Hi, I'm Jeff Mikels,
guitar player, computer nerd, dad, husband,
and founding pastor of Lafayette Community Church in Lafayette, Indiana,
but mostly a follower of Jesus trying to lead people closer to him wherever they are.
One of the questions I get a lot is the question about sexual morality as it relates to the Bible, and it’s one I have thought a lot about as well considering that I do quite a bit of marital counseling and also considering that I’m a guy and I think about these issues myself!
Of course, the biggest question about sexual morality is whether the Bible actually prohibits premarital sex, and if it does prohibit it, why?
I’m going to try to answer that question simply from three angles: What does the Bible teach about sex? What effect does sex have on people? Where should the limits be drawn (i.e. what is the Biblical definition of “sex”)?
What does the Bible teach about sex?
There are many passages in the Bible regarding sexuality and sexual behavior.
I just completed my series of messages on the Bible (see sermon series Shhhh! God’s Talking) and during the series I spent a good amount of time dealing with tough questions of the Bible and tough questions about the faith, but one of the toughest questions that I had to deal with is God’s take on homosexuality.
Actually, I wasn’t able to give it the time it deserves in the brief message or two I was able to address it, so I thought I would go into a little more detail here on my blog.
During my senior year of college, one of my best friends sat me down to talk with me one night.
I know that some people are especially interested in the bigger details of faith, so I decided to post here my full “Doctrinal Statement.” This is the first post in this series, and it reflects the “short form” of my Doctrinal Statement. If you wish to download my entire Doctrinal Statement in either short form or its more detailed version, I will have those links posted soon.
James 1:2-3 gives the standard Christian answer to this question:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance…
Of course, knowing the Sunday school answer and being okay with it are two different things entirely, but this week, I have gained a new perspective on the question that I thought I would share with you. Here are some significant verses from my devotional reading this week:
Judges 2:20-3:4 (New International Version)
20 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel and said, “Because this nation has violated the covenant that I laid down for their forefathers and has not listened to me, 21 I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died. 22 I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the LORD and walk in it as their forefathers did.
In the living room of my in-laws’ home I watched an episode of Law and Order that I haven’t seen before, and it bothered me quite a bit.
The victim was a young man who had tried unsuccessfully to “recover” from homosexuality through the counseling and support of a religious group called Regenesis. One of the supporters of the organization was a local doctor who had been promoting research that homosexuality was a reversible condition.
As I have spoken with people about the Bible, I find more and more that people aren’t really familiar with the “plot” or the overall story of the Bible. Therefore, I’m going to try to go through the entire story of the Bible in a very brief overview fashion. The challenge is that I don’t want to leave anything out, but I want to make sure I’m not spending too much time on less essential things.
article recently where the author is talking about how to make users
of your product or service happy. The basic premise of the article is
that you should make the right things easy and the
wrong things hard.
A great illustration of this is a three pronged electrical plug.
Here are 24 key theological questions that I plan to answer here as I get the time. I should probably just make a commitment to do one answer per day… We’ll have to see! Follow my progress by clicking on the category link -> 24 Theological Questions
What is Scripture’s major theme and purpose?
How would you defend the authority of Scripture?
Where do you stand on the inerrancy of Scripture? Why?
What were the standards followed to develop the canon of Scripture?
Explain and defend your view of the Trinity.
How do you understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit and His gifts in the church today?
What are the conditions of salvation? (believe? repent? confess? surrender? subsequent obedience?)
Assurance of salvation: Can I lose my salvation if I continue to sin?
How can someone know with confidence that he or she is a Christian?
What is your understanding of church government?
(a) Can women be elders in your church? Why or why not?
(b) Does the pastor have a greater authority than other leadership positions?
(c) What are the functions and qualifications for your leaders?
Support the ministry priorities of your church from Scripture.
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
As a pastor who’s got a blog, I’ve been thinking about how this verse relates to blogging. I’ve been blogging for over a year, and I don’t yet have a “manifesto” like this guy on what my blogging policy should be.
Debate idea: big clock on screen under each man. At the end, the man who spoke for the least time gets all the time difference to close. 2012-10-04
Being antisocial is more fun if you have someone to do it with. 2012-10-03
I tolerate all who tolerate what I tolerate, but those who are intolerant of what I tolerate are just intolerable. I'll never tolerate them. 2012-09-07