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February 06, 2008

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Jared

So what you're saying is that this should be part of the small group curriculum next semester?

Bill LaMorey

Yup, and I nominate you to lead it!

Nicholas

It is brilliant and very thought provoking. I am almost all the way through it (audio). There is nothing better as you're driving along I-84!! It's got to be a small group next time around.

Andrew

I agree, such a great book, would definitely be good for a small group.

Matt

Sex is not a way to seek the God of the bible! Why do you promote feeding the flesh? Ex.19 tells how God told His peaple to get ready to hear from Him. One of the things menchened was for the men not to be with there wives { no sex}. "So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.” Ex. 19:14-15 This was just before God gave the ten commandments this was how God said to prepare themselves to hear Him. In a new testament passage I believe it was Paul that said, that a woman and a man should not deny one another, but it makes one exception and that is in the case that they agree to for the purpose of fasting and prayer in other words to deny flesh, and seek God. Jesus said “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. The flesh and demons are the only foes a true born again child of God has why aid either with over promoting what will not be in heaven {sex},Or our LORD never saw as something worthy of His time {sex}. Why not instead seek the God of the bible through His perscibed way repetance and faith.

Bill LaMorey

Matt,

I think if you were to read our statement of faith and examine our teachings that the only fair conclusion is that a relationship with God begins with faith and repentance. Having said that, there are many metaphors He has given to help us to help us understand Him better and get to know Him to the best of our capabilities. (He is compared to a father, a husband, a king, a shepherd, etc.) -each increasing our understanding of Him and His nature; none creating a new path of seeking Him. I don't think the book creates a new path (of sex or otherwise) to seek Him. I do believe it does contain some great insights into better understanding sex and the God who created it.

I didn't write the book, so I have little interest and no time to debate this. If you find the book offensive then my recommendation to you is to pick up another book.

Blessings,

Bill

Ed

Bill, you made the comment that you did not write the book. True. You are however, the pastor and thereby responsible for what comes in and out of the fellowship. Rob Bell is one of the main names associated with the emergent church and has no buisness being associated with Calvary Chapel.Im sorry but the name "Sex God" does does not evoke the proper attitude we should have of either or our God.

Bill LaMorey

Ed,

I am well aware of my pastoral responsibilities.

As for the emergent church, there are many great forums to discuss them, but this is not one of them; especially since we are not one. If you were part of our church that's one thing, but I really don't have time for someone to show up with an axe to grind.

I don't know you so I don't feel I owe you any explanation. I'm closing the comments on this post so I can focus on more important things than the EC.


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