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1. The 1990 Kinsey Report states that around 50% of all married
people will commit adultery during their lifetime.
a. The number is usually about 5% higher among men.
b. Women are less likely to commit adultery but not by much.
2. Some other studies propose even higher numbers than the ones given
above claiming that the adultery rate is around 70%.
a. I find that number hard to believe.
b. I don’t think it is 70% and I find the 50% number a little hard
to swallow as well.
c. Whatever the number it is too high.
3. An article in a 1997 issue of Newsweek magazine noted that various
surveys suggest that as many as 30 percent of male Protestant
ministers have had sexual relationships with women other than
4. The Journal of Pastoral Care in 1993 reported a survey of Southern Baptist pastors in which 14 percent acknowledged they had engaged
in "sexual behavior inappropriate to a minister."
5. A 1988 survey of nearly 1000 Protestant clergy by Leadership magazine found that 12 percent admitted to sexual intercourse outside of marriage. The researchers also interviewed nearly 1000 subscribers
to Christianity Today who were not pastors. Of those 1000 people, 23 percent had engaged extramarital sex
6. The numbers are both good and bad.
i. The level of adultery within the church is half of what the
national level is.
ii. The level of adultery among ministers is 1\5th of the
national level is.
b. The Bad:
i. 1 in every 4 Christians has committed adultery.
ii. 1 in every 10 ministers has committed adultery, thus
ruining their ministries and tainting the church.
Hilda Houlding co-ordinator of the Calgary Family Service Bureau, made this comment “An affair is often an attempt to find a little bit of paradise on the side, pursuing the belief that if one just finds the right sexual partner there will be instant happiness and everything will fall into place. An affair is often able to fulfil this myth, until itself becomes a relationship that has to be worked at and looked at in a long term light. Seen in this way “paradise” soon becomes a prison”
Dave Stone co-pastors a very large church in Louisville, KY. On his desk he keeps a picture of his family, a picture of the church facility and a newspaper article of a well known pastor who had an affair. He keeps all this on his desk to remind him of who he is and who would be hurt if he was to ever sin sexually.
Bruce Wilkinson, author of Prayer of Jabez, said:
Sexual immorality is a threshold sin. On one side of the threshold is immorality and on the other is purity. On one side are guilt, lying, deceit, addiction, and shame, an on the other side are freedom, honesty, transparency, liberty, and a clear conscience. Believers who are in bondage to immorality find that unless they exper...
Philip Yancey relates how a professor Virginia Stem Owens assigned the Sermon on the Mount to her composition class at Texas A&M University. She asked her students to write a short essay on this passage of Scripture. Here is what one student wrote: “The things asked in this sermon are absurd. To look at a woman is adultery. That is the most extreme, stupid, unhuman statement that I have ever heard.” (The Jesus I Never Knew, p. 130).
Professor Owens reflected: “There is something exquisitely innocent about not realizing you shouldn’t call Jesus stupid…I find it strangely heartening that the Bible remains offensive to honest, ignorant ears, just as it was in the first century.” (Ibid.)
"Sometimes our hate sounds louder in our actions than in the volume of our voices that claim love as the grace-filled answer." - Pastor Greg Buchner - Wakelee Church (www.wakeleechurch.net) on the need for grace when dealing with those who struggle in their sexuality.
In the film, Bridges of Madison County, Francesca Johnson, played by Meryl Streep, has a four day affair with Robert Kinkaid, a photographer played by Clint Eastwood. Her husband and children are away at the Iowa State Fair at the time, and they learn of the affair after her death when they read a three volume diary where she details the adulterous affair. There was nothing particularly wrong with her marriage and family, but she obviously considered the affair the most important event in her life. The dairy said little about her marriage or her children. It was excitement without the necessary commitment. No relationship had to be developed. She did not have to put up with his faults. Its brevity put it in the category of fantasy rather than reality, and it is always easier to live in the world of fantasy than it is to live in reality. Unfortunately, there are many people leading this kind of shallow life.
A man wrote: "Dear Abby, I am in love and I am having an affair with two different women other than my wife. I love my wife but I love these other women too. Please tell me what to do, but don’t give me any that morality stuff." Signed: Too much love for only one.” In this case Abby’s answer was classic. She wrote: “Dear Too much l...
One particular unique feature really stood out to me. Overlooking the shore, along the Promenade sit park benches. They dot the whole stretch. They have various inscriptions on them primarily dedicated in memory of loved ones. Like inert sentinels they seem to be they rest there, unmoved, looking out to sea. I think they’re protecting something. I think it’s the peace.
The inscriptions are touching. Here are the inscriptions of four. “[To] MOM MOM SANDY WRIGHT CARTLEDGE WHO LOVED THE PEACE OF THE SHORE” and, “SIT AND REMEMBER ANTHONY AND FLORENCE SANTORO & LOUIS TROILO” and, “GRAMMIES BEACH - YOU NEVER REALLY LEAVE A PLACE YOU LOVE” and my favorite, “ROSE T. PESTRITTO- MOM, LIKE THE SEA OUR LOVE IS UNENDING”.
“Secret Sex Stats:
1 in 20: Number of married men who admit to cheating at least once.
1 in 22: Number of married women who admit to cheating at least once.
The average man’s typical lover is: A coworker.
1 in 3: Number of guys who take off their wedding rings when they go out without their wives.
80% of cheating men get caught.
64% of couples preserve their marriage after an affair.
78% of these later describe their marriage as unhappy or empty.”
Floyd, Ronnie. “Seven Ways You Can Affair Proof Your Marriage.” First Baptist Church. Springdale AR. 28 September. 2003.
According to Christianity Today, “60% of Christian men have sought some form of pornography [and] half of the country’s cybersex addicts are women, who often prefer explicit chat rooms to images.”
Trammel, Madison. “An Unwelcome Tenant: Pornography Is Making Itself at home in Too Many Christians’ Lives.” Christianity Today Library. Date unknown. September 26, 2006. http://ctlibrary.com/36747