Porn or Celibacy: The New Choice for Christian Women?

celibacyIt is a sobering thought, but the prevalence of porn may push us in one of two directions: women may decide porn can no longer be a relationship “deal breaker” and so “marry down” in order to marry at all, or we may see an increase in celibacy forced upon spiritually mature Christian women by the lack of suitable Christian men for marriage. The tragic, unofficial cultural drift within Christianity is in the direction of the former, but the Christian way may instead demand the latter. We severely underestimate the gravity and consequences of porn and other sexual exploitation in our culture to our peril. Ignoring the possibility it may be creating a true crisis for Christian confession and life, we will discover much too late that it also creates nominally “Christian” husbands whose exploitation of their wives only finds wider and wider expression in the home. Thus, if it has to be one or the other, the latter scenario is much to be preferred, for reasons that include the teaching of the Apostle Paul on celibacy in a time of crisis.

Note a recent post at Christianity Today urging a similar point.

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