Klasie Kraalogies on Purity Culture

Today I direct your attention to a post by Klasie Kraalogies on purity culture.

Reserving sex for marriage is one of the foundational disciplines of Christian spirituality, and has been from the get-go.  There are very good reasons for this.  Purity culture is a distortion unique to evangelicalism (I believe) which raises the bar on the no-sex-outside-marriage thing to include kissing, holding hands, or any other sort of romantic contact–and then makes this the end-all, be-all of how we identify ourselves as Christians and show ourselves as faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

Purity culture became a mainstream phenomenon in evangelicalism with Josh Harris’s 1997 blockbuster book I Kissed Dating Goodbye.  But purity culture had been in existence in some parts of evangelicalism long before Harris ever came on the scene.  Kraalogies gives his testimony of growing up in one such corner of evangelicalism and how it influenced his life, and ultimately his marriage.  Read the post, and then read this follow-up about being in a disastrous marriage that was an inevitable result of purity culture teaching.

Mark Driscoll on Church Governance

Mark Driscoll is back.

Warren Throckmorton reports that Driscoll’s new church in Phoenix is hosting a conference on church governance.  According to Throckmorton, topics to be covered at this conference include the following:

  • How the Church and pastors’ families both suffer under bad governance
  • A survey of Church governmental models
  • The biblical standard of singular headship and plural leadership
  • Theocratic government: a “kingdom-down” not “pew-up” unity focused model
  • How to embrace apostolic influence
  • How to implement a God-centered theocratic Church government

This is about as naked as it gets.  There is no attempt to hide the fact that churches operating in the Driscollian mold are a top-down and not a pew-up operation.  We know who the gods are here:  not Jesus Christ.  Consider what Jesus had to say on the issue:

But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

–Matthew 20:25-28

But this is an alternate universe where everyone is wrong but the pastor.  We remember how this ended at Driscoll’s former church:  In a grease fire.