Sex is Powerful

How the Bible suggest we treat something as powerful as sex

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Evangelical Christian living in Southern California. I live with my wife and whatever foster children happen to be in our home at this moment. I love photography, baseball, movies and I'm fascinated by Mormonism.

8 thoughts on “Sex is Powerful

  1. If I wanted to find reason to quibble about this audio (and the others I’ve listened to), it wouldn’t be hard to do so. But my complaints would indeed be mostly quibbles.

    Where I think the speaker did an excellent job was giving sound, positive reasons for following with the LDS among us would call the law of chastity. It’s very easy to say why sex outside of marriage is wrong, and to talk about its evils, and certainly you’ll hear plenty of that in many LDS and evangelical churches. But it’s something else to promote the positive teachings of scriptures and Christian thought, to describe what we’re missing out on when we choose the wrong. We often hear how sex (in marriage) is a great gift from God, but we seldom hear why.

  2. I really liked the way this guy addressed the topic. Mormons are generally way too closed-lipped about these sorts of things. This is generally driven by the more repressed/conservative elements, i.e. you don’t want to offend people by bringing up sex or appear to be tolerant or accepting of what some may see as immorality.

    Another difference in practice that I think is significant is the way the “testimony” of the guy who had the porn problem was addressed in the previous installment. I liked the boldness, courage of the public confession and testimony.

    I gave a lesson on pornography in priesthood meeting a while back and basically said that we should all recognize that a lot of us Mormons use/have used pornography and be open to talk about it honestly in church. If we don’t we can’t expect help from the community. It was interesting to see the surprise on some faces when the issue was accepted as something that happens all the time, rather than as a potential problem that Mormons generally avoid. Porn is rampant in the church because it is so easy to conceal, and so compelling.

    More openness on these in LDS meetings would make the lessons a lot more relevant.

  3. And plus, you’re not supposed to talk about your past transgressions in Mormonism.

  4. Well, it’s not really polite in a lot of settings to impose your private laundry on other people – no matter what the tell-all fads of the moment say.

    I’ve found that the Mormon “fireside” format is usually the place where you get the most candid discussion of sensitive topics.

  5. Kullervo said: “And plus, you’re not supposed to talk about your past transgressions in Mormonism.

    I don’t know if there’s an edict on that or not, but there is a certain danger in this sort of thing. I have heard speakers at evangelical churches go into such detail in describing a past life that that the message I got from the speaker was “See how bad I was, bet you can’t top that. Because God saved me from so much, I must be a pretty cool dude.” (The guest speaker in this audiotape above was not guilty of that and actually handled things quite well.)

    Jared C. said: “Porn is rampant in the church because it is so easy to conceal, and so compelling.

    Do you think it’s more common in LDS churches than in non-LDS churches, or less? Just curious to hear what you think. I have no idea whatsoever.

    Seth R. said: “I’ve found that the Mormon “fireside” format is usually the place where you get the most candid discussion of sensitive topics.

    I don’t know if this is standard practice, but the last two stakes I’ve been in have had an no-kids meeting the evening or late afternoon before stake conference. Some of them also addressed topics that probably wouldn’t be appropriate at a sacrament meeting. Some of the speakers have been quite good and engaging; some weren’t.

    There’s certainly a place in the LDS church for candidly addressing these issues, but it probably doesn’t happen often enough.

  6. Do you think it’s more common in LDS churches than in non-LDS churches, or less? Just curious to hear what you think. I have no idea whatsoever.

    I’m not trying to point out a speck in my brother’s eye on this one. But I think data shows that pornography use in Utah is higher per capita than other places. That could mean a whole sort of things (like Evangelicals prefer strip clubs).

  7. Tim said: “But I think data shows that pornography use in Utah is higher per capita than other places.

    What data is that?

    I’m not saying you’re wrong. I’m just asking.

  8. Tim/Eric:

    I said that porn is rampant in the church based on this info:

    – Porn is ‘rampant’ everywhere and LDS have the same tendencies as most other people.

    – It is brought up constantly in General Conference.

    – I have represented people in divorce in Utah and this issue nearly always comes up in custody battles mormon or not.

    – I know a several clinical psychologists in Utah who treat this and they have told me that they see no difference in use patterns among LDS and non-Lds.

    – All of this is circumstantial/anecdotal. I really doubt there has been any reliable studies that show that Utah has higher use per capita than anywhere else. It sounds like one of those “statistics” that gets passed around without support, but I am open to be proven wrong.

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