European Leadership Forum '18 - "Responding to the Sexual Revolution" - Peter Saunders - Talk 4
The Sexual Revolution promised liberation from a constraining Victorian ethic that saw sex as shameful, but ironically it has led to addiction and bondage. This talk traces its ideological and cultural roots from the Enlightenment and the way its ideas have been promulgated and disseminated through the universities, in law, and in medicine, and considers its main drivers: a new ideology, a new morality and the power of narrative. The Bible is rich in teaching on sex and points to its true design, real meaning, and need of redemption. In responding to the sexual revolution, we need to identify its truths, expose its myths but also proclaim sex’s Christological purpose. Our critique needs to begin by acknowledging our own brokenness and failure and discipling the church to know, live, and model marriage and family in a way that makes the world jealous for what we have.
Peter Saunders was born in New Zealand and originally trained as a general surgeon before serving with the Africa Inland Mission in Kenya and completing two years mission training at All Nations Christian College in the UK. Since 1992 he has served full-time with Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organisation with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members, first as Head of Student Ministries, and since 1999 as Chief Executive. His current work involves leadership training, teaching evangelism and ethics, medical mission, writing, editing, and media work. He has been a member of the ICMDA (International Christian Medical and Dental Association) Board since 2003 and is also Campaign Director of the Care Not Killing Alliance, a coalition of over 40 organisations in the UK promoting palliative care and opposing euthanasia. His wife Kirsty is a community pediatrician and they have three sons, Christopher, Benjamin and Jonathan.
The European Leadership Forum meets annually in Central Europe to unite, equip, and resource evangelical leaders to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe. As a coalition of evangelical Christian groups, they seek to do what no single organisation could do alone: provide a bridge between God’s global resources and local leaders from all over Europe. The Forum consists of 27 Networks focused on everything from apologetics to science, media to politics. This annual meeting now brings together 800 participants from more than 40 countries.
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