Genesis 3 narrates the fall of humanity into sin. The terrible consequences of sin manifest themselves in a broken relationship with God, each other, and created order (3:16-24). Adam and Eve are kicked out of God’s presence in the Garden of Eden (3:24). Enmity and strife makes its way into their relationship (3:16). The world … Continue reading A Theology of Sex and Gender (Part 3): The Fall of Humanity into Sin
Fighting for sexual purity is absolutely crucial, especially for young men. It is a difficult fight, but one every Christian is capable of winning through the power of the Holy Spirit. There is nothing more discouraging, however, than fighting for purity and thinking you've won that fight, only to be besieged by temptation randomly. One particular … Continue reading Sexual Temptation while Sleeping (And How to Fight It)
God created men and women in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). He also typically unites them in marriage for one lifetime under His rules (Genesis 2:18-24). Unfortunately, due to sin, all people now live in a corrupted world where they are sinners by nature and by choice. Naturally, the harmful effects of sin have infected and … Continue reading A Theology of Sex and Gender (Part 6): The New Covenant and the Church
God created men and women in His image (Gen 1:26-27). Both of them are fully equal in dignity and worth. Unfortunately, sin has broken God’s design. Jesus Himself recognized the profound effects of sin on sexuality and gender. In a discussion with the Pharisees, Jesus upholds God's original creational design for men and women. But … Continue reading A Theology of Sex and Gender (Part 5): The New Covenant in Christ
The usual understanding of the Christian worldview proceeds along the lines of jumping directly from Creation and Fall to Redemption in Christ (see Creation Regained by Al Wolters for an example). Yet the majority of the Bible is actually concerned with Israel, not the church! To pass over the history of Israel and the covenant God … Continue reading A Theology of Sex and Gender (Part 4): Covenant with Israel
This is the second installment of the series, "A Theology of Sex and Gender." You can find Part 1 here A Christian worldview begins with God’s great act of creation. The biblical authors, and even Jesus Himself, regularly grounded their arguments in God’s creational design and order (cf. Matt. 19:4-5; 1 Tim. 2:13-14). Furthermore, since Scripture … Continue reading A Theology of Sex and Gender (Part 2): The Covenant with Creation and Imago Dei
Conversations about sex and gender have always been part of human society since such issues are at the heart of human existence. Every culture asks such questions as, "What does it mean to be a man?" and "What does it mean to be a woman?" And how the reality of our biological sex expresses himself … Continue reading A Theology of Sex and Gender (Part 1): What does it mean to be “biblical”?