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Conversation: Sy Rogers

God can redeem sexual sinners

Sy Rogers travels the world speaking directly about sexuality at churches, colleges and leadership conferences. Overcoming a childhood of abuse and sexual confusion, Rogers has been married since 1982. Rogers, 52, recently sat down with TPE News Editor John W. Kennedy.

tpe: Why aren’t Christians immune from susceptibility to sexual sin?

ROGERS: You only have to be a Christian about 10 minutes to recognize that while the blood of Jesus washes away your guilt, it doesn’t wash away your humanity and associated vulnerabilities. We’re biological creatures with a genetic foundation that creates our sexual packaging. We have hormones released into our bodies that create sexual impulses, and God does not take this away. God doesn’t take away feelings; He gives us grace and guidelines to manage them appropriately if we act as responsible stewards of mind and body.

Many who come to Christ already have a sexual history, which haunts and provokes them if left unresolved. Histories of sexual abuse or being starved for love are typical to those with present sexual struggles. While our hunger for love is God-ordained, it is easily misdirected and exploited if not rightly satisfied. Certainly Satan knows this, too.

tpe: The Bible is replete with examples of God addressing sexual sin.

ROGERS: Thankfully we serve a God who has a history of redeeming our sexuality. Rahab, Samson, King David, Mary Magdalene, the adulteress brought before Jesus, the woman at the well, even the New Testament church in Corinth give us examples of God redeeming sexual sinners, helping them to correct their course, adopting them into His family and even putting them to work in ministry. Jesus is empathetic. Even though He didn’t fail like we do, He understands the capacity.

tpe: Should Scripture be quoted to those struggling with sexual sin?

ROGERS: It depends on how one uses the Word of God. It’s a sword, which can hurt or heal. Most sexual strugglers already feel shamed, demoralized and powerless. Often they don’t have the keys or support to get better. We need to encourage them toward personal responsibility: get help; seek informed counsel; perhaps join a support group. Most of all, we must encourage them to hope in the character of God; they need to run to Him, not from Him.

To be sure, we need to correct someone who is off the path. But correction must be done in the light of the bigger picture: We value you; we would rather have you messy than not at all; we’ll help you get back on track if you are willing to deal responsibly with your struggles.

tpe: Do you see the church as a healing place for the sexually broken?

ROGERS: Many churches are already stepping up to better address these concerns. Additionally, there are programs, resources, books, ministries and support groups offering practical help. This is a much better day compared to the church culture I encountered three decades ago when I got saved. Today the bulk of my audience is 18 to 30 years old. They are much more willing to deal with sexual issues in a straightforward way. Consequently, I have hope that they may create a church culture that is even more effective in addressing sexuality and relationships matters.

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