Love, Sex, Romance, 50 Shades, and Valentine's Day - Radical

Love, Sex, Romance, 50 Shades, and Valentine’s Day


It's no coincidence that 50 Shades of Grey was released the same weekend as Valentine's Day. The cautionary articles below offer different – yet similar – takes on the immorality of 50 Shades and expose the distorted image of love it portrays.

On 50 Shades of Grey

Why "50 Shades" is not the same as biblical submission: "To compare the biblical concept [of submission] to the perversions of 50 Shades is either highly dishonest or severely misinformed." – Denny Burk

Celebrate Valentine's Day by Fighting for Purity (and Not Watching 50 Shades of Grey): "The kind of sexual immorality that will be depicted in Fifty Shades hurts people, literally and physically." – Heath Lambert

The best kept secret behind "50 Shades of Grey": this pop-culture phenomenon reveals a problem even bigger than the book’s content: Many women are dissatisfied. And they still haven’t found what they’re looking for." – Katie McCoy

50 Shades of Nay: Sin is a Needle, Not a Toy: "Before you buy a ticket and some popcorn — or before you talk to a friend who wants to read the books or see the movie — I want to put ten of God’s promises before you." – Marshall Segal

No Grey Area: "If the church cannot extend grace to sexual sinners, we’ve lost the heart of the gospel. And if we cannot tell people to stay away from 50 Shades of Grey, we’ve lost our minds." – Kevin DeYoung

50 Shades of Grey: Pornography and Normalizing the Bizarre: "Upbringing, socialization, advertising, the Internet, and other aspects of our society have rendered an enormous number of Americans incapable of seeing the beauty in romantic love as God created it." – Bart Barber

Rejecting the Industrialized Sex of '50 Shades of Grey': "I want to offer a few modest suggestions for how Christians can recover sex from industrialization . . . " – Joe Carter

On Biblical Love and Intimacy

Remembering the Unquantifiable Love of God: "Real love isn’t something you can measure. The love God has for us is beyond numbers and can’t be tallied." – Christina Fox

Valentine's Day Hopes: "This yearly celebration of romantic love sometimes produces more disappointments than diamond sales." – Carolyn Mahaney

10 tips for purity in singleness: "Why do we even want to fight for sexual purity when our desires seem so natural and good—and often feel too powerful to control?" – Colleen Chao

23 Things That Love Is: "With Valentine's Day fast approaching, here's a gospel-centered reminder about how to love. But, you don't have to be romantically in love to find this list practical." – Paul Tripp

Fearful of Being Single: What would you say to someone who fears being single? – Winston Smith answers [VIDEO]

Your Online Relationship Could Affect Your Marriage: "Valentine’s Day is around the corner. There will be someone who looks like they are simply having a better time than you are. Are you ready to view it and rejoice with your friend?" – Trillia Newbell


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