Friday, August 28, 2015

Redeeming sexual sin...

In chapter 3 of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield's fantastic book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert (a free audio book download is still available for a few more days), she recounts an incident when she spoke before a college audience about sexual sin.

With candor, she told people to not think that heterosexual marriage is the answer for redeeming sexual sin.

Heterosexual marriage doesn't redeem decades of fornication.

Heterosexual marriage doesn't redeem a sinful pornography addiction.

Heterosexual marriage doesn't redeem homosexual trysts.

As one who has sinned sexually both before and after marriage, I need redemption. I also need to know there is a way back if I sin again...where is our hope? Answer:

The only redeemer of sexual sin is Jesus Christ. He forgives us of wrongdoing. He has the power to renew hearts and bodies. He can make us new and send us out as washed, sanctified and justified (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Repent and turn to the Redeemer...

There is hope for anyone, from any past, from any sin...but our hope doesn't lie in "getting sexuality figured out" or "getting married to the right gender." Turn to where this great hymn of the faith points...

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

If this stirred ideas, frustrations, anger, or longing, you might also appreciate a sermon I preached on August 23, 2015 entitled, "Hope for Human Sexuality."

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