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Only Two Religions 6 - Pagan Sexuality

Heritage Presbyterian Church
Adult Sunday School

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Only Two Religions 6 - Pagan Sexuality

  1. 1. P e t e r J o n e s Director of truthXchange A Worldview & Culture Teaching Series by Ligonier Ministries Adult Sunday School Summer 2019
  2. 2. Lesson Slide 6 2 Pagan Sexuality The Big Question How can we make sense of the breakneck spiritual and social changes happening right now in our culture? and How should Christians respond?
  3. 3. Lesson Slide 6 3 Pagan Sexuality Lessons in the Series 1. Explaining Modern Culture 2. The Rise & Fall of Secular Humanism 3. Carl Jung’s Alternative Spirituality 4. Paganism in the Shadows 5. Paganism in the Spotlight 6. Pagan Sexuality 7. From Personal Spirituality to Worldview 8. Where Is Society Headed? 9. Unbiblical Responses 10.Articulating a Biblical Worldview 11.Living in Holiness 12.Thinking with a Discerning Mind
  4. 4. Lesson Slide 6 4 Pagan Sexuality Lesson Introduction • Together with the radical spiritual changes that took place in the 1960s, there was a sexual revolution • Christian notions of sexuality were jettisoned in favor of pagan ideals that sought to eliminate gender distinctions and any idea of right or wrong with regard to sexuality • In this lecture, you will see the origin, nature, and character of this sexual revolution, and you will better understand why it has and continues to be such a powerful force in modern culture
  5. 5. Lesson Slide 6 5 Pagan Sexuality Scripture Reading • For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done… For those who are self- seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek. Romans 1:26-28; 2:8-9
  6. 6. Lesson Slide 6 6 Pagan Sexuality Teaching Objectives 1. To explain the liberation of sexuality that occurred during the twentieth century 2. To show how sexual liberation has been promoted by the most influential in society 3. To demonstrate the radical contrast between pagan oneist and Christian twoist views of sexuality
  7. 7. Lesson Slide 6 7 Pagan Sexuality Watch Lecture 6
  8. 8. Lesson Slide 6 8 Pagan Sexuality A Sexual Tsunami • Experimentation with radical sexual activities based on Jung’s theories of the human being as made up of both an animus (the male element) and the anima (the female element) • Jung and his followers were determined to have “the courage to sin” for our psychological and spiritual health • Jung and his followers realized the challenge to bring about the spiritual and sexual liberation they were already enjoying into a culture that was still under the influence of Christian public morality “The ethical problem of sexual freedom is really enormous and worth the sweat of all noble souls. But 2000 years of Christianity can only be replaced by something equivalent, an irresistible mass movement.” ~ Carl Jung
  9. 9. Lesson Slide 6 9 Pagan Sexuality Liberated Heterosexuality • The Christian notion of sexual restraint out of respect for creational boundaries—and the Creator’s revealed will—became identified as psychologically repressive and unhealthy • The exploration and satisfaction of sexual desires began to be seen as intrinsic to one’s personal identity and growth • Insistence on the liberating power of fantasy as the tool to disintegrate the whole social structure organized around the monogamic and patriarchal family • Idea of unlimited sex as a human right • Alfred Kinsey, sex researcher • Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine
  10. 10. Lesson Slide 6 10 Pagan Sexuality Liberated Homosexuality • A building revolution encapsulated in the Gay Liberation Front Manifesto “Equality is never going to be enough; what is needed is a total social revolution, a complete reordering of civilization. Reform…cannot change the deep-down attitude of straight people that homosexuality is at best inferior to their own way of life, at worst a sickening perversion. It will take more than reform to change this attitude, because it is rooted in our society’s most basic institution—the Patriarchal Family.” • Intention to establish homosexuals as a victimized minority in order to • “convert the average American’s emotion, mind and will through a planned psychological attack in the form of propaganda fed to the nation via the media…using the mechanism of prejudice to our own ends—using the very processes that made America hate us to turn their hatred into warm regard.” ~ Kirk & Johnson, After the Ball
  11. 11. Lesson Slide 6 11 Pagan Sexuality Liberated Homosexuality “If we do our job right, we’re going to raise a generation of kids who do not believe the claims of the religious right.” ~ Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), 1999 conference • Strategy to shift public opinions is a stunning success • Support gays and lesbians as a victimized minority • Shame biblical Christians as bigoted and intolerant • (As of 2014) Speed of attitude changes toward homosexuality • Agree gay couples should be allowed to marry • 12% (1988), 28% (1996), 52% (2013), ?? (2019) • Accept homosexuality as normal, approving of marriage equality • 74% (those born between 1980-2000) • 80% (Catholic students) • 44% (young evangelicals)
