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    2 1 2 StarsThis book has some good information and interesting things to ponder, however when I look at the nine questions I am confused Driscoll says that these are the most asked questions, even if this is true that doesn t mean that they should all be put together in the same book Many of the topics would be interesting to a new believer or young believer such as Grace, Faith and Works, Sexual Sin, and Dating Other topics such as The emerging Church, Predestination, and The Regulative Principle, are advanced and would only interest make sense to older mature believer Then we have Birth Control which many would consider a hot button topic and Humor which I believe was only included because a Driscoll wants to show off how funny he is b Driscoll thinks he is really funny but is tired of people being offended Mark Driscoll, you are sincerely unfunny Please just stop.Right off the bat Driscoll starts with the hot button issue I liked hearing about the ancient history of birth control and all the weird things people used to shove up into themselves but I disagreed with a large point that he made and this set me up to be somewhat touchy for the remainder of the book.With this topic Driscoll quotes scripture, admits that there is no straight forward biblical answer and then just gives his opinion as law The big example of this is with whether or not it is okay for a married couple to choose to NOT have a child Most certainly there are sinful people who use birth control for a variety of reasons, including greed they want to make as much money as possible without the responsibilities or costs of childbearing selfishness they have no desire to undertake the work involved in lovingly raising a child an biblical view of children as a burden instead of a blessing and an irresponsible lifestyle they refuse to grow up and assume adult responsibilities Examples of when it is godly to use birth control include working on a very troubled marriageserious health troublescancer Yet the author agrees, using Gen 1 28, that to turn a blessing into a command is legalism but within the same paragraph says that Christian couples should desire and pursue children Why The connection is not made and that is a pretty huge statement to make.He does something similar when discussing dating Because the Bible repeatedly states that the husband is to be the loving and leading head of the family, any romantic relationship should begin with the man taking initiative to kindly and respectfully request an opportunity to get to know the woman better No the verses you use to back yourself up are talking about wives and husbands not singles These are just two instances but there are They stand out because many of his other points are so well supported and researched You can t just say something and not back it up or use verses that have no connection to the point you are making.Overall, the book is not a waste I enjoyed the chapter on Predestination the best since I found it to be very thought provoking However, I walked away from this book with a slight dislike for the author He seemed somewhat arrogant at times and I do not appreciate unsupported claims and contradictions I find that the amount of research is not consistent Either you have a book that provides a scholarly researched examination of the Bible or you provide opinion essays, this in between state does not work for me My verdict is to skip this read and instead seek out books on the topics you are interested in.


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    I seriously question Driscoll s theological capabilities after his first response, opposing the regulative principle, was full of so many misconceived statements I couldn t finish this.His response to people thinking about the regulative principle was essentially you re either an obscure presbyterian group or perhaps a seminary student who is spending too much time in books by old dead people and needs to get a life And then quotes from NT Wright and John Frame to support his view _


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    Three years ago, Mark Driscoll the pastor of Seattle s Mars Hill Church asked church members and Internet voters to submit questions they would like to have answered He was inspired to do this while preaching through 1 Corinthians, a letter in which Paul is answering questions asked by Christians in the city of Corinth After nearly 900 questions were submitted and over 300,000 votes cast, Driscoll was able to sort the questions into broader categories, and narrow these categories down to the nine most requested.Driscoll s answers to these questions first became a sermon series which you can watch or listen to online here , and then were fleshed out fully in this book I watched this sermon series about a year ago and thought it was quite good Driscoll gave thorough and thoughtful answers to some very difficult questions, delivered in his characteristically engaging style I expected to just skim the book, figuring it would basically be a transcription of the sermons Was I ever wrong I was not prepared for the depth of the book, which included far material, and was, to me at least, even better than the sermons.The nine categories questions are Birth Control There s no doubt the Bible says children are a blessing, but the Bible doesn t seem to address the specific topic of birth control Is this a black and white topic, or does it fall under liberties Humor Why do you make jokes about Mormon missionaries, homosexuals, trenchcoat wearers, single men, vegans, emo kids and then expect these groups to come to know God in the same sermon Predestination Why does an all loving, all knowing, and all sovereign God will into creation people He foreknows will suffer