“True Sexual Morality:” An Interview With Daniel Heimbach -- By: David Schrock

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 19:1 (Spring 2014)
Article: “True Sexual Morality:” An Interview With Daniel Heimbach
Author: David Schrock

“True Sexual Morality:” An Interview With Daniel Heimbach

David Schrock

Associate Editor

Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood
Senior Pastor
Calvary Baptist Church
Seymour, Indiana

Ten years ago Daniel Heimbach, senior professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, published the book True Sexual Morality: Recovering Biblical Standards for a Culture in Crisis.1 In it Heimbach provides erudite research and faithful exposition to help Christians understand the culture in which we live and how God’s unchanging word calls us to embrace true sexual morality.

Ten years later, Heimbach’s prophetic warnings have come to fruition. True sexual morality is trammeled in every corner of our society—including the evangelical church—and the need for Christians to be equipped on matters of sex and sexuality has never been greater. Therefore, it seems appropriate to revisit this book through an interview with its author.

1. David Schrock (DS): For those readers who do not know you, tell us a little bit about yourself and how a nice MK like yourself wound up devoting so much of your academic life to the promiscuous subject of sexual ethics?

Daniel Heimbach (DH): I am an MK (missionary kid) who was born under the Communists in China and raised in the jungles of North Thailand. I did not settle in the United States until the late 1960s at the height of the Sexual Revolution when everyone was rebelling against Judeo-Christian values in the name of free sex. That answers your question well enough, but let me offer two reasons that make sexual ethics so compelling for me.

The first is because I feel a terrible sense of urgency. Our culture and large sections of the institutional church are being flooded with sexual chaos threatening either to completely redefine the faith, or to leave it irreconcilably divided. And sexual moral rebellion is rising in the culture to the point of threatening social survival. The second is because I have a very strong sense of calling from God to address the church and our culture on this issue. Like Jeremiah, God wants me to speak and, if I do not, then so much the worse for my relation to Him.

2. DS: For those who have not read your book but should, please explain in a few words, what your book is about?

DH: The title, True Sexual Morality: Recovering Biblical Standards for a Culture in Crisis, says it all. In that book I take a bold stand affirming there is indeed one true view of sexual morality for all people, which is the one set by our Creator for all time and cultures in the Bible. My book not o...

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