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Desire and Deceit: The Real Cost of the New Sexual Tolerance Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 16, 2008
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Sexuality is now a major fact of public life in America and around much of the world. In one sense, this is hardly new. After all, sexuality is a major part of human existence–an unavoidably complex and potentially explosive dynamic of human life. But sexuality is now a public issue–front and center in some of the biggest and most contentious debates of our times.
Sex and sexuality now drive much of our advertising, entertainment, and the cultural scripts that citizens use in common conversation. The sexual revolution of the 1960s was, in retrospect, only a signal of what was to come. By the early years of the twenty-first century, issues of sexuality were seemingly unavoidable. Elementary school students are being introduced to “family diversity” curricula, and major newspapers report on the phenomena of sexual promiscuity in homes for the aged. There seems to be virtually no part of the culture that is not dealing with sexuality in one way or another–and often with significant controversy.
Christians have a special stake and stewardship in the midst of this confusion. In the first place, Christians know that sex is both more and less important than the culture of laissez-faire sexuality can understand. Unlike the naturalistic evolutionists, Christians believe that the realities of gender and sexuality are intentional gifts of the Creator, who gave these gifts to His human creatures as both a blessing and a responsibility. Unlike the postmodern relativists, Christians cannot accept the claim that all sexual standards are mere social constructs. We believe that the Creator alone has the right to reveal His intention and commands concerning our stewardship of these gifts. Unlike the marketing geniuses and advertising gurus, we do not believe that sexuality is intended as a ploy to get attention and to create consumer demand. Unlike the pandering producers of sexualized entertainment, we do not believe that sex is primarily about laugh lines and titillation. Unlike the sexual revolutionaries of recent decades, we do not believe that sexuality is the means of liberating the self from cultural oppression.
In other words, we believe that sex is less important than many would have us believe. Human existence is not, first and foremost, about sexual pleasure and the display of sexuality. There is much more to human life, fulfillment, and joy. Sex simply cannot deliver the promises made by our hypersexualized society.
On the other hand, sex is far more important than a secular society can envision. After all, the Christian worldview reveals that sex, gender, and sexuality are ultimately all about the creature’s purpose to glorify the Creator. This frame of reference transforms the entire question and leaves the creature asking this: how do I celebrate and live out my stewardship of my sexuality and my exercise of this gift so that the Creator is most glorified? Needless to say, this is not the question driving the confusion in our sex-saturated culture.
This book is an attempt to look at many of today’s most controversial and troubling issues concerning sexuality from the perspective of biblical Christianity. Every one of us has a stake in this, and Christians are responsible for a special witness to the meaning of sex and sexuality.
And all this, we know, is not only about how we are to think about these issues, but how we are to live.
Top Customer Reviews
Presenting an overview of the infiltration of sexual tolerance throughout society, Mohler is a trustworthy guide through the treacherous landscape of false doctrine, cultural implications, effects on manhood and the family, etc. in Desire and Deceit. Mohler fills the pages of this brief, yet vitally relevant volume with lucid, thought-provoking prose that pulls no punches. In a world filled with compromise, Mohler is anything but, clinging to God's word as the only standard for human sexuality
Mohler contrasts the modern, secular viewpoints of lust and homosexuality with the orthodox Christian response to ungodly arguments. As a fairly new believer I was always confused by the growing acceptance of homosexuality within the church when the Bible seems so clear on the topic. Mohler's examination of the growth of the modern homosexual movement, and the flawed theology this movement is based upon are laid out in order that Christians may be equipped to deal with these questions as they walk in the world daily.
Though Mohler cuts to the chase and isn't afraid to step on toes, these rebuttals of today's free-for-all stance on sexuality are far from being condemning.Read more ›
This is a great tragedy for our nation, and for the 50% of all children in our country who will expereience living with only a single parent. These children are at hugely higher risk for abuse, neglect, emotional problems, drug and alcohol abuse, promiscuity, and, at hugely higher risk later on of criminal behavior. (For statistics, please read "The Abolition of Marriage".)
In fact, our culture has become toxic to children.
Mohler's small, thoughtful book tackles the problem from the perspective of a Christian pastor. He states sadly that "All manners of faith and morality are now considered by a majority of Americans to be issues of mere private preference" (p47). The bitter fact is that "the left wing of the Enlightenment has finally won the day...a majority of Americans now reject the very notion of absolute truth" (p 47).
He discusses pornography and the effects of Kinsey, and the shattering of the once strong Christian ethics in our nation.
A disturbing but necessary book.
That is my critique of the first few chapters. However, the later chapters, especially on homosexual actions and gender, provided some more thought provoking ideas. For example, Dr. Mohler carefully scrutinizes the modern dogma that gender is a social construct and there is no such thing as gender by reflecting on thoughtful questions such as how does one precisely measure gender? Is it a biological trait? If not, how are we able to measure it aside from the personal whims and desires of the individual? It is clear that the idea that there is no such thing as gender is one of the foundations in the defense of those who support homosexual actions, so a good amount of space is given to look at the question of gender.
Another insight that I found fascinating was Dr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Al Mohler is a conservative Christian who understands our culture and explains it well to us, average persons. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by regular customer
Dr. Mohler is a tremendous communicator, and he does his research. This will be a permanent addition to my bookshelf, and I will recommend it to others.Published on December 11, 2013 by Jenny Hall
Dr. Mohler is the best. His ability to understand an argument from all angles is uncanny. He treats this sensitive subject with delicacy and respect. I highly recommend this book.Published on November 29, 2013 by Rob
There is little doubt our current societal milieu is one that has embraced a tolerance for all things deviant. Read morePublished on September 29, 2013 by Michael C. Boling
I just finished this book. This is not normally the type of book I read, but it's a topic that's weighed heavily on me lately. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by nehifamily
First of all, this is a mini-book. It's only 160 pages, with 7-8 page chapters. However, the book is only 4.5 x 7. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by HeatherHH
This little book is packed with information on the negative effects of sexual tolerance in our age. This serves as a great counterbalance to the one-sided utopianism presented by... Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by John
Dr. Mohler is right on the issue of sexual tolerance. What a powerful book. He tackles the issues facing our world and does so in a biblically fashion. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by Barry W. Stone