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Redeeming Sex: Casting a Vision for Godly Sexuality in a Secular Society

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By Luke Gilkerson

Can Christians interact with an increasingly secularized society about the subject of sexuality in a rational and respectable manner?

Back in April, Pastor Douglas Wilson of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho, was invited to Indiana University to speak about biblical sexuality. A large crowd gathered, many to express their vehement disagreement with Wilson’s viewpoint. There is shouting cussing, name-calling, sign waving, chanting, and even campus police escorting out disruptive individuals.

If nothing else, you’ll stay engaged as you watch these videos because you’re waiting to see who will interrupt him next.

Douglas Wilson’s Argument from Worship

In no uncertain terms, Wilson graciously but specifically labels various types of lifestyle choices as sinful—from bisexuality to sodomy, from transgendered individuals to “virtual perverts.” This does not win him any friends among the dissenters.

Wilson argues that the reason why there are a lack of sexual moral boundaries today and the reason why there is a widespread rejection of Biblical sexual ethics is because of how modern culture views ultimate reality. Modern culture, he says, is “radically relativistic.” People do not simply behave a certain way for no reason: people shape their sexual ethics based a fundament “religious commitment.” If you believe ultimate reality is infinitely malleable, then sexual ethics are equally malleable.

Wilson asks each person to think of the times when they are alone and wondering, “How did I get here? How did we all get here? Why am I here?” If our answer is that we are just the end product of time and chance acting on matter, this belief will trickle downstream into our sexual ethics.

From this fundamental premise, Wilson also argues that neither politics nor moralizing are the best ways for Christians to go about bringing change to our culture. Politics is not our savior; only Jesus is, Wilson says. Putting marriage amendment laws into a culture that worships wrongly is just giving our culture something to spew out of its mouth. Similarly, merely telling a non-Christian to behave like a Christian is counterproductive. Instead, our culture must be summoned to worship the true Creator.

Kill the dragon. Get the Girl.

Wilson also goes to great lengths (if you can track him through his detailed literary analysis) to show that the great theme of the New Testament is this: “How God the Father arranged for His divine Son to marry a prostitute.”

Wilson shows from multiple examples in the ministry and life of Jesus, God is telling the world that those who want to be a part of the kingdom of God must first recognize how screwed up they are. Whether we look at the women of ill repute in Jesus genealogy or the numerous prostitutes who accept Jesus’ message, the meaning is clear: Jesus came not for the worthy, but the unworthy.

God loves harlots. After all, He arranged for His Son to marry one.

Wilson shares how every Saturday night his extended family gets together to share a meal, followed by Q&A with the kids. The last question always asked to them is this: “What’s the point of the whole Bible?” All the kids answer together: “Kill the dragon; get the girl.”

Wilson’s point is well spoken: God redeems sexually broken people and makes them a part of his bride. This is the radical message of grace we see in the New Testament.

Watch the Videos

You can watch both of Wilson’s presentations and the two-hour question-and-answer period on CanonWired.com.


Luke Gilkerson is the general editor and primary author of Breaking Free. He serves as the Internet Community Manager at Covenant Eyes. Luke has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Bowling Green State University and is working on an MA in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary. Before working at Covenant Eyes he spent six years as a campus minister. He understands firsthand the struggles and temptations someone faces when surfing the Internet, and he seeks to give people practical and spiritual resources to fight these temptations.

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