John Gill On Resisting Sexual Temptation -- By: Jonathan Boyd
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John Gill On Resisting Sexual Temptation
The name of John Gill (
In this article, I propose to look at an aspect of Gill’s thought that has never been investigated in print: his sexual ethics, and particularly his advice on resisting sexual temptation. How should a pastor approach the teachings of God’s Word about sex and sexual temptation? What advice does Gill offer to people who struggle with lust
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or pornography? Some pastors of our era garner headlines for the shock value of their teaching on these topics, but I believe that Gill’s approach has more biblical merit. His approach to sexuality and sexual temptation is sober but not prudish, radical but not impractical, and always Christ-centered.
In order to understand Gill’s teaching on sexuality and resisting temptation, we must first see him in his original context. This requires no small effort, as many cultural aspects have changed over more than two hundred years; in addition, the scholarly guild has sometimes wrongly assessed Gill’s theology, a fact that could skew our understanding of his view on sexual ethics.
John Gill In His Context
Gill was born in England in the town of Kettering, Northamptonshire, on November 23,
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