Looking at Women Is Not a Sin, Proven from the Bible (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/2/28
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Written to help men know the truth about what Jesus said in Matthew 5:28, this book proves that Jesus did not say it is a sin to look at women. It makes clear that the words of Jesus have been misunderstood, and that it is not a sin to look at women with appreciation and even desire. Includes an in-depth study of Biblical adultery. Will set men free from false guilt and the bondage of thinking God is against them for being the sexual beings He created them to be. Examines and defines what the Bible teaches concerning what is a sin, and shows that lust is not a sin. Totally based on Scripture.
Despite my 5 star rating, let me be clear that this is not a perfect book. There are issues with theology, logic, and style. But I won't go into these because they are so minor compared to the critically important message that the author indeed got right. Namely, that the "woman" of Matthew 5:28 is correctly translated "married woman", and the "lust" is correctly translated "desire with the intention to take". Lust is not a sin, says the author. Lust can lead to temptation, which sometimes becomes sin.
Another very interesting question is explored by the author: "Are there mental sins?" In other words, is it even possible to sin in your mind? This too, is covered with wisdom.
I thank God for authors like Rich who are willing to take a clear -- and for some, controversial -- stand in the name of the Lord. Its time for us to stop pandering the legalists and walk in the freedom that Christ paid for. "For freedom Christ has set us free..." Gal 5:1
Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. (Romans 13:13-14)
The book is so full of practical applications of understanding just how do we walk in love, what is sin, and great tips for young Christians who want to stay pure before the Lord. It also gives the simplest explaination regarding why there are differnces in the many translations. I have to read it again because I want to make sure I didn't miss anything.