Reposting, since this topic has come up again with the new movie coming out.
and some great posts about why I am NOT reading/seeing them.
Oh Be Careful Little Eyes
"Is reading this book or watching this movie going to fill my eyes, my head, my heart with God-honoring thoughts or is it going to cause me to lust after the fictional characters and real-life counterparts? Am I going to be prone to speak words of encouragement and purity or will I let more things slip out that are crude and discontented? What is the purpose of filling myself with the world…is it to spur myself on in my walk with Christ? Is it to increase my godly example to my children (and others)? No, it is to titillate my flesh."
50 Shades of Magic Mike
"Christian women need to reject both of these works, and instead, use our voices in support of what is good, right and true. It is our responsibility, as daughters of the Heavenly King, to remain set-apart from the poisons of our culture, to rebuke temptation, and to celebrate and honor righteousness."
Why I am NOT reading 50 Shades of Grey
"The Bible has said for thousands of years that lust is hurtful and harmful. Guess what? Biopsychologists and others are studying the effects of lust, pornography, and erotica on the brain and the body. They are finding that the Bible was, in fact, right. Over time, your body becomes conditioned to self-stimulation and gratification. It’s not just a preference. It’s physiological."
No shades of Grey-A black and white seduction of the mind
"According to Jesus, fantasizing in your mind about someone other than your spouse or indulging in even literary sexual voyeurism is sin. Because sin is ultimately a heart issue, we can’t ingest titillating images or stories about the sex lives of other people without participating (at least in our minds) in their sin."
"My question is why are these two forms of entertainment aimed for women being advertised as harmless entertainment? If a man started bragging at the latest issue of Play Boy we would all be disgusted. Women everywhere are heart broken at the damaging effects of pornography use in marriage, but as women we believe a lie that for us it is harmless. Where are the Godly men, I want to see them stand up and say no to these things not turn a blind eye to their wives walking straight into a dangerous open door.Living In A Shades of Grey World
According to Jesus, fantasizing in your mind about someone other than your spouse or indulging in even literary sexual voyeurism is sin. Because sin is ultimately a heart issue, we can’t ingest titillating images or stories about the sex lives of other people without participating (at least in our minds) in their sin.This includes magazines, books, websites, movies, television, or whatever “provision for the flesh” we dream up (Romans 13:4). A woman reading erotic fiction is sinning in the same way a man is when he views pornography."
"Christians often hear about the wise woman in Proverbs 31, yet fail to recognize her counterpart, the wild woman in Proverbs 7. She is described as loud and persuasive — as well as young, married and religious....When Christian women explain to me that reading "Fifty Shades of Grey" helped their marriage, it tells me they don't have a healthy understanding of God's view of sex. They're missing a vision for the beauty and the glory of who God created them to be — women who, together with their husbands, live as an expression of God's cosmic love story."
Christian Women and Mommy Porn
"So before women run to novels such as "Fifty Shades of Grey" or to movies such as "Magic Mike," let's consider the question, "Don't wives owe husbands the same courtesy we expect from them?" Women may say, "It warms me up for my husband," but that's really no different from a man looking at the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition and justifying his lustful eyes with an excuse like, "It makes me want my wife even more." No woman would buy that justification — so perhaps we shouldn't try to sell it, either."