Maintaining Biblical Sexual Ethics

Greg Strand – January 11, 2016 2 Comments

A few of years ago Carl Trueman made a statement about the temptation and tendency to consider oneself faithful and trendy: Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name

Trueman writes,

You really do kid only yourselves if you think you can be an orthodox Christian and be at the same time cool enough and hip enough to cut it in the wider world. Frankly, in a couple of years it will not matter how much urban ink you sport, how much fair trade coffee you drink, how many craft brews you can name, how much urban gibberish you spout, how many art house movies you can find that redeemer figure in, and how much money you divert from gospel preaching to social justice: maintaining biblical sexual ethics will be the equivalent in our culture of being a white supremacist.

Who would have thought that his prescient writing would come to be a few short years later. Biblical sexual ethics is one of the key watershed issues for the Christian and the church today!

A few questions to ponder:

  • How do you uphold the biblical ethic in this day that considers it intolerant, at best, or bigoted and hateful, at worst?
  • How do you teach and equip God’s people in the realm of biblical sexual ethics today, including parents to instruct their children?
  • How do you teach through instruction and modelling how to uphold these truths and live them out in today’s culture that despises them, i.e., how do you respond in lips and life?

Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

2 responses to Maintaining Biblical Sexual Ethics

  1. Thanks Greg for your always good posts! When I click on the link you have for Truman’s, i just get his web page, and I don’t see and search feature – so am not able to read his entire post. Any help?

    • Thank you for letting me know, John.

      The link has now been updated.

      I initially read this on the Reformation 21 blog. It is no longer there. However, it is at The Mortification of Spin site (part of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals), under a slightly different title. The statement I quote remains the same.

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