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Jesus, the church, and pre-marital sex

by Christoph Email

Just to try it out, I entered "Pentecostal" as a search key word into the new "RSS Zeitgeist" engine. Among the results I got, I was shocked to find the following quote:
"Jesus is the biggest cock-blocker ever." That was my friend K., summing up why he had to break it off with the woman he was dating. Apparently, she was a member of some weird Pentecostal church...very anti-sex, so obviously that wasn't going to work...(hoyvenmayven)
. How unfortunate, too see how much good Christian teaching on life values can be torn out of context and misunderstood from the outside. Jesus surely was and is no "cock-blocker", but rather the one who enables people to enjoy the God-created pleasures of sexuality to the max -- since it's Jesus alone who permits us to create the kind of relationship that alone can serve as the proper framework for such sexuality. How many people already had to experience, that without Jesus, on the long run "that wasn't going to work." Of course, I have to add a note of caution, since I don't know the exact nature of the "weird Pentecostal church" cited in the post, and I have actually seen all kinds of weird positions put forward within the confines of Pentecostalism. However, generally, I think most Pentecostals will agree on a rejection of premarital sexuality. And I think, they're right! On a positive note, a rather well-balanced position paper on the Pentecostal view of sexuality has been posted by the Assemblies of God (U.S.). Yet, as always, there remains the question on how to bring these well-done statements close to the people on the outside, in order to avoid such distorted perceptions in the future. more »

Homosexuality in your genes?

by Christoph Email

"Homosexuality is a result of many genes," ("Erbgutstudie: Homosexualität ist Ergebnis vieler Gene"), German magazine Der SPIEGEL titles an article in today's online edition. And I am once more amazed at how absolute such a statement can be posited # especially since the careful reader of the article will quickly find out that a genetic origin of homosexuality is nothing but a theory which has not been proven until today. Researchers have neither been able to point out a single gene responsible for homosexuality ("Ein einzelnes Schwulen-Gen wurde aber nie entdeckt"), nor has the latest study more to offer than a small statistic anomally in a test group of 456 men.
Could this be because there is a much simpler, more convincing answer available? At least in my Bible, homosexuality is one of the manifestations of a perverted, sinful mind and lifestyle (Romans 1:28ff). But of course, to say this would be way too intolerant, wouldn't it? more »