture. Additionally, Pastor DeBruyn’s Fall 2008, 3-part article, “Spirituality & Sex,” (see below) addresses aspects of the issue as well.
We hope you will read the following Scriptures and then see the links below for Pastor DeBruyn’s article as well as other related articles.
But fornication [Greek, porneia, from which we get our word pornography], and all uncleanness [Greek, akatharsia, frequently associated with immorality in the New Testament; See Romans 1:24], or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting [by context related to dirty jokes arising from porneia and akatharsia], which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
For this ye know, that no whoremonger [Greek, pornos], nor unclean [Greek, akathartos] person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:3-16
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