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Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World Hardcover – July 28, 2005
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First, he points out a group of young people who would fast if one of the group looked at internet pornography. Instead of praising this method, Harris is disappointed and points out that One has already paid the punishment for every sin we have and will commit. To make other people "pay" for your sin is to deny the sufficiency of the atonement of Christ. He says: "If you were to use the practical ideas I'm about to share with you as a legalistic set of guidelines, not only would it be displeasing to God, but you wouldn't change. Your behavior might change for a while, but your heart wouldn't change." (p. 50) And regarding his friend that stayed outside the video store, was he saying it was right for everyone to do so? By no means! His friend had recognized the areas that caused him to lose sight of Christ, and for that time in his life, video stores were a struggle. This is vastly different than telling everyone, "So, like my friend, you shouldn't go into video stores, either."
This is exactly it: Have we really tasted of God to the degree that we want nothing less than satisfaction in Him?Read more ›
Joshua also reminds us of the Bible's clear teaching that lust (which he defines as "craving sexually what God has forbidden") in any form is a sin, which, like all sins, must be punished by the God who created us. The good news of the gospel then -- that Jesus Christ has paid in full for all of our sins by taking our punishment on the Cross, and that He rose from the dead to give us new life in Himself -- provides the foundation for this book. We can work to put lust to death -- work with all of our hearts and all of the strength we have in Christ -- because Christ has set us free already from sin's penalty, which is death. And because Christ's Spirit now is at work within us, we have true hope for progress against our sin in this life and the promise of perfection in the next!
The words "not even a hint," which Joshua took from the NIV transaltion of the Bible, do not set up a legalistic and impossible standard designed to bring us to despair. Instead, the book's title (and text!) points us to the bar set by Christ Himself, who is both our Savior and the only hope we have for change. And what a hope!
Joshua Harris has done a courageous thing in writing this book. Those of us who have been helped by his biblical foundation and practical counsel commend him!
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I found this book during a dark time in my life. I found hope, healing, and direction in Joshua's words. It was like he had written this book for me! Read morePublished 18 days ago by Ruth Hong
It would have been nice for the author to do more research on the matter. There are many other books and resources out there by pastors and theologians that bring much more insight... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jennifer
Wow. This book is golden. I sure didn't know what to expect, or why I felt led to buy this book, but it is amazing so far. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
In this book Joshua Harris never mentions the withdrawal symptoms. If this was a book written for married Christians I would give it a pass, but he clearly writes this book towards... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Caleb
Practical and Scriptural. Insightful and helpful.
Helpful for men and women whether you are in your teens or of retirement age.
Great viewpoint. I am a twenty year old, guy, college student and a fundamental, independent, baptist. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing! What a great read to stay on the path of purity to please God.Published 2 months ago by Kameko Langston