“We have to be willing to call out teaching that puts words in God’s mouth in order to get a certain result, no matter how innocent it seems or how desirable the result may be. The Scarlet Virgins graciously yet honestly reveals the fruit of sexual legalism, and shows us exactly what is ‘so bad’ about Purity Culture.”
Today I am over at Godwatch Live today talking about Christian purity culture, abuse, and shame.
“Is Christian purity culture robbing people of intimacy through shame? Rebecca refuses to sit back while people suffer.”
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Masturbation is a taboo subject, sometimes even in secular culture. But if we never talk about it, we inadvertently add unnecessary shame to the topic. Most of us have learned that the Bible says it is wrong, but what does the Bible actually say about it? In this episode, Rebecca talks about relevant Scripture on the topic, practical things to consider, and he own thoughts on the matter.
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Homeschool Alumni Challenges Sexual Suppression Within The Church
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Spiritual abuse survivor speaks out on the suppression of sexuality within the Christian purity movement in book The Scarlet Virgins released June 1st, 2017.
“Spit-in water”, “de-petaled flower,” and “a chewed up piece of gum.” Homeschool alumni Rebecca Lemke and her peers heard these cringe-worthy phrases from Christian purity culture throughout their childhood. A push for purity by thought leaders like Joshua Harris was spurred on by cultural sexual permissiveness and high teen pregnancy rates in the 1990s. The enormous reach of this movement began to pervade Evangelical circles, even reaching the tiny Oklahoma town where Lemke grew up.
While the movement got its start as an effort to promote virginity, it quickly morphed into a legalistic and spiritually crushing agenda. Proponents of the purity movement drastically overstepped the bounds of theological soundness, causing a generation of young people to suffer from the crushing weight of being told their worth was found in whether or not they had kissed, hugged, held hands, or had sex.
In her new book, The Scarlet Virgins, Lemke addresses the spiritual, social, physical, and emotional consequences of the purity movement. While she regularly encounters backlash from openly discussing the issues that proceed from purity culture, such as sexual suppression, self-harm, and apostasy, she is firm in her desire to take a stand. “I don’t believe talking about something sensitive makes is de facto taboo,” Lemke says. “It simply means it needs to be discussed with empathy and respect.”
The Scarlet Virgins serves two purposes: To tell survivors of the purity movement that they are not alone, and to promote healing for those who have been wounded. The book can be purchased by going to the author’s website, scarletvirgins.com, or Amazon (digital and physical).
This video is part of a collaboration series with Raymond the Relationship Blogger. We are hoping to do a video every week answering each other’s questions on sex to promote a healthy understanding of sex and sexuality and to show the differences in how we think about these topics.
I don’t know if I’ve just been blessed with being on EVERY SINGLE corner of the internet where insanity is bred, or maybe I’m just unlucky. Either way, I’ve seen a lot of people argue over the inane things. Politics, I get. Religion, I get. Boobs...seriously? If you are making boobs controversial just to create an argument with someone, you have a problem.
Sorry, was that too harsh? All of this has just eaten my brain, you see. Especially the part that allows me to sympathize with people who enjoy rage porn and mommy wars.Continue Reading