A Christian Sex Ethic

It was with great interest and appreciation that we read Tim Stafford’s CT Institute article, “Great Sex: Reclaiming a Christian Sexual Ethic” (Oct. 2). It evidences a good grasp of biblical teaching and mature logic in application. It is refreshing after reading and hearing the teaching of many Bible teachers who seem bent on finding ways to accommodate those who have only self-interest at heart. I am going to file this article for future reference.

ARLIE D. RAUCH

Columbus, Neb.

Stafford’s article for the most part met an acute need in the body of Christ. Unfortunately, the section on masturbation failed to take into account such biblical passages as Leviticus 15:16 and 22:4. Such passages do not explicitly declare masturbation as sin, but they do point to God’s displeasure at such action.

CRAIG DRESSLER

Portland, Oreg.

A fine article by Stafford—but the bibliography by Cook and Grenz proved to be typically Protestant: Only one reference addresses celibacy. Do we have to leave this area of Christian experience primarily to Catholic spirituality? Isn’t it high time evangelical Protestants began celebrating celibacy?

DOUGLAS FOSTER

Missoula, Mont.

Politicizing the judiciary

Charles Colson’s column “Why Roast Bork?” [Oct. 2] misses half the problem. Colson complains that senators’ opposition, for ideological reasons, to President Reagan’s nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court threatens the Constitution’s balance of powers. But Reagan obviously chose Bork on ideological grounds, and nominations made on a transparently ideological basis invite opposition in kind. Colson is right to deplore the politicization of ...

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