I saw about 15 minutes of Ed Young Sr’s show today. He’s a pastor in a church in Houston, Texas, and not to be confused with Ed Young Jr.
Young Sr’s sermon was about sex, and he opened it by saying (paraphrasing):
“SEX! I always wanted to open a sermon by yelling that word! … Christians today don’t want to talk about sex. Churches don’t talk about sex enough.”
What planet has he been living on lately?
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Sexist, wacko Pastor Mark Driscoll (who has “porn- o- visions” and wrote an entire book with graphic descriptions of sex) never talks about anything other than sex (when he isn’t lecturing that women need to submit to men – insert eye roll here – ).
Ed Young Jr. held several sex- related sermons, most infamously culminating in his weird “Sexperiment” where he and his wife spent time in a bed on top of their church’s roof.
The rank and file Baptist, evangelical and fundamentalist Christian groups (the pastors in particular) talk about sex constantly – in their sermons, blogs, books, and television and radio programs. And not to condemn sex, but to go on about how great it is, and how wives need to service their husbands regularly.
One topic I might want to visit in another, future blog post (or re-visit) is that one topic most churches do not touch is celibacy / virginity.
A lot of Christians (and Non Christians) are sadly misguided on this area – I’ve actually had them tell me on other blogs that churches, or some Christian organizations, focus on virginity ‘too much.’ That may be true of the crackpot groups, but certainly not the mainstream ones.
If pastors insist on preaching about sex constantly (and they do), why do they never, ever present virginity- until- marriage / celibacy as perfectly valid options for adults over the age of 30 (which they do not do)?
Instead, the assumption by them, and by rank and file Christians, is that all Christians over 25 or 30 are having sex outside of marriage – whether one wishes to term this sort of sex ‘fornication’ or some other term is irrelevant (which I mention, because people at another blog were nit picking over terminology. Also, oddly, I am seeing Non Christians or liberal Christians continue to dispute that the Bible condemns fornication – even though it does. That may be another topic I address in the future, and which I touched on briefly in an older blog post or two, such as (Link): this one).
I have a feeling if more churches began actually holding up virginity- until- marriage (i.e., sexual self control) as the expected standard for all believers of all ages (and not just for Christian people from ages 15 – 25), there might be fewer cases of sexual sins among believers.
As it stands right now, other than the topics of marriage and parenting, the church over-preaches the topic of sex. I’m tired of hearing about sex and how many Christian men, including preachers, are hooked on pornography, and all the other sex-related sermons.
Almost all I ever hear about from most preachers or Christian television shows these days is sex. So for Ed Young Sr. to stand on his church’s stage and say sex is the one topic Christians won’t discuss is ridiculous and shows how out of step he is with what’s going on outside of his church.
Pornographic Divination [discusses pastor Mark Driscoll’s sex obsession]
(from Phil Johnson’s blog – I’m not in agreement with Johnson on all topics)
Janet Mefferd-3/9/2012-Hour 2-Janet Mefferd Radio Show
Evangelicals Too Sexy? – from Washington Post
Here’s an excerpt:
Yet the Ned Flanders narrative that evangelicals are awkward and repressed persists, fueled in part by, well, Ned Flanders, but also by evangelicals ourselves. With every new book that comes out, we continue to run from the stereotype that we don’t talk enough about sex, despite the fact that an outside observer might be forgiven for thinking we talk about very little else. We have not yet learned that our repeated insistence that we can have hot sex too simply reinforces the perception that we don’t have better things to do. This is, after all, an area where actions speak louder than words.
As a result, our proclamation that sex is good because God designed it often seems tinged with an anxious striving for sexual respectability. Evangelical sex manuals have an apologetic undercurrent that suggests that because God made it, Christians should be having better and more frequent sex than everyone else. As two scholars who analyzed sex manuals from the early 80s put it, we are apparently “God’s chosen people in matters of sexuality.”