As the old saying goes, when all else fails, try reading the instructions. This is especially true for human sexuality issues in today’s culture.
“We find ourselves very confused in 2019,” said Owen Strachan, Ph.D., associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. “We don’t know what it means to be human. We need to go back to the Bible in order to understand why, how and for what purpose God made us. We will best understand ourselves when we recall sound doctrine. We are not androgynous secular beings; we are made in the image of God.”
Strachan shared his insights in a recent seminar, Unlocking Biblical Truths: Gender and Sexuality Issues. He discussed how Genesis 1 and 2 shape understanding of human sexuality and how to help people confused by the secular gender revolution.
Strachan also is director of the Center for Public Theology at the seminary, where he teaches a full range of courses in theology at the master’s and doctoral levels. He has published more than a dozen books, including The Grand Design:
Male and Female He Made Them (with Gavin Peacock). Strachan is a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood; a research fellow of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; and a contributing writer to the Gospel Coalition.
“We were not made for sin; we were made for spiritual communion with Almighty God,” Strachan said. “Satan has tricked us into believing that our fallen sexual desires are our identity. But they are not; they are a corruption of our identity. Homosexuality and transgenderism are not God’s good design; each is a perversion of the wisdom and plan of God.”
Doug Richey, a pastor and state representative, issued a call to faithfulness in the public square on matters of gender and sexuality. Strachan emphasized that God’s grace is greater than sexual sin.
“Sin is a terrible, destructive force,” he said, “but the gospel of Christ is stronger still. God loves to take sinners who have jacked up their lives and remake them as trophies of his grace.”
The seminar was sponsored in part by the Missouri Baptist Life Commission and Concerned Women for America.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice
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