To the guys,
He had warned me numerous times, but I was convinced that I knew better. I could not read his motives, only his lips; and I was convinced that his lips spelled legalism and I would have none of that. It was only until my own experience validated his warnings that I would finally see the sense in what my friend was telling me. The lesson was eventually acquired, but not without scars. My friend had tried to warn me countless times about the folly of having close and intimate fellowship with the opposite sex, but I dismissed his claims as unfounded. When I look back, I am persuaded that there were two major reasons why I did not listen:
The first reason is that I was a sinner and was opposed to any suggestion not to indulge my flesh. I would not allow the Holy Spirit to spoil the party.
The second reason was that I thought my friend did not present a strong biblical basis for his warning; he is the kind of guy who will be shocked (and almost offended) if you called him in the middle of the night with a theological quandary while I am the kind of guy who actually calls in the middle of the night with such questions. Continue reading The Cross and Cross-Gendered Fellowship – Part 1