eternal condemnation Why does Romans 9 20 feel like a cop out answer Grace Of all the things you teach, what parts of Christianity do you still wrestle with What s hardest for you to believe Sexual Sin How should Christian men and women go about breaking free from the bondage of sexual sin Faith Works If salvation is by faith alone Romans 3 28 , then why are there so many verses that say or imply the opposite, namely that salvation is by works James 2 24, Matthew 6 15 7 21, Galatians 5 19 21 Dating How does a Christian date righteously and what are the physical, emotional, and mentally connecting boundaries a Christian must set while developing an intimate relationship prior to marriage Emerging Church What can traditional established churches learn from emerging churches Regulative Principle Do you believe that the Scripture not only regulates our theology but also our methodology In other words, do you believe in the regulative principle If so, to what degree If not, why not While in a book like this different chapters will appeal to varying degrees to each reader, there is definitely something here for everyone In fact, there is probably much here for readers than they might initially expect For instance, as a married man, I did not expect to find much of particular interest or value to me in the chapter on Dating , but found myself drawn very much into it Driscoll has a way of making each topic seem relevant and important to each reader.There really are no weak chapters in this book, though they vary widely in style and substance I particularly enjoyed his examination of the Emerging Church a difficult and often divisive topic due to the variety of theologies and methodologies employed by emerging churches of which Driscoll has a rather unique perspective, given his former involvement with the Leadership Network and the early days of the Emergent Village.For many, the term Regulative Principle is likely unfamiliar However, a church s position with regard to this principle whether using that term or not has major implications on the life of the church and the style and form of worship there Driscoll s treatment of the subject is the best I ve read, and avoids the extremes of this debate in favor of what I believe to be a biblical middle ground.If you have even so much as a passing interest in any of the topics addressed in this book, I heartily recommend it I can pretty much guarantee that you ll learn something new, and probably have a good time in the process.


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    Religion Saves And Nine Other Misconceptions was originally based on 9 sermons that Pastor Mark Driscoll preached to his congregation at Mars Hill Church The congregation voted on the issues that Driscoll would preach on so the questions were supposedly what was on the mind of the participants of the church.Being that this is the case, the book is mostly incoherent and certainly lacks any kind of overarching theme Even the theme of religion saves which Driscoll would take to mean as good works helping an individual attain salvation is not even a common theme The nine issues that Driscoll tackles include birth control, humor what is a Christian sense of humor , predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, the emerging church, and the regulative principle As one can see, a lot of these topics revolve around guy girl relationship issues with an ultra bizarre, number one voted on, regulative principle discussion who cares.That being said, there are some interesting points in the book Predestination my seem like a tired Christian topic but Driscoll gives a decent overview of the issue which may whet a reader s appetite for a thorough discussion Driscoll s strength is probably discussing the issue of faith and works and he argues strongly for a salvific perspective of faith in Christ alone, not by works The most interesting chapter to me was his discussion of the emerging church since this is a relatively new phenomena Driscoll used to be a part of this movement but broke off because of the compromises on major doctrinal issues of some of the founders He breaks down the movement and expresses some of its problems related to Scripture.The humor chapter of the book is disappointing and amounts to Driscoll defending his comments and jokes related to him being viewed widely as a punk He attempts to justify these jokes by saying that Christians should be funny and therefore are OK to make fun of people including homosexuals and Mormons The chatper on the regulative principle seems pointless and is boring.If people are a fan of Driscoll, they will probably mildly like this book It is by no means his best.


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    You either like Mark Driscoll or you don t It s as simple as that I like him.Of course, Mark has mellowed with age maturity he s still willing to make all kinds of jokes asides that you normally wouldn t hear coming from a typical pastor, but the comments opinions are tempered with humility grace Mark has an esp nice chapter in RELIGION SAVES on his use of humor that helps clear up a lot of things At the same time, he is profoundly Biblical in his theology teaching.The only complaint I have about this book is that it doesn t seem to hang together very well It s really 9 very good essays on a variety of tough questions which vary in nature from theological to relational back again Don t let that stop you from reading it, though It s well worth your time effort.In my opinion, Mark is at his strongest when commenting on contemporary culture from a Biblical perspective which means the chapters on sexual relational issues are very good He also does an incredibly gracious yet pointed job of trying to explain the whole emerging Emergent missional church mess.


