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True Sexual Morality: Recovering Biblical Standards for a Culture in Crisis Paperback – January 31, 2014
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"This extraordinary book doesn't flinch or equivocate. It is comprehensive, practical and highly readable. What a breathtaking achievement!"
—Fred Barnes, Co-founder and Executive Editor, The Weekly Standard, and Co-Host of FOX News Channel's "The Beltway Boys"
"A very thorough study of biblical sexual morality and how it is twisted by the world."
—Elisabeth Elliot Gren, author, Through Gates of Splendor; widow of JimElliot
"Here at long last is a strong, biblical, prophetic, and courageous corrective to the sexual anarchy reigning in our culture. It will frame debate and equip Christians to battle for moral sanity and for souls."
—R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"This book upholds high standards of biblical holiness, purity, beauty, and joy in clear contrast to the bankrupt, destructive immorality flooding our culture today."
—Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary
"Here is an uncompromising explanation of the Bible's clear teaching on God's design for our sexuality. It will be an enormously effective weapon against the pagan sexuality emerging in our culture."
—Richard Land, President, Southern Evangelical Seminary
"This important work is comprehensive and thorough, and most importantly is biblically and theologically sound. It fills a void in current discussion and will be a standard resource for Christians in the years ahead."
—Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Here is a classic Christian critique of our age-a sharp arrow in the Christian's quiver of essential weapons for spiritual warfare-a tour de force for biblical truth and practice."
—R. Phillip Roberts, President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
"All who care about the true good of men and women, and the upholding of truth and scriptural teaching, will find in this book enormous instruction, insight, vision, and encouragement."
—Bruce A. Ware, T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Daniel R. Heimbach is Professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Born in China of missionary parents, Dr. Heimbach was educated at the U.S. Naval Academy, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Drew University, and served on the White House domestic policy staff.
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Top Customer Reviews
Heimbach clarifies the problem we face so marvelously, and writes so readably, there is no excuse for this book not to become a standard reference. I'm not sure I have ever endorsed a book this highly.
It is essential that we stand back and examine the great myth we all have grown up inside of, which skews and distorts our understanding of what God wants and expects of us regarding sexuality. I myself had no idea how harmful the Romantic sexual paradigm is, and how much I need to correct in my self; I grew up listening to the songs quoted in the book, and came to realize that the Romantic set of assumptions suffuses my instincts regarding sexuality. It is somewhat wrenching, the process of removal of those false assumptions, but liberating and exciting, too. I have always tried to hold the Bible in tension with what I absorbed as "obviously true" about real-life sexual morality. Heimbach doesn't scold or decree; he takes the reader out of the maelstrom, and examines all of our assumptions from a perspective-giving distance. When we return to our accustomed way of thinking, we discover that we now know why we've been wrong all along, like a kid who gives up thumb-sucking for lent, and finds no pleasure in it when he tries it again the day after Easter.
The other paradigms he examines (playboy, thereputic and pagan) are less applicable to me personally, but I am confident that Christians looking for answers to those sets of issues will be just as satisfied. It is a comprehensive work. Perhaps, it's the definitive work on the subject.
The author of True Sexual Morality (henceforth TSM) knows his Bible.
He also knows his sexual mores. They are Scriptural.
This book is not an easy read. It is one that is important, however. As the subtitle states, we are a culture in crisis. We need to recover Biblical standards. If professors, teachers, preachers, and all Christians would take heed to this book we could indeed recover these Biblical standards. Our churches, as well as our culture, are in crisis.
From the spiritualizing of sex by paganism to the spiritual aspect of sex in Christianity; from the reason why sex should be exclusive to marriage to the reasons against polygamy, TSM covers its subject matter almost exhaustively.
TSM should be given a second subtitle: "An Encyclopedia of Christian Sexual Ethics." I don't think there is anything neglected.
TSM should be used as a textbook in every Christian Bible college, seminary, university, and should be used as a reference by every committed Bible teacher.
It's that good.
The best chapters are #12 and #18.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a well-written, well-researched book on the subject of sexual morality. It is based on a solidly conservative view of the Bible. Read morePublished 23 months ago by spfdgreg
Great Read. I enjoyed it very much. The author is very knowledgeable and well organized. Yes, Yes, Yes. Thank you for this work.Published on May 19, 2014 by paula hall
From a 'moral' and ethical standpoint this book is truly very bible based and mostly sex negative messages with few exceptions. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by flkjadpoopoo2
The author is something of an anti-sex fanatic. The entire book is nothing but him saying sexuality is the "devils work" and then throwing out a bunch of bible verses to try and... Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by Kevin