Paul David Tripp's book Sex and Money is one of the most important books you'll ever read.
Our society has gone insane—drunk on sex, and mad with the desire for material possessions, we've given up the beauty of true pleasure as created by God for His glory and for our benefit. Instead, we seek to satisfy our lusts, viewing humanity as no more than a bunch of animals and our desires as the only thing worth satisfying.
But our duty isn't to fulfill our own sinful desires, it's to worship God all the time and in everything we do. Sex and money are both gifts God bestows on His creation through which we are able to honor and glorify Him. Properly used, they become means of grace pointing us to Christ; improperly exploited, they are slavemasters forcing us to bow to sin and emptiness.
Why do Christians so often struggle with sexual sins and greed? Because they are diseases of the heart that cause us to misplace our worship, away from God and toward His creation and ourselves. Only a firm grasp of Gospel grace is sufficient to liberate us from these wicked attitudes that if left unchecked always become behaviors.
In typical no-holds-barred style, Tripp spares readers nothing in his descriptions of the depths to which our collective worship of sex and money have brought us. If we're honest, we'll recognize ourselves in at least some of his illustrations, but if we truly trust Christ for our salvation, there is hope and we can rest in the knowledge that some day we'll be rescued from these bodies of flesh in which we live and because of which we continue to struggle against sinfulness.
Sex and Money isn't for the faint of heart, but it's a book everyone should read. Rampant sex and greed are so prevalent today that no one can hide from them, and everyone is affected. If you want to know why they're so good and so dangerous at the same time, and how a Christian is to react, this is the book for you: don't wait too long to pick it up.
Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here
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