  12. 12. Lesson Slide 6 12 Pagan Sexuality Sexuality Without Boundaries • Intersexual or hermaphrodite • Transsexual • Transvestite • Drag queen and king • Transgenderist or bigenderist • Androgyne • Heterosexual • Homosexual • Bisexual • Fetish people • Autoerotic • Asexual • Pansexual • Pedophile • Queer theory insists that all sexual behaviors and identities, and all categories of normative and deviant sexualities, are social constructs, rejecting the idea that sexuality is determined by biology or judged by eternal standards of morality and truth. A proposed non-hierarchical paradigm:
  13. 13. Lesson Slide 6 13 Pagan Sexuality Oneist Spirituality & Sexuality • The sexual agenda of Hollywood and the media is just a visible symbol of a powerful, century-long deconstruction of the Christian worldview and its replacement with a pagan Oneist cosmology • Sexuality is a (the?) sacrament of Oneist spirituality, most purely embodied in the ideal of androgyny—the conflation of male and female genders in one person • “The androgyne participates consciously in the evolutionary process, redesigning the individual…society and…planet.” ~ June Singer, Androgyny: Toward a New Theory of Sexuality • Androgynous priests were associated with the Sumerian cult of Ishtar, the Canaanite cult of Anat, and the Roman-era cult of Cybele • “The archetype of androgyny appears in us as an innate sense of…and witness to…the primordial cosmic unity—that it, it is the sacrament of monism [i.e., Oneism], functioning to erase distinction…[This was] nearly totally expunged from the Judeo- Christian tradition.” ~ June Singer
  14. 14. Lesson Slide 6 14 Pagan Sexuality Why Do We Celebrate? • Why do we openly celebrate what we would have shamed in previous generations? • The change in our attitudes is best explained by the direct expression of the resurgence of an ancient, yet still powerful, Oneist worldview behind many of today’s excesses • This is a contrary worldview, with its close connection between spirituality and sexuality, that the Bible understands very well
  15. 15. Lesson Slide 6 15 Pagan Sexuality Biblical Sexuality & Spirituality • Sexual sin is indeed an issue of immoral behavior • But it is even more an expression of a religious commitment, even if many do not realize it • Sexual inversion of the created order is an embodied manifestation of Oneist worship and cosmology • Homosexual behavior is religious, described clearly in Romans 1:26-27 as the worship of creation in place of the worship of God the Creator • Sexuality and spirituality inevitably meet; they are not watertight compartments of human reality, but are intertwined aspects of the image of God
  16. 16. Lesson Slide 6 16 Pagan Sexuality Mark These Words • If in your heart and mind you collapse God and creation, good and evil, you will eventually collapse male and female in a physical expression of your religious reality, and—in good Jungian thinking— liberate your subconscious fantasies • If you view marriage as primarily about mutual love and voluntary commitment, undergirded by personal expression and self-affirmation, you have no inherent limit on what, who, or how many can be married—for why limit an important aspect of human self- realization to one man and woman, or to only two consenting adults?
  17. 17. Lesson Slide 6 17 Pagan Sexuality Study Question Answers 1. The next step in the liberation of sexuality is to establish the dominance of the female sex. False 2. Jung’s followers argued that Christian notions of sexual constraint were harmful to one’s psychological health. 3. Queer theory insists that the most fulfilling relationships are homosexual in nature. True 4. Mircea Eliade showed that throughout time and space, leaders of pagan cults are often homosexual shamans. 5. Jung believed that doing evil could have a beneficial effect on the personality by freeing the psyche from one-sidedness and putting one back in touch with one’s instinctual being. True
  18. 18. Lesson Slide 6 18 Pagan Sexuality Discussion Questions 1. Many today claim that Christian ideas of sexual restraint are psychologically damaging. How can Christians respond to such claims? How can they challenge those who have opposing opinions on sexuality? 2. Dr. Jones argues that pagan notions of sexuality have been promoted in many sectors of modern culture. Where have you seen this to be especially the case? What is an appropriate Christian response? 3. How does the pagan view of sexuality relate to the pagan view of all reality? 4. Explain the modern push for same-sex marriage in light of the material from this lecture.
  19. 19. Lesson Slide 6 19 Pagan Sexuality Next Lesson The new humanity, trusted to save us, is based on the Lie. To this seductive falsehood our modern culture is being given over for its inevitable undoing, both present and future (Rom 1:28; 2:8-9).
  20. 20. Lesson Slide 6 20 Pagan Sexuality Resources by Peter Jones • Only Two Religions (study guide) • Only Two Religions (evangelism tool) • (website) • (website) • The Other Worldview (book) • The Pagan Heart of Today’s Culture (booklet)