Is Sex an Idol for You?

We meet weekly with three other couples for a small group with a marriage focus. We have been working through Kyle Idleman’s book Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart. The book is about the things we allow to become idols in our lives. Recently we did the chapter on sex.

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Sex is a huge idol in our culture. Men are more given to worshipping at the altar of sex than women, but plenty of women are right there with them. One woman in our group suggested another form of sexual idolatry – sex as angry God to be appeased. I had never thought of it this way, but it seems valid. It is a negative rather than a positive, but I think it is idolatry all the same.

What I find interesting is this means it is sex, not a person, being appeased. If sexual appeasing pre-dates marriage, then more than one’s spouse is being appeased.

~ Paul – I’m XY, and my sexual idolatry was porn.

Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart
by Kyle Idleman


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2 Comments on “Is Sex an Idol for You?

  1. I ‘m not so sure about the appeasing and angry god part in my sex life, but it is easy to make sex an idol, especially for men. Thinking about things sexual seems to always be just below the surface if we are not deep into some task, and even then if it flashes into our field of “vision” we are hard (no pun) pressed to dismiss it.
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    • It certainly is a daily part of being a man, and I think God intended it to be that way. The challenge is handling it right. To miss quote Ben Parker, with great desire comes great responsibility!
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