A Minnesota pastor whose teachings have been promoted by members of the Duggar family argued this week that only Christians were meant to have sex.
In a column titled "Sex Belongs to Christians," Pastor John Piper opined that Hollywood had turned the "holy pleasure into a cheap spectator sport."
"Sex belongs to Christians. Because sex belongs to God," he wrote. "If it is used by those who do not believe and know the truth, it is prostituted."
"The pleasures of sex are meant for believers. They are designed for their greatest expression by the children of God," he continued. "He saves His richest gifts for his children. And as we enjoy His gift of sex, we say, by our covenant faithfulness to our spouse, that God is greater than sex. And the pleasures of sex are themselves an overflow of God's own goodness."
According to the pastor, God made sex "for the Christ-exalting glory of covenant-keeping faithfulness in marriage, and for the glory of Christ-exalting chastity in singleness."
"The gospel convinces us of something irresistibly true, and then transforms our desires for something new," Piper says in the sermon. "That conviction and passion keeps us out of bed with someone who's not our spouse and rejects a thousand other temptations."
(h/t: Joe My God)