Sex Is Not The Problem; Lust Is by Joshua Harris

 

51bom77rl_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa240_sh20_ou01_I think this book would appeal to both teenagers and parents, although I would give the parents the book first to read.

This is not explicit in its language but it does tackle the difficult questions. The premise is that sex is a god thing – created by God, to be enjoyed and treasured within the framework of marriage. The issue which both single and married people struggle over and leads them into problems is lust.

Lust is so dangerous – so powerful that our attempts to create pacts or contracts with ourselves are not going to work. In order to combat lust we need to immerse ourselves into scripture and to immerse ourselves into a strategy to avoid lust – a strategy which includes support from others.

We must not just combat lust, or avoid it – we must learn to hate it – we must understand why it is so evil – how it seeks to rob us of God’s plan for us. Also, lust is Insatiable – it can never be satisfied, regardless of how much we seek. Harris quotes Ephesians 5:3, that there should not even be a hint of sexual immorality or any kind of impurity among you.

Harris writes:

A little lust is not OK That’s why God calls us to the daunting standard of not even a hint. This means there’s no place for lust to exist peacefully in our lives. We are to fight it on every front.

Harris lays out not just the reason for combating lust but a blue print to help in the battle. The first is to pray and study scripture regularly; identify the sin; take steps to stop, remove temptation, block websites etc; seek fellowship as a means of grace by finding a godly person, or group of people to support you and to pray with each other.

Good, godly advice.

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