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    In Religion Saves, Driscoll answers the top 9 questions that were asked in a survey for a preaching series at Mars Hill The result is an eclectic mix of topics ranging from sex and dating, to the doctrine of grace, to birth control, to the emerging church Driscoll s responses are pretty much what you d predict as a Reformed conservative, but he is well read and most of the discussion has depth I don t agree with all his conclusions, but agree with than not.Mars Hill is a young church both the age of the church, and the average age of attendees , and this would be a great book for Christians in their late teens to mid to late twenties In fact, I d almost call it compulsory reading Most of the topics are relevant and important However, the discussion is very frank in places, and I wouldn t recommend it for younger teens who may have been a bit sheltered.I listened to the audio book which is narrated by Driscoll The content really lends itself to this format and having the author narrate means he can put the emphasis where he intends 4 stars I really like it.


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    Manages to take on weighty issues in a way that is timelessly normed to Christian belief and engaging to contemporary questioners.


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    In general, my view of Mark Driscoll s work is mixed at best However, this book I found to actually be quite useful It has a lot of what people like about Mark Driscoll it s hard hitting, biblically conservative, relevant, and not afraid to question common Christian thought , and it had a lot less of what usually turns me and others of from Mark Driscoll legalism, sloppy and forced exegesis, his elevation of his view of manliness as the highest of virtue.The book is divided into 9 distinct chapters it s essentially 9 separate sermons , each of which deals with a particular topic The nine topics were chosen based on questions sent in by Driscoll s followers, chosen by their vote Therefore, I will give a brief review of each chapter.Chapter 9 Birth control.Gives a good defense of the standard evangelical view regarding birth control using birth control is generally acceptable, but abortion is not.Admittedly, not a lot of scripture came up, but that s usually the case in arguments for any position The Bible doesn t really mention birth control one way or another, although crude methods did exist and were common at the time He does give some useful passages here and there, however For example, he points to numerous passages in Song of Solomon that speak positively of sexual contact other than full, child producing intercourse He also points to passages like 1 Corinthians 7 5, which, in a nutshell, teaches that married people should be having sex often, with no qualification given for infertile couples.He also looks at important issues that revolve around birth control, such as the heart behind Selfishness is never godly, so the reasons why a couple might use birth control matters Stuff like that makes this a very useful chapter as well.Interesting factoids also enrich this chapter I had no idea until reading this, for example, that the birth control pill might emphasis on might possibly not only prevent conception, but may cause an abortion of a fertilized egg For this reason, he recommends caution and prayer when considering the use of the pill.He, like many evangelical Christians including myself believe that life begins at conception, and that abortion is wrong accept perhaps in the most extraordinary of circumstances, such as when the mother s life is at stake.Chapter 8 HumorDriscoll addresses the claim that his use of humor and sarcasm in preaching are inappropriate, and attempts to look at what the Bible says.This section, I had mixed feelings about I think the overall point that God Himself doesn t have the Victorian era standards of propriety and what is inappropriate As he points out, while the Bible does say to avoid crude joking and the like, something isn t crude or prohibited by such verses as Ephesians 4 29 and 5 4 just because people don t like it.He points to examples of Jesus using sarcasm and even insults, though always for the purpose of convincing those whose positions He belittles to repent Other Bible authors also use strong and even salty language Paul, who is among the most emphatic about crude joking and the like you d never catch him saying that s what she said unless he was recounting to someone what a woman actually said , says things that many today would call inappropriate He calls his prior religiosity the reek equivalent of the S word in Philippians 3 9 often translated as rubbish or the like He, surely hyperbolically, says that the judaizers who insist that you must be circumcised to be saved, who were leading the Galatians astray, should go castrate themselves Galatians 5 12 Examples that he doesn t point to serve the point quite well If you ve never read what God Himself says in Ezekiel 23 20, do so and see if I m wrong.However, I think some of Driscoll s own commentary can distract form his good points For starters, just because things like sarcasm and the like are used doesn t make the text funny Don t get me wrong, laughter is good But I m not sure a lot the types of examples were meant to actually be humerous And at times, the only thing that would seem funny is his own modern envisioning of it and even then, as I could hear him laughing at his own joke, I didn t laugh He points to Amos 6 4 6, where Amos attacks the rich by pointing to their extravagant lifestyle in contrast to their lack of concern and even outright oppression of the poor He then talks about how the modern equivalent would be Amos talking about the lifestyle of those on MTV s Cribs, and how funny that would be I just don t really find it funny It s not a big deal by any means, but when so much of his point is about how the Bible is supposed to have many funny moments, the fact that these things aren t funny distracts from the actual good points that I mentioned above.Overall, the meat of this chapter it I good, but it gets muddied up a bit.Chapter 7 PredestinationA very touchy topic, but I think he handles it well without stepping on the toes of any reasonable person.I was not a Calvinist prior to reading this though I do tend to kind of lean that way , and I still am not But it framed the case for it well, didn t make any outrageous caricatures of those who disagree, and gave us a lot of good things to think about.It was short, and so many of the biblical arguments against Calvinism weren t really touched upon Also, a few of his passages arguments were circular Even a Calvinist knows that just because a passage mentions the elect, it does not necessarily prove predestination unless you establish that predestination is true and therefore the elect are those who are predestined to be saved.Not a bad section, though it won t change many people s minds Chapter 6 GraceNot a bad section It is spoken from the Calvinist perspective, but it is always good to remember God s grace He does then break down the different kinds of grace, saying that there are 13 kinds of grace that the believer experiences aside from the common grace that God shows to everyone.Nothing bad For some, it might be of use than others.Question 5 Sexual SinI thought, for the most part, this section was really good It managed to strike the difficult balance between taking sexual sin seriously and being legalistic.It is very frank and open, so if that makes you uncomfortable, you shouldn t read it You also shouldn t read the Bible in that case, since it also talks about sex a lot.Just about every important aspect of sexual sin comes into play culture, the heart, sin, repentance, the saving power of Christ He gives some generally quite useful advice as well He emphasizes the evil and sheer destruction of sexual sin He also emphasizes that sex itself, when in the confines of marriage, is a very good thing, not sinful or dirty the way that too many theologians have made it out to be despite what the Bible actually says.I think the last few pages, which are about masturbation, are kind of a weak point in comparison to the rest He does at least point out that the Bible never forbids it and it is not itself sinful, though, quite accurately, he makes the point that it can lead to danger I just wish he hadn t ended it with his 5 practical reasons why it should be avoided He goes as far as suggesting that it might be a type of homosexuality, since you are the same gender as yourself Perhaps he was trying to be funny Still, the section on the whole is definitely worth reading.Question 4 Faith and WorksContent is good, but it takes until the end for him to address the actual question asked.The question asked was this If salvation is by faith alone, then why are there so many verses that say or imply the opposite the salvation is by works In this section, he talks at length about regeneration, how Christ justifies us and the Holy Spirit reforms us and gives us new hearts etc Only at the end does he even address the question, explaining how it is because we are saved that we do the good works in passages like James 2 24 26, and not the other way around Theologically I think that his answer is fine, but it probably would have served to explain how what he was going to argue would address the question asked.Question 3 Dating.I expected Driscoll to lose me here, but while he is a bit old fashioned and very much into courtship under the perview of the parents if they are Christians , he was balanced and not particularly legalistic.I did take some issue with the things that he said The way he interprets 1 Corinthians 7 and how Paul speaks so highly of singleness, I really felt, kind of tried to get around it He is right to point to contextual factors, such as how it was written to them in a time of turmoil, but a lot of his points about how singleness is great aren t unique to the Corinthians in that time Jesus Himself says to His disciples that some do stay single for the purpose of the kingdom of God, and that those who can accept it should Matthew 19 12 While Driscoll does point to extreme examples where it is good to stay single like a missionary in a closed Muslim country whose life is in constant danger , I don t think he gives enough credit to the idea of some Christians staying single It is good that he rebuts the unbiblical idea that marriage is bad put forth, unfortunately, by many influent Christians throughout history , but he swings too far in the other direction He takes for granted that marriage is not simply a right of all believers, but something that generally is to be expected of them.There are many good parts of this chapter, however I especially thought that his 7 dating questions for men and for women were quite good I am especially glad that one of them was, put somewhat brusquely, is she a b tch is he an a hole On TV and in real life, we see way too many people who get married to terrible people who treat them badly Asking yourself how they treat you while you are dating and if you want to be treated that way or, probably worse for the rest of your life is something anyone should be able to recognize as sure wisdom.Question 2 The Emerging ChurchThis chapter is largely focused on the Emergent Church, as other forms of emerging church movements don t differ theologically from traditional Christianity.He looks at a number of Emergent Church leaders, including the now infamous Rob Bell, and the less than savory beliefs they espouse I thought at times he really drove the point home well as was the case with Brian McLaren , and at other times, left me wondering if they were saying what Driscoll was saying that they were saying.Question 1 The Regulative PrincipleI, like most readers, had no idea what this was until I read this chapter Basically, it s just another name for the idea, furthered by the puritans and also by a lot of Church of Christ churches today that what we do in church must be commanded in scripture, or else it is sin It s the reason why many Church of Christ churches, for example, don t use musical instruments They aren t commanded in the Bible for worship, so they are sinful Well, I mean, they are commanded on many occasions, but it s in the Old Testament, so it doesn t count Anyway, he concisely points out the numerous logical issues with taking to worship in this way, and I think he does a god job of it.I was a little unsure of what to think of the beginning, when he talked about what worship is and what it isn t He shows a little bit of his Mark Driscollesque legalism when he says that in corporate worship, you shouldn t sing songs about what you will do for God because they are not God centered a principle of what worship is supposed to be, he says In other words, it is bad not because it violates the rule of an actual passage, but because it violates a principle that he pulls from the scripture even though I m not sure how it even does that And in worship, the sermon will be all about what God does and what God is doing, he says So, are sermons based on God s word that attempt to persuade people to take Godly action not allowed It could be that he just means that those aren t actual worship, not that they are wrong in church services, but he speaks rather negatively of them, so I don t know.The main point though, about how the regulative principle is abused and cannot be taken to its logical conclusions or fully followed, stands.CONCLUSION I thought that this book addressed some important issues and, in general, gave some very good analysis While the title is misleading almost to the point of not even making sense as many have pointed out already , it still is a very useful resource.


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    I received this audio book years ago from Christian Audio as part of their monthly free audio book For some reason I never listened to it but chose to go through some of the books I had and gave it a listen Mark Driscoll was the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle Washington area When this was written recorded I am sure the church was still very active Within a few years Mr Driscoll would step down from the church because of claims of him bullying staff members The church would at that point close it doors within a month Not having been a member and not knowing much about him, this is all from what I read from sites like Wikipedia I would tend to think it was true based on the tone of this book While in a few places he says this is what I believe, the majority of the book is he way it is, take it or leave it That is where the problem starts because of what this book is supposed to be The theory behind this book is that the church opened up a web site to ask people to post their questions about Christianity and then people could vote on them The top 9 questions questions would get a sermon based on them I find it hard to believe that the number 1 question was about the emergent church, but I will have to take him at his word The topics were wide ranging from sex and birth control to dating to the way churches should be run Through it all Mr Driscoll tells you how it should be While I agree with him on quite a few things, I do not with all So now, am I less a Christian just because I do not agree, or maybe I am not a Christian at all The main problem with a book like this is that it tries to tell you what Christians should be, but in the 2000 years since Christ died, every generation has tried to tell us that Why should his book define it any better than any others In listening to it I felt like I was back in my Catholic days and I was having to take what the Pope said because the Church said he heard from God The recording was OK I have heard much better readings of books than this one Mr Driscoll read it himself I would think that he would have had a better understanding of his book, but often there are pauses where there should not be and where they should be, they are not I cannot not really recommend this book I gave it three stars because the content was for the most part OK The attitude of the author comes through quite clearly.


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    Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA is certainly no stranger to addressing what can be considered some of the controversial religious and cultural topics of our day His forthright style combined with what is clearly a passion for both the unchurched in his area of the country as well as what he would likely label the frozen chosen within the body of Christ, truly makes him a love or hate him type author In his book Religion Saves Nine Other Misconceptions, Driscoll once again dives in to a number of topics that unfortunately for many other Christian authors, have remained somewhat taboo.The first controversial issue Driscoll discusses is that of birth control He does an excellent job of identifying the various methods of birth control, getting past the emotional, often knee jerk reactions many have concerning whether it is righteous for believers to use birth control or not I was pretty fascinated with the history of birth control and the methods used by the ancients to prevent pregnancy Driscoll rightly notes the need for godly wisdom and much prayer for families trying to decide what course to take Of course, Driscoll overwhelmingly denounces abortion as a means of birth control, rightfully labeling it as the sin of murder With that said, other forms of birth control are within the bounds of what can be considered as proper for believers and legalistic approaches such as no birth control ever, while a valid approach, are in the opinion of Driscoll overly legalistic, a position I would tend to agree with.One area where Driscoll has shall we say gotten himself in a bit of hot water with some is in the area of humor He admittedly has a tendency to poke fun at any and all groups of people which for some might seem just a bit over the top and outside the bounds of behavior that is becoming of a pastor For Driscoll, his use of humor is rooted in his mission to both put people in heaven and put the fun back in fundamentalism He also notes his belief that evangelicalism needs a better patron saint than Ned Flanders of The Simpsons fame On many counts, I must admit I have to agree with that assertion It is also important to remember the type of people Driscoll ministers to on a weekly basis on what is often termed as the Left Coast Seattle, WA is not exactly known as a bastion of Christianity in many respects so the indie rockers, hippie types, gays, Mormons and other people groups often form the focus of his ministry and are often the type of people that wander into the various Mars Hills campuses Driscoll reminds the reader that Jesus was not a suit wearing, stuffy preacher who never took time to have a good laugh and at times, to take people to task using descriptions that certainly got a rise out of the recipients After all, how many times have you heard someone called You brood of vipers Jesus quite often poked what could be termed as fun at the Pharisees using them as a teaching lesson in the process Can this be overdone Most certainly it can and some may say that Driscoll sometimes goes a bit too far With that said, it was nevertheless interesting to see the various ways God uses humor throughout Scripture to make some valuable points.Yet another thorny issue, this one an often debated theological topic, is that of predestination If there is one chapter in this book that I would recommend focusing on, it would be this one Even for the most gifted theologian who is well versed in the nuances of this particular doctrine, understanding how and what predestination is all about can be admittedly quite difficult Driscoll does a great job of unpacking this difficult theological truth Helpfully, he provides the reader with the historical background of how the two major approaches to this topic developed in church history This development led to the establishment of what are the two major camps in regards to predestination specifically that of Calvinism and Arminianism, named after John Calvin and Jacob Arminius respectively Throughout this chapter, Driscoll does use some rather heady theological terminology such as infralapsarianism and supralapsarianism say those words ten times fast , however, he adroitly explains those one hundred dollar theological terms in a way all readers will be able to understand Perhaps what I appreciated most about Driscoll s discussion of predestination was his commitment to the use of Scripture to state his case Far too many preachers and theologians refer to the writings of old dead guys Driscoll s term for the great theologians of days gone by in reference to a topic such as predestination While there is nothing wrong with that approach, it is always best to find our instruction on a theological topic from God s Word Driscoll s conclusion to this important chapter was quite wonderful and I appreciated his statement that the predestinating hand of God the Father reaching down to me through Jesus makes me worship him for being such an amazing Dad One final chapter I found truly helpful in this great book is Driscoll s treatment of sexual sin In an age where the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah seem like mere child s play, addressing what sexual sin is and how it should be dealt with from a biblical perspective is desperately needed Unlike the portrayal of sexual deviancy as enjoyable and harmless, Driscoll rightly declares sin leads to sadness, suffering, and ultimately death In noting the horrible impact that pornography has on society at large and individuals who are trapped in that sinful habit, Driscoll aptly notes Pornography has the sad effect of objectifying people, thereby divorcing them from their body and consequently diminishing their dignity as God s image bearers That is a very important statement to grasp Sex outside the bounds of covenant marriage is quite frankly cosmic treason against a holy God It completely twists the design for which God designed that most wonderful intimate activity, the joining of two as one The sidekick of sexual deviancy, namely lust, draws people into various sexual sins, ultimately trapping them in a world that seems right, but whose end is the way of death Driscoll provides a number of biblically rooted ways for people to break free from the bondage of sexual sins, clearly noting that sheer willpower is not enough Only the power of God is sufficient to break the chains of bondage in this area that is gripping so many people in our day and age.I highly recommend Religion Saves Nine Other Misconceptions by Pastor Mark Driscoll The various topics addressed in this book are many that people quite honestly need to read about and are issues which are very important in today s society While people may not totally agree with Driscoll s style of ministry, they will find this book to be extremely timely and helpful and one that is grounded in sound biblical doctrine.


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