f The Wittenberg Door: Why Lust?

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Why Lust?

Clay Jones, D.Min. Associate Professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, makes a great point about lust at his blog. Here’s how it starts:

The trouble with lust isn’t that we lust. As I’ve said before, we were born to lust. You see, God created humans as beings with strong desires. God could have created humans with weak desires but then we wouldn’t care much for even honorable things like friendship, or sex (it’s not wrong to desire sex, after all), or marriage, or children, or God. But since God gave us strong desires, the key is to focus our desires after what is right: God and His Kingdom.

You are either going to lust after God and His Kingdom or you are going to lust after people, possessions, positions, and pleasures. But, no matter what, you are going to lust.

Many people giving advice on controlling lust miss this point and without it, you will never have victory. The last thing a Christian should do is spend much of his or her life focusing on not lusting. After all, everyone knows that the way to stop thinking about pink elephants is to start thinking about purple ones, and the way to stop thinking about worldly lusts is to start thinking about heavenly ones. We must learn to long for God! Learn to enjoy what He’s giving us for eternity.

You can read the entire post here.

--The Catechizer

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