Honest self-assessment is hard. Even Christians trust their hearts more than they should. And when the heart is filled with unexpressed rage (“I will have my own way”), unrestrained sensuality (“I will indulge myself regardless of the sin involved”), or unabated pride (“I deserve whatever my heart desires”), sexual fantasy all too easily leads to acts that were previously unimaginable.
Biblical counselor John Street takes a hard look at the passions of the heart: the underlying idolatries that lead Christians to commit egregious sexual sins. And he shows that there is hope. These passions can be identified and resistedand they can be forgiven, even if acted on. Jesus not only forgives the repentant sinner but also restores, giving men and women abundant grace and strength to say no to the fleshly desires and humbly live for him. A life enslaved in sexual sin can become a life lived to the honor and glory of God.
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About the Author
John D. Street (MDiv, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary; DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is chair of the biblical counseling graduate program at The Master’s University and Seminary.
Table of Contents
Foreword Heath B. Lambert ix
Part 1 The Nature of the Heart and its Passions
1 Preparing the Heart for Change 3
2 Heart Idolatry and Sexuality 29
3 Heart Idolatry and Sexual Enslavement 61
4 Heart Idolatry and Deep Passions 87
Part 2 The Motivations of Sexual Idolatry
5 Consoling the Hurting Idols of Passion 115
6 Feeding the Hungering Idols of Passion 147
7 A Biblical Stress Test 175
Part 3 The Characteristics of a Pure Heart
8 Critical Prerequisites of a Pure Heart 189
9 The Sources of Purity for the Pure Heart 213
10 The Sexual Desire of the Pure Heart 237
Index of Scripture 285
Index of Subjects and Names 293