March 23, 2006

Dear Penthouse: I was sitting at home watching a video of terrorists beheading a hostage, when all of a sudden...

nC3gLtq.jpg I'm finding a lot of great material for my book on Christian pop culture, most of which I'm dutifully saving for the book. But I just came across something that made even my jaded jaw drop, and that I am compelled to share in advance. Please open to page one of Sex and the Supremacy of Christ by John Piper:

There is a connection between the beheadings of Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong and Nick Berg and Paul Johnson and Kenneth Bigley in Iraq, and this book on Sex and the Supremacy of Christ.

I look at them and I see their hands and their eyes. And I think of my hands and my eyes and my death and my faith. And then I hear the words of Jesus put it all in perspective, and in relation to sex.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.” (Matthew 5:27-30)

In other words, there is something far more important than to keep your eye or your hand—or your head—namely, to receive eternal life and not to perish in hell. And Jesus links it with the war that we are waging not in Iraq but in our hearts. And the issue is sexual desire and what we do with it.

Yes, the important thing here is to hope that Nick Berg never masturbated. And they say we're obsessed with sex!

Posted by Daniel Radosh


So, he's saying that Nick Berg and the others were beheaded to help them to go to heaven? Very kind of those terrorists.

What Piper generously glosses over, of course, is that even if Berg was the most sexually pure man on earth, he's still going to hell, because, you know: Jew.

Oh yeah, that. Big problem Because what can you amputate to take away that sin?

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