Is your view of sexuality and marriage Medieval? — Sadly, some Christians today still hold to an unbiblical view of sexuality that flows out of Medieval Christianity. Thankfully the Reformers and Puritans returned to a more Biblical view of sexuality and marriage. Here is some of their thinking from the writings of Nathan W. Bingham . . .
“Marital love must be sexual, so that both marital partners can give themselves fully to each other with joy and exuberance in a healthy relationship marked by fidelity. Reformers such as Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, and John Calvin established this aspect of marriage by abandoning the medieval Roman Catholic attitudes that marriage was inferior to celibacy, that all sexual contact between marital partners was a necessary evil to propagate the human race, and that a procreative act that involved passion was inherently sinful.
This negative view was rooted in the ancient church and based on the writings of such notables as Tertullian, Ambrose, and Jerome, all of whom believed that, even within marriage, intercourse necessarily involved sin. This attitude toward marital intimacy, which dominated the church for more than ten centuries, inevitably led to the glorification of virginity and celibacy. By the fifth century, clerics were prohibited from marrying. Two classes of Christians emerged: the “religious” (i.e., the spiritual clergy), which included monks and nuns who vowed to abstain from all sexual activity, and the “profane” (i.e., the secular laity), who, being unable to rise to the noble heights of virginity or celibacy, were conceded the right to marry.” Puritan preachers taught that the Roman Catholic view was unbiblical, even satanic. They cited Paul, who said that the prohibition of marriage is a doctrine of devils (1 Tim. 4:1–3). ===============================================
This Sunday we take a look at Proverbs 5. We will (1) flee the dangers of adultery, (2) Have fun with faithfulness, and (3) celebrate the gift of sexuality in marriage!
Good is good and he gifts good gifts. God is faithful and we are encouraged to be more like Him. When we combine faithfulness with sexuality we find fulfillment. Bottom line . . . faithfulness is fun! I hope you can join us!