theological answers to sexual addiction?

Is it possible that there are real theological answers to sexual addiction? One guy that has dealt with addiction at great length is Ed Welch. He says that all addictions are worship disorders. My pastor Tal has echoed this sentiment and he deals with addicts on a consistent basis.

But theology seems to be in the land of navel gazing more than it is in the land of the real, the practical, and the desperate, right?

Could there really be biblical answers to the problems of everyday life that do not read like a hallmark card?

Could there be theological answers to sexual addiction?

4 responses to “theological answers to sexual addiction?”

  1. I will be following this, good luck.

  2. “Theology seems to be in the land of navel gazing…” — that’s it! I knew a guy in Bible college that illustrated the tendency for systematic theology as a theological “Table of Elements”. In an attempt to understand God and the Gospel, we have reduced the awesome reality of His Eternal Presence to a box of systems so we can understand it–gain a grasp of it. Understandably so, perhaps, as this is due to the Western though of Modernity.

    In specific response to this post, you ask, “Could there be theological answers to sexual addiction?” The question you ask is extraordinarily involved in answering–so much so, I already have a draft written up to tackle this very question. To give you a quick summary of my approach, I think our spiritual desires are sensually related, and our human sexuality seeks to meet that among a few other insatiable desires sought only through the world’s broken system.

    1. Christopher-

      I love the angle of wholeness you draw out in your response. It is an ancient battle we are fighting to see our whole selves redeemed and re-worked into the image of Christ. Our sexuality is one of those areas that we have neglected to see in the light of the gospel- all we can say is “no sex before marriage”- does this encapsulate the purposes of God in glorifying his gospel and Christ’s love through our bodies? There is so much in the gospel that we have left untapped. The good news is that he is always here offering us a fresh taste.

      Glad to have you aboard!

  3. Theology is only ‘navel-gazing’ when you call what can be learned from books and in seminary ‘theology.’ Having a theology degree means absolutely nothing in comparison with real theology, which is not the fruit of intellectual pursuit, but only the victory that comes from defeat in the struggle against the world, our sin, and the devil. Here’s what I mean…

    Looking again at you with prayer, brother. Have a good day, because as He says, ‘it is very good’ (Genesis, chapter 1, here and there).

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