Project 12

Discovering Discipleship in the 21st Century

Lust: spiritual misconnection

Posted by justthischris on March 7, 2007

Here are some references and the audio from the class yesterday.

References for “Lust: Spiritual Misconnection”

 

Matt 5:27-30

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; 28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 ” If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 ” If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.

NASU

 

“Lust Is …

Not being able to say no

Constantly being in dangerous sexual situations

Turning my head as if sex-starved all the time

Attraction only to beautiful people

Erotic fantasies

Use of erotic media

Being addicted to the partner as I would be to a drug

Losing my identity in the partner

Obsession with the romantic-going for the “chemistry”

The desire to make the other person lust

 

Another Personal Perspective:

Lust Kills

Lust is the most important thing in my life; it takes priority over me.

Captive to lust, I cannot be myself.

Lust makes me its slave; it kills my freedom; it kills me.

Lust always wants more; lust creates more lust.

Lust is jealous; it wants to possess me.

Lust makes me self-obsessed; it drives me into myself.

Lust makes sex impossible without lust.

Lust destroys the ability to love; it kills love.

Lust destroys the ability to receive love; it kills me.

Lust creates guilt-unavoidably; and guilt has to be expiated.

 

Lust makes part of me want to die because I can’t bear what I’m doing to myself and my powerlessness over it. Increasingly, I direct this guilt and self-hatred inward and outward.

 

Lust is destructive to me and those around me.

Lust kills the spirit; my spirit is me. Lust kills me!”

 

From Sexaholics Anonymous, pg. 43.

“The Negative Connection,” Sexaholics Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous, 2001, pg. 55.

See also the pamphlet “Why Stop Lusting?” available from SA.

 

Karl Barth, Readings from Church Dogmatics, III/4, pgs. 119-21, 209, 210, 211, 212, 215, 216. From Church Dogmatics: A Selection by with Introduction by Helmut Gollwitzer, T&T Clark, 1961.

 

(NT)Tom Wright, Matthew for Everyone: Chapters 1-15, pgs. 46-49, Westminster John Knox, 2004.,

Luke for Everyone, pgs. 90-95, Westminster John Knox, 2004.

John for Everyone: Chapters 1-10, pgs. 40-45, 50; 110-114, Westminster John Knox, 2004.

I strongly recommend seeing Tom Wright’s John for Everyone: Chapters 11-21, pgs. 22-23 (Mary and Her Ointment) and pgs. 144-147 (Mary Magdalene and the Risen Jesus) Powerful stuff!

 

The quote I used for the idea “Pornography as a Marketable Construct” can be found here.

 

Finally, I have this big ‘ole file and only had time to cover half the stuff. If you ever need to know more about current legislation and litigation related to pornography or related political issues come see me.

 

-Chris

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