Sexual Ethics Reflection

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This assignment is designed to help articulate, with truth and love, a biblical understanding to complex issues in sexual ethics and how this informs ethical decision-making.

In addition to the reading from An Introduction to Biblical Ethics: Walking in the Way of Wisdom, and the “Is God Anti-Gay?” audio interview, you should read Romans 5:12-6:23 and Galatians 5:13-26 in preparation for this assignment, so that you can have in mind key biblical teaching on the Christian life as you write.

Note that you will have the opportunity to reflect and write further on these issues in the Benchmark – Church and Politics Essay assignment that is due in Topic 7. Developing your thoughts carefully here can help you in writing the future assignment.

Your replies should reflect how you would communicate from both a theological and practical viewpoint and should be guided and reflect the considerations in the following areas:

Theological Reflection on Resisting Sin: Consider and be aware of how God has given believers resources to resist sin and grow in holiness. Here you need to refer to Romans 5:12-6:23 and Galatians 5:13-26, along with any other relevant biblical texts you choose to include. To help with this, you might consider questions such as the following:

  1. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in addressing temptation?
  2. How does one’s justification help in one’s pursuit of holiness?
  3. How does one’s union with Christ shape one’s obedience to God?

Theological Reflection on Sexuality: Consider and be aware of God’s design for sexuality in the Bible and then use this biblical view of sexuality to explain the true nature and significance of the temptations that your friend is facing in the following scenarios. To help with this, you might consider questions such as the following:

  1. How do your friend’s habits distort human sexuality?
  2. How do your friend’s habits dehumanize others?
  3. How do your friend’s temptations reveal a misunderstanding of human intimacy and satisfaction in relationships with others?

Practical Advice: Offer some practical, concrete suggestions to your friend. To help with this, you might consider questions such as:

  1. How could your friend organize a schedule to avoid temptation?
  2. How could your friend develop intimacy with others in a healthy manner?
  3. What should your friend do if your friend makes progress but stumbles in sin again?

Each of your responses should be 200-250 words and should include at least three biblical references and any additional references when answering the following questions.

  1. A Christian friend has just told you that he or she views pornography regularly. Your friend confesses to you that he or she does not know how to stop and does not feel motivated to stop. However, your friend admires your spiritual insight and asks for your guidance on this issue.
  2. A Christian friend has just told you that he or she is experiencing a strong temptation to pursue a romantic or sexual relationship with someone of the same sex. Your friend is having difficulty seeing why this would be a problem, especially since it does not seem fair for your friend to be kept from enjoying intimacy with another person like so many others get to enjoy. Before taking the next step, though, your friend comes to you and asks for your guidance on this issue.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.