Published on March 12th, 2007 | by Alex and Brett Harris
John Piper: The Power of Divine Grandeur
In a series of messages entitled Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, John Piper reveals the powerful antidote to all of our lusts and worldly desires.
For those of you who cannot view the video, or who want to read more (do!), you will find an excerpt from his notes and a link to the rest below:
Sex and the Supremacy of Christ
by John Piper © DesiringGod.org
My conviction is that one of the main reasons the world and the church are awash in lust and pornography (by men and women—30% of internet pornography is now viewed by women) is that our lives are intellectually and emotionally disconnected from infinite, soul-staggering grandeur for which we were made. Inside and outside the church western culture is drowning in a sea of triviality, pettiness, banality, and silliness.
It is inevitable that the human heart, which was made to be staggered with the supremacy of Christ, but instead is drowning in a sea of banal entertainment, will reach for the best natural buzz that life can give: sex.
Therefore, the deepest cure to our pitiful addictions is not any mental strategies—and I believe in them and have my own (see ANTHEM). The deepest cure is to be intellectually and emotionally staggered by the infinite, everlasting, unchanging supremacy of Christ in all things. This is what it means to know him. Christ has purchased this gift for us at the cost of his life.