Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Problem with 'Purity' Culture
"And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him [Jesus] a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They said unto Him, "Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now, Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?!?
This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her: Woman, where are those thine accusers?!? hath no man condemned thee?!?
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."
The other day, I read this article in the Christian Post. It bugged the everloving snot out of me. I've finally figured out why.
What does the phrase 'sexual purity' sound like to someone outside the Church?!?
To someone outside the Church, 'sexual purity' sounds judgmental. The Church is calling anyone who's ever violated Chapter 18 of Leviticus impure. That's what the Pharisees did.
Jesus, by contrast, forgave and redeemed the adulteress. Granted, Jesus held her future behavior to a high standard, but His command 'Go and sin no more' came after he forgave and redeemed her. Grace came first.
Sexual redemption is more important than sexual 'purity.' The Gospel isn't about being 'pure'; it's about turning to God for help in our impurity. The Holy Spirit will take care of the rest.
To me, this 'purity' talk focuses on works when we should focus on Grace and the Holy Spirit.
Don't preach on abstinence and 'purity'; preach on Salvation and have Faith in the Holy Spirit.