Matt and his wife Laurie travel the world doing what many of us would never dream of doing, and yet they do it with humility and a heart for service. Both Matt and Laurie discuss their respective stories of broken sexuality and the way God has worked in their lives to show them both the depth of His love. This was the backdrop as Matt explored the topic of sexual idolatry and as he shared his personal journey of sexual brokenness.
Christianity continues to define and redefine itself. I continue to question Christians in these matters. The Bible in its entirety is clear on sexuality.
Then, through small steps, want becomes need. There is no one recognized definition of addiction, but most of its proposed definitions share a common core. Addictions are compulsive searches for a desired object or state of mind that are generally unresponsive to the inevitable harmful consequences of those compulsive searches.
For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God. Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied; I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood, Nor will I take their names upon my lips.
But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. Acts That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
Flee from Idolatry! There is something about the human psyche that feels an allurement to danger. Not that we all run to danger but we will often inch toward it to see how close we can get without it harming us.
Religious images in Christian theology have a role within the liturgical and devotional life of adherents of certain Christian denominations. The use of religious images has often been a contentious issue in Christian history. Concern over idolatry is the driving force behind the various traditions of aniconism in Christianity.
Being creatures, we inherently sense our ontological poverty—our innate condition of dependence—and are compelled to find a sense of security. An idolatrous fixation on sexual union has been a staple in human depravity for as far back as our collective memory will take us. In this brief post I offer a few preliminary thoughts on why sexual sin is so often the sin of choice, and why sexual sin is uniquely destructive to our humanity.
Adultery is sexual relations in which at least one participant is married to someone else. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Within marriage, sexual relations are designed to unify husband and wife, to be a source of enjoyment  and to result in children.