Marriage and Purity

I’ve written previously about the difference between something that is sacred, and that which is profane. It’s a topic I’ve explored in a number of ways, ranging from Hemingway to Anglo-Saxon poetry. Tony Evans, pastor and founder of the Urban Alternative in Texas, has his take on this discussion. He’s written a few short books dealing with this, and the topics range from politics to marriage. The good folks over at Moody Publishers were kind enough to let me review Dr. Evans Sacred Sex, which deals with the sacred aspects of marriage.

As with his other works, Evans writing reads very much like a sermon. His sentences are not long and esoteric, but straightforward and concise. This keeps his books rather short in length as well, with Sacred Sex coming in at less than 100 pages. In reality, this is a lecture or perhaps a paper, although it does not maintain the academic style that would characterize a journal article.

As far as content goes, Sacred Sex is an excellent primer on how to pursue a Biblical sexual ethic in our culture. I didn’t find Evans exposition incredibly insightful, but I did see that it was grounded in Truth. And ultimately, that matters more than meeting my intellectual requirements. This is a book that will help singles stay (or get back to) the path God has laid out for His people regarding sex, but can also serve to help married couples who have perhaps bought into the cultural lie that sex is anything less than an act of worship. As Evans points out, sex is holy. It is something that God intended to be a certain way. That’s not a popular perspective in a culture that sees sex as a physical exercise intended primarily for pleasure, but Evans doesn’t shy away from the topic because our society has a different standard. Christians and non-Christians alike struggle with this concept, so it’s good that someone out there is pointing out what should be obvious.

Overall, Evans’ use of Scripture and solid Biblical Principles is thorough. While there are some things I would have preferred to see in a book like this, I cannot in good conscience disagree with Dr. Evans’ work. This small contribution to the sacred/profane discussion is a welcome one.

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