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Time to Address Sex In The Church

Rev. Dr. Cortroy JarvisAntigua St john's - Chairman of the Provincial Elders Conference (PEC) of the Moravian Church in the Eastern Caribbean, Rev. Dr. Cortroy Jarvis, says the time has come for there to be open discussion about sex in the church.

In an article entitled ‘Sex in the Church’ published in the June edition of “The Information”, a monthly Publication of the Moravian Church, Rev Jarvis said the time is now for church leaders to talk about and to address the topic.

“There is the perception that if one speaks about sex, that it will encourage persons to experiment to figure out all of the details for themselves. In addition, there is the feeling among some church members and pastors that sex is only to be spoken about in the bedroom or behind closed doors,” he wrote.
 
Rev. Jarvis said he believes that sex is a gift given by God, noting that if Christians believed that they were created by God, and that he placed in them the desire for sex, then it could not be a bad thing.
 
“However, sex ought to be engaged in the right context -- that is, in the context of marriage. If God didn’t know that sex was good for us, he would not have given us that desire. The fact is, our people are engaging in sex, but much more, our young people in the church are having sex,” he acknowledged.
 
He pointed to a 2009 survey among young people in the Evangelical Churches in four Caribbean territories including Antigua & Barbuda, which revealed that there was a high level of sexual activity among young people who were part of these churches.
 



“We might put our heads in the sand and declare that it is not happening in our church. Yes, the survey was done among Evangelical Churches in Antigua, St. Lucia and St. Vincent, but like the old saying, ‘when your neighbour’s house is on fire, wet yours’. I believe that this study is pertinent to every Church,” he stated.
 
The survey also revealed information about the young people’s attitude towards HIV/AIDS and noted that there was a deficiency in their level of knowledge about the disease. It also revealed that young people in the church were having sex in significant numbers between the ages of 15 and 17, but that some had started even earlier.
 
According to the PEC Chairman…the Moravian Church is firm in its belief that sex should wait for marriage between a man and woman or a single person remaining abstinent. But he called for open discussions on the issue.
 
“Sex in the Church is real. As Leaders, we are therefore challenged to work through these issues in the best way possible. I believe that education is the key. In addition, we need to be more open in discussing about sex and allow especially our young people to share their concerns and talk about those things that affect them and how we might help them navigate those issues,” he concluded.

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RE: Time to Address Sex In The Church

#14 InChristirest » 2012-10-23 14:23

When the leader of our country star to set good examples in our nation and stop have extra maritial lifestyle things can change. Too many leaders are leading young men and women astray. They are corrupting our children at a young age. They are not uphold moral standards in our community. They should be jailed for having sex with our children at tender age. When we take firm stan in the church and our children can see the love of Christ siplayin in our everyday life and we lives that our children can see and the eldres of our churches live in holiness, them our children will be able to follow good example. When by our lifestyle our children and pattern :sigh:
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Tread Lightly.

#13 The Activist » 2012-09-27 03:44

It is not clear what goals, achievments,awarenes s,life teachings,the effects on society that this discussing of "Sex InThe Church" is hopeful of accomplishing. Solidify the biblical education of the family unity,strength,roles that each play in the family and in society, how can the individual help shine through the teachings of the bible and then promote sexual awareness both positive and negative aspects relative to biblical structure, then you can graduate to being in this world but not to conform to this world principles. :-)
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not same sex .....

#12 keith » 2012-07-22 18:02

First of all what type of sex are they planning to discuss? Because with all the crazy things that are now considered normal if it's same sex please. Leave me out...
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@ J Don

#11 Skyewill » 2012-06-21 10:56

Why do you think some of then go to church for?
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RE: Time to Address Sex In The Church

#10 Audrey Taylor » 2012-06-13 07:19

time to address Holiness in the Church not sex. Address the corruption of our leaders than now permeates of families including our young children.
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RE: Time to Address Sex In The Church

#9 Audrey Taylor » 2012-06-13 07:06

Sex among the very young is a symptom of a dysfuntional family where double standards, bad examples from parents pysical and verbal abuses by parents to each other and their children exist causing low self esteem and self destructive . The young people who engage in sexual activity are looking for an opiate for their pain, some use drugs, some use alcohol and some use sex. Deal with the disease Reverend not the symptoms. Family life is deteriorating in the region, deal with that first, when the Churches fail the people by turning a blind eye to their sin , then the church is another social club. Get Back to your real work of Nurturing and supporting families in crisis
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RE: Time to Address Sex In The Church

#8 Yikes!!! » 2012-06-12 13:39

I lost respect for Bishop Dorsett when he started mixing and mingling in politics. While I agree that it is important to speak against wrong-doing, he should have done so in an unbiased manner. Instead he chose to "caress" one party and malign the other. Look where that got him? Thankfully, he has learned his lesson (albeit the hard way) and is laying low out of the limelight.
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#7 Family Guy » 2012-06-11 20:42

Dear Jackie,

If you look very carefully, you'll see the UPP cheese seeping between the lips of the good Reverend!

As for Bishop Reece he disgraced his good office by delving into UPP politics here! Imagine a Bishop being flown home to campaign against a fellow Catholic? I guess who pays the piper calls the tune?

I guess Religion in Antigua is just another Branch of politics?
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@ Jackie Spence & Hmmm

#6 DadliMan » 2012-06-11 11:13

That was my initial thought. As far as I am concerned, Rev Jarvis and the other quiet church leaders have nothing to say that I wish to hear. Prior to the 2004 elections, these so-called shepherds knew the difference between right and wrong. They pointed out to us every transgression of the then ruling administration. Today, they are as quiet as church mice.

The UPP has filled the church leaders' mouths with cheese by appointing them to government boards and placing them in lucrative positions. Now that the church leaders have sipped from the public trough, they have found it very difficult to speak about right and wrong.

So instead of telling us about the trangressions of those leading our country into the abyss, they now want to distract us with sex in church. Give me break!!
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RE: Time to Address Sex In The Church

#5 J Don » 2012-06-11 10:59

I wasn't aware that people were so bold as to have "sex in the church" I thought they did it in private. :D
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...at the very least...

#4 Jumbee Picknee » 2012-06-11 10:49

Greetingas folks, at the very least, the issue is been spoken about publically. It is too late for many of the victims who have been abused physically and mentally, but let Jah be their judge...
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#3 Hmmm » 2012-06-11 09:31

Jackie you hit the nail on the head. Where is Father Frank and Bishop Reece. They were preaching about the ALP wickedness prior to 2004 and now the sun start burning them, they move on and left us with these vipers. I hope they don't plan to return when the ALP returns to power and collections revenue increase.
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RE: Time to Address Sex In The Church

#2 TC » 2012-06-11 09:07

Yes, I am for open discussion about sex in the church. Let us start with the Ministers, Fathers and Bishops and stop covering up their deeds. We send our sons and daughters to church and school and expect them to be safe, but are they?
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Corruption!

#1 Jackie Spence » 2012-06-11 08:29

Dear Rev. Jarvis,
What about discussing corruption in Government? You guys made the UPP sign a declaration before the 2004 and 2009 election. What about that? Lack of discussion by you is tantamount to corruption by the Church!
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