Sunday, July 8, 2012

At the Risk of Offending...

There are so many things I wish to talk about but I fear offending.

There are many things bothering me. Does anyone want to hear complaints?

However, one thing I can no longer keep my mouth shut about is the of reading 50 Shades of Gray by Christian women. It has been touted as "housewife porn." From what I know of it, that is exactly what it is; porn.

God tells us in His word "...among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people." (Ephesians 5:3)

Again, "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry." (Colossians 3:5)

This doesn't leave any room for interpretation other than this book is pornography and not to be consumed by the believer. Wake up, sisters! Do not be a part of this world. We are meant for something greater. This is spiritual warfare and we must not relent in this battle. Speak up!

That's all I have to say on that subject.

19 comments:

  1. Well said Gail, I have not read any of the book, but I am sick of hearing about it.

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    1. The devil has a strong hold on this world, Nita.

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    2. Yes, he does, but his time is limited

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  2. I appreciate you posting this. I had started reading the series because it was recommended by a Christian friend. I'd heard about it and thought, well, if she's reading it maybe it isn't that bad. I put it down and haven't picked it up again. I have offended people when I criticize it but I don't care. It's not even good writing. Harder for me but along the same lines, I've had to turn down going to see Magic Mike as well. Another battle that many Christian women are fighting.
    Thanks for the encouragement to stand strong for Christ!

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    1. Magic Mike, too! Thank you so much for your comments, Bethie. You have encouraged me.

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  3. I haven't heard of this book, Gail and it sounds like I am not missing much. I trust your judgement and I think you read alot of books if I am correct. I love to read but don't make the time to read too many books. I say that because I know if I wanted to read more I would find the time, but would rather have my camera in hand. When I do read a book it must be of the highest quality. There is one book I do make time to read and that is God's Word. We do need to read the Bible for it is our Spiritual Food. God help us as Christians to study to show ourselves approved, and to guide us in every area of our lives.

    My advice to those who read garbage is to stop,repent, and for goodness sakes, "Take out the garbage". Need I say more.
    Way to go Gail.
    Have a great week and God Bless you
    Dianne :)

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    1. I am in agreement with you, Dianne!

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  4. The reality is when you have strong morals and values your beliefs will offend others. It's sad how twisted and backwards people's views have become these days, when young men and women are made to feel like freaks if they wait to have sex until marriage. When you and your daughters are the only one at the pool in a one piece bathing suit. When every song on the radio has a swear word and is extremely sexually explicit. When a popular book that everyone is reading is in reality pornography.

    I've learned over time (thank goodness) not to be so judgemental, but at the same time I don't feel bad in standing up for what I believe. We are all entitled to believe what we want no matter how many people agree or don't agree with us.

    Don't ever apologize for your viewpoint. It may not seem like it but there are many of us with the same opinion.

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    1. Marie, I don't really care if this post offends. There are so many things I don't post, however, because they may offend. I weigh it all very carefully.

      I love that you insist on modesty. I have never been able to comfortably show cleavage and it seems to be natural for so many women!

      We do live in a depraved world and people like us have to hold ourselves to a higher standard.

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    2. It is very easy to offend without meaning too and never finding out why

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  5. I honestly have no clue what you're talking about. I couldn't make head nor tail of it. But I see others have mentioned in their comments you're speaking about a book. Well as you know, I am an avid reader, and I haven't heard ANYTHING of this book, in real life or on the web. How did you hear about the book in the first place? Did you buy the book? Well you see now that you've bought it to my attention it's only natural I want to go see what the fuss is all about. Seems Nita is aware of this book also.

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    1. Kerrie, this book is all the rage with women here. I heard about it from other women and the media. No, I did not buy the book. I rarely buy books as I am a library patron. Unless I am going to refer to it often, I don't purchase.

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    2. Yes I am aware of this book, because in England you cannot help but be. But I will not be flicking through it, let alone reading it.

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  7. Hey Gail! I've missed you! It's been sad being away from blogging for so long :( How have you been? I hope you are well!

    I read this book a few weeks ago while I was feeling ill. It had been recommended so much, though nobody had told me what it was about and so I bought it having had no idea at all! I was totally shocked by it and by the fact that in addition to how graphic it is, in my opinion, it's fairly poorly written too. And on top of that, it's so degrading. I'm not really much of a feminist, but it really got to me how sexist it was - and not just in the 'pornographic' parts. In every way, the female protagonist was quite happy to be - I guess ruled over? - by the man (I'm having trouble finding the words, but I'm sure you know what I mean - it felt so much like it was promoting men being stronger than women and that felt really wrong). It surprised me to learn that it was written by a woman. I'm so glad you're speaking your mind :) I hope my comment made sense!

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    1. Your comment makes complete sense, Nikki. Thank you for your support.

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  8. Hi Gail, Thanks for your message on Nita's blog post today. I don't get around to visit blogs often these days, so it was indeed lucky that I did see your message. I left a reply on Nita's blog for you, but then I thought you many not see that. Hehe.... Anyway, my blog was closed to EVERYONE while I was doing some maintenance. Thanks for asking about me, also for your care and concern and sorry for any inconvience and or frustration it may have caused you. God bless! xoxo Kerrie

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  9. Hi Gail,

    Just passing through to wish you a happy week. The title of this post, is so appropriate at the moment. It seems everything I do at the moment, risks offending. Ah well, not to worry, because it doesn't do any good anyway.

    Thanks for all your visits and encouragement



    God Bless Nita

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  10. I've not read the book. I don't think it sounds too interesting. I really don't find it offensive. I'm not a religious person so I never really looked at it from the aspect of it being against God.
    Say what you feel, Gail. It's your blog.

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