A new book that I’m eagerly (and I mean very eagerly waiting) for!

bsy-roy-blizzardbsy-the-bible-sex-and-youThere is a song that was released back in the 1990’s called What’s Up (I believe the song was released in the wrong decade. It should have been released back in the 1960’s but that’s neither here nor there) . In the lyrics, the singer says she prays ” for a revolution” . I will say that I also pray for a revolution for many things wrongheaded in the world.  I hope this upcoming book from Dr. Roy Blizzard called the Bible, Sex and You will cause a revolution in thinking regards to human sexuality in the Christian Church.   Christianity (Western Christianity which is more specifically Catholic and Protestant) has taken it’s marching orders   from St.Augustine for so too long(not only about sex but other important theological issues that affects us today as well). Also if those in the XCGs who have indoctrinated over the Missing Dimension In Sex booklet for all these years, probably this new booklet from Dr. Blizzard will give you something new, refreshing and liberating! Brian Knowles from the Association for Christian Development organization  (an Armstrongist Refusnik group—which is a very good thing) had this to say in reviewing the book:

 One of the reasons for this sorry state of affairs is that the Church generally has lost the connection with its Hebrew roots. This is as true for its teachings on sex as for any other theological topic. Dr. Roy Blizzard asserts, “Unfortunately, I am sorry to say, almost everything taught in Christianity regarding sex, human sexuality, until this very day, has been wrong and has led to sexual frustration and bondage,” (The Bible Sex and You, p. 25).

            Blizzard further asserts, “It is through the Christian theology of the first 1400-1500 years of Christianity and from books written by pseudo-scientists that people not only had some of the distorted and dangerous views about sex that they did but, as a result, continue to remain in ignorance and bondage until this very day,” ibid, p. 29.

            These are working premises of the new book by Dr. Blizzard. It’s an easy read – only 94 pages including End Notes, Bibliography and Glossary. Despite its brevity, it covers the whole span of human sexuality from an Hebraic perspective.

            He addresses marriage, orgasm, Judaic thought on human sexuality, contraception and birth control, abortion, marriage laws and customs, homosexuality, transsexualism, masturbation and pre-marital sex. Dr. Blizzard discusses ancient Greek and Roman attitudes to sexuality and how they affected Christian thinking following the disappearance of the original Jewish apostles. “…many of the practices of Cynicism and Stoicism – and especially that of asceticism and later on celibacy – were adopted by the early Christians. As a result, asceticism and self-denial, seclusion and austerity, celibacy and monasticism are characteristic of Catholicism to this very day,” (ibid. p. 16).

Mr.Knowles continues:

Dr. Blizzard discusses the origins and falsity of the doctrine of original sin. He also takes to task standard Christian understandings of “lust,” the idea that there is something tainted about sex in marriage, the normalcy of sexual fantasies, lesbianism, and reasons for divorce.

            The book will probably prove somewhat offensive to some highly conservative, deeply conditioned, Christians, and not liberal enough to some on the other side of the theological fence. The book is worth a read, if for no other reason that it lays aside many of the common sexual myths believed by Christians. For the more open-minded, it can have a freeing effect from the bondages of traditional Catholic and Evangelical beliefs about how Christians may express their sexuality.

It’s about time! For those interested, you can see Dr. Blizzard’s website right here.

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Guranteed to raise eyebrows

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Many current and former W/XCGers face this question about “The Law” and the relationship to the believer. Trust me this is no small potatoes for either current or former W/XCGers. Some treat it as  a matter of life and death. As one well knows that this is a very heated and explosive topic to say the least.  Many former XCGers who have embraced evangelical Christianity, hold to the notion that the law has no relationship to the believer and is under “the law of Christ” which is stipulated in the New Covenant. The law in the Old Covenant has no relevance today and shouldn’t even be considered to look at. Jeus Christ is our chief role model and that’s all one needs. Some in the Christian Reformed faith would believe that the moral law stipulated in the Old Testament has relevance for the believer today, parts of the ceremonial law are not relevant and are not necessary to keep nor emulate.  Those in Armstrongism believe that there is no salvation apart from obedience to God law. Those schooled in the essentials of historic Cristian faith know very well that this is problematic. This belief actually compromises the belief in salvation of grace by faith in Jesus Christ—meaning when it comes to being saved it is not a matter of what you can do for God but it is a matter of what God has done 2000 years ago by sending His Son to die for the sins of mankind and liberate humanity from the bondage of death. In Armstrongism one “qualifies in entering” the kingdom. One cannot be assured that he or she is saved because that is presumptuous and arrogant! But scripture talks about assurance, that believers are given The Holy Spirit which SEALS a believer for the day of redemption! Not the meticulous observance of the law!

But what about the law—or Torah??? I have managed through another blog which is of Messianic Jewish orientation had collected this article from a Torah-observant Messianic website called The First Fruits of Zion. Doug Ward of Grace and Knowledge has subscribed to their materials and has spoken positively about their works. In the articled titled, It is Often Said:“Two Thousand Years of Christianity Cannot be Wrong!” by Tim Hegg, sheds some interesting light on Christianity’s relationship with the law (Torah):

Throughout the history of the Christian Church, a great deal of Torah has been taught and practiced,even if done so under a different label. While many sincere Christians may

 

say they have no obligation to obey the Torah, in reality they live out

many Torah commandments as a matter of obedience toGod. In this regard, their actions speak louder than their words. In Matthew 23, our Master reproves some of the Pharisees for neglecting the weightier matters of Torah while focusing on the minutiae oftithing herbs. He describes the weightier matters of the Torah as “justice, mercy, and faithfulness.”Clearly there are many Christians who excel in matters of justice, mercy, and faithfulness. My own father was such a person. Though he held a fairly typical Christian view of the Torah, his life remains a high watermark of holiness for me. He was careful with his tongue and meticulous in his financial dealings.

He was kind to all, giving aid to the poor and the widows. He reverenced God in his daily living and took every opportunity to share the Gospel. And though he gave his life to serve others as a humble shepherd of souls, he never neglected his family. He was a faithful husband and a good father. In other words, his life exemplified the “weightier matters of the Torah,” and so have many Christians throughout the centuries.

Makes sense to me. On James Pate’s blog I have said that “Jesus (Y’shua) for justification, the Torah for sanctification.”  I know some want to sing the portion of Pink’s lyrics of her new song “So What”, “Na na na na na/I wanna start a fight/Na na na na na/I wanna start a fight”  (told you that this is a hot topic for some) but James took a more Mr.Spock “highly logical” respone by saying,

I’m wondering, though, what justification and sanctification are. Don’t get me wrong–I’ve read my share of Protestant evangelical literature, and I know how they define them. But what I see when I read the New Testament and early Christian literature is that we still need to ask for forgiveness. Some of it suggests that we have to keep repenting and living a holy life in order to enter the good afterlife. Barnabas talks about giving alms for atonement.


In light of all this, I wonder why Christ came to die, if there are other means for atonement (confession). And, if Christ’s death accomplished what a lot of evangelicals claim–I’m righteous in God’s sight and guaranteed for the good afterlife–then why do I need to keep on seeking forgiveness, or why can certain works of the flesh bar me from the kingdom of God?

James view deserves more attention on another post but here is the link  to Tim Hegg’s article. You might not agree with everything but I hope it will in some way make you think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

p://www.torahresource.com/EnglishArticles/2000Years.pdf