True Sexual Morality

Recovering Biblical Standards for a Culture in Crisis 

Heimbach, Daniel. True Sexual Morality: Recovering Biblical Standards for a Culture in Crisis. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2004. 528 pp. $25.00.

For Daniel Heimbach, “The greatest single moral-spiritual threat to truth in our culture these days is a rising fascination with paganism that defines morality as anything spiritual and then reduces it to anything sexual” (38). While modernism encouraged people to deny spiritual life, “arguing that morality is a matter of private taste and therefore biblical standards on sex have to be kept from influencing public life,” “…postmodernism affirms [spiritual life]” (41, 42). Heimbach argues, however, that the spirituality postmodernists affirm is pagan, not Christian (42). “It approaches spirituality in a way that views it, not as something beyond but rather as something under human control, and this makes sexual morality even more radically permissive” (42, author’s emphasis).

In the footsteps of Abraham Kuyper, C. S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, and Carl F. H. Henry, Heimbach is on a campaign calling all genuine evangelicals to stand firm against the growing tide of sexual paganism. In observing the works published by militant feminists, unrepentant homosexuals, liberal theologians, and apostate Christian leaders (even those disguising themselves as “evangelical”), Heimbach unveils the destructive paganism infiltrating American mainline denominations, even some evangelical assemblies and institutions. This book covers all aspects of their rebellion: the re-institution of goddess worship and the sacramental practices of child sacrifice (otherwise, and sadly, known as abortion); the slander of Jesus Christ as a sadomasochist and his cross-death as a form of divine child abuse; the veneration of Jezebel and the feminization of Yahweh; the glad acceptation of pornography as expression and the utter rejection of the imago Dei; the unfaithful escape of divorce and the forfeiture of biblical manhood and womanhood. Thoroughly, thoughtfully, and compassionately, Heimbach unpacks these devastating facts in order to quicken the church to be aggressive in their love for sinners who fail to see the glory of God in Christ.

Moreover, Heimbach unpacks the solution for such problems, namely, a return to a God-centered worldview based upon the Scriptures. He upholds biblical holiness, moral purity, godly principles, spiritual joy, and divine beauty so as to squelch any destructive sparks of paganism. Heimbach grounds sexual morality in the holiness of God and equips the church with the sword of the Spirit, that she might fight the good fight against the old, now revived paganism. Without doubt, Heimbach has issued a clarion call for the genuine evangelical community to stand firm upon the “goodness of God with true sexual morality,” so that people are not “led astray by counterfeits” (359). Scholars, Pastors, and Laymen, this book is well worth your time.

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