Explicit Sexual Imagery and the Christian Walk
Some time back I wrote an article called â€œRun for your lifeâ€, where I warned of a very troubling concept found in a book by Ann Voskamp, namely to think of our union with God in sexual terms. For many days afterwards I was bombarded with hostile personal attacks in the comments, many of which I had to delete, and yet, no one was able to say that I had misunderstood the authorâ€™s words or taken them out of context in any way at all. Anyway, regarding this, hereâ€™s a question I received today (edited slightly):
Pastor Samson, I am in absolutely disagreement with Ann Voskampâ€™s book; but now I have a question, that I am not finding â€œeasyâ€ to answer. Ann has posted a sort of a response to criticisms she has received, in which she quotes men like John Piper, C.H. Spurgeon and Jonathan Edwards, using the â€œsame kindâ€ of metaphor that she used. I find this very dangerous because many Reformed women now are feeling â€œsafeâ€ about following her lead. That is why I want to be ready to give them an answer. What are your thoughts? Would you consider writing a post explaining what Edwards and Spurgeon meant when they used these words? Thank you.
My response can be found here. - JS