SHAMELESS APPEAL: CrossWalk This Friday

  • Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    What you will not learn if you come to CrossWalk this Friday night, July 8, 7:00 – 8:30PM at the LOFT:

    In the late 1800’s, a pastor’s wife wrote this to a young woman about her upcoming wedding night: “the wedding day is, ironically, both the happiest and most terrifying day of her life. On the positive side, there is the wedding itself; on the negative side, there is the wedding night, during which the bride must ‘pay the piper’ so to speak, by facing for the first time the terrible experience of sex… One cardinal rule of marriage should never be forgotten: Give little, give seldom, and above all give grudgingly.” (Ruth Smythers, “Instruction and Advice for the Young Bride”)

    In 1907, a popular book offered this advice to men on how to love their wife sexually: “Thousands of married men and women are suffering from the effects of excessive sexual indulgence. They drain their physical powers, weaken the intellect, and fail to attain happiness and grand results which would otherwise be possible to them. It might be said that no man of average health, physical power and intellectual acumen can exceed the bounds of once a week without at least being in danger of having entered upon a life of excess both for himself and for his wife.” (Sylvanus Stall, “What a Young Husband Ought to Know”)

    God is not silent about physical intimacy in marriage. As Douglas Wilson states: “...God has provided quite a bit of eroticism ... all that God provides is not required for many to be content, but much is provided.” We will see much of what is given this Friday, July 8 and in two weeks on Friday, July 22.


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