Does Religion Force Men into Sexually Sinful Closets?
August 26, 2015By Tiffani Knowles

Does Christianity and its strictures on sexual behaviors force men behind a veil of dishonest sexual indiscretions?


In a grand hacking of the 14-year-old extramarital affair website Ashley Madison last month, several conservative celebrities like “19 and Counting” reality television show star Joshua Duggar were revealed on August 20 as regular clients of the site that advocates: “Life is short. Have an affair.”


The cyberattack on the service and the subsequent leak of data, which users thought was confidential, has already begun to jeopardize the personal lives of some of the 37 million people who use the Canadian-based service.


Duggar, who in 2013 was named the executive director of Washington D.C. conservative lobbying group Family Research Council, seeking  “to champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society,” also maintained a paid account on Ashley Madison that same year.


This comes just three months after his family’s TLC network television show was cancelled due to different sex scandals involving Josh where had been accused of molesting several underage girls, including some of his sisters, when he was fourteen years old.


However, some may claim that Christianity and its emphasis on living a life free of sin, including sexual immorality, often forces men to lead double lives for fear of disappointing their family and their Christian friends.


Case in point. The Duggar daughters wrote in their book Growing Up Duggar that their family has a code word (“Nike”) that they say to their dad and brothers for them to keep their eyes on their shoes when a woman who is deemed to be too immodestly dressed passes them by, ‘to help keep the guys’ eyes from seeing things they shouldn’t be seeing.”


So, what happens when the women aren’t around? How do they keep themselves in check? Based on Joshua’s preferences on his Ashley Madison account, he wasn’t looking for the “modestly dressed” and often frumpy women portrayed by his wife Anna and mother Michelle.


According to the data, Josh Duggar was paying Ashley Madison in order to find an extramarital partner for the following acts: “experimenting with sex toys,” “likes to give oral sex,” “likes to receive oral sex,” and “open to experimentation.” He was also looking someone other than his wife to fulfill the following turn-ons: “stylish/classy,” “discretion/secrecy,” “has normal to high sex drive” and “has a secret love nest.”


According to Gawker, Duggar spent almost a thousand dollars on two different accounts between February, 2013, and May, 2015, including an “affair guarantee” fee of two hundred and fifty dollars.


Joshua issued this statement on the family website:  “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”


Still, is Joshua Duggar that much different from other men who espouse the faith? Perhaps, Christians spend too much time fixating on a man’s sexuality that they drive him to that very thing.


Christian YouTube celebrity Sam Rader and Louisiana GOP official Jason Doré were among others who had Ashley Madison accounts.


I’ve been told time and time again by Christian women who have dated and are dating non-Christian guys: “Well, at least he’s real with me. He’s not pretending to be someone he’s not.”


Albeit not the best reason to date someone who doesn’t share your faith, they have a point. So, here’s my two cents, gentlemen.


1.       Be You. Be real with yourself and other men about your weaknesses.

2.       Tell your significant other what exactly turns you on so they don’t have to go elsewhere.

3.       Fixate on Jesus and HIS ability to keep you free from sin and NOT your ability to keep you free from sin. Your power comes from Him.



Visitor Comments (1)
Religion or lack of Relationship?
Posted By SDJAMES3 on August 29, 2015
When I first saw the article title I was a bit hesitant to read. Mainly because most articles written about religion in a negative manner almost always only focuses on Christianity. It amazes me that although there are many other religions, Christianity is the one most articles reference. However, I decided to read the article to see objectively what it had to say