A Source of Doubt

Not all doubts are intellectual... For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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At the recent 2013 Gospel Coalition Conference, a Patheos blogger asked pastor Timothy Keller what the biggest obstacle is to Christian revival in our culture today. Keller’s answer surprised everyone: sex.

He then described a strategy his old pastor used on students, who when home from college expressed doubts about Christianity. Keller’s pastor would ask: “Who are you sleeping with?” Now Keller called the question too cruel to use, but often, he said, students would hang their heads and say, “How did you know?”

One of the most culturally offensive things about Christianity today is its sexual morals.  There are, of course, legitimate intellectual doubts that students have, and which we should always be willing to take seriously. But not all doubts are intellectual. Some are moral and they are just as real. If the stats on porn addiction and immorality are accurate, we’ll see as many of those as intellectual ones.  Find more on this, at thePointRadio.org. I’m John Stonestreet.

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Further Reading

'Who Are You Sleeping With?' My Conversation with Timothy Keller
Derek Rishmawy | Christ and Pop Culture | April 11, 2013

Tim Keller, Rachel Held Evans, and the Virginity of Young Christians
Mere Comments | Hunter Baker | April 15, 2013


And I might add, if someone can ask that question without noticing that he is demanding despiccable behavior then we have a lot more to worry about then mere fornication. Bullying people into treason is not the business of pastors.
But the doubts described were clearly intellectual. And emotional bias does not change that. Nor does a question which may or may not be to cruel to use, but which when taken literally asks despiccable behavior of the hearer.