A year after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, we have a carefully considered response to our culture’s sexual ethics: Matthew Rueger’s Sexual Morality in a Christless World. Rueger demonstrates how Christians have been countercultural since the beginning, contrasting Christian views on sex with the Roman and Jewish cultures. An analysis of specific Bible passages that have guided Christian thought and practice demonstrates how biblical sexual morality, being both compassionate and Christ-centered, affects real people. Rueger continues by answering common secular objections and concludes with various arguments to make the case for the biblical understanding of human sexuality.
In the following excerpt, Rueger provides a marvelous explication of the much misunderstood term eunuch, giving us a Christian answer for those who have been led to question their own sexuality in light of the tremendous pressure placed upon them by society. [Read more…] about An Excerpt from Sexual Morality in a Christless World
Matthew Rueger offers an honest and refreshing apologetic to the issue of sexual morality in his book, Sexual Morality in a Christless World. As we live in a culture that seems to be ever increasing its hostility toward Christianity, Dr. Rueger gently reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun. Throughout his book, Rueger equips and encourages Christians to defend their biblical beliefs, however unpopular and contrary to pop culture they might be, and to do so remembering that faithful Christians have been doing the same for thousands of years.
Check out our Q&A with Dr. Rueger below.
In an age of compromise, it is refreshing to read a work that takes a firm stand on a controversial topic. This book is both faithful to Scripture and pastoral in its approach. Although the sin of homosexuality is clearly described as contrary to God’s will, the presentation of the Gospel is applied clearly and powerfully in a way that should bring comfort and hope to the repentant. I pray that it will be widely read. It will offer clarity to many who want to believe the truth but don’t always know how to defend it.
—Rev. Daniel Preus, DD
Third Vice President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
President of the Luther Academy Board of Directors
The long run of conservative morality in this country that has been shaped by Christian ethics is coming to an end. In a wonderful, biblically faithful way, Rueger shows what it means to be a confessing Christian in the twenty-first century as he turns our attention to the bold witness of the first-century Christians who stood out among a promiscuous society and turned the world to the Gospel. This book will help those suffering under sexual confusion with a biblical sexual morality that is both compassionate and Christ-centered.
—Rev. Gary W. Zieroth, DMin
Senior Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, Chaska, MN
Adjunct Professor, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN
Interim Director, PALS (Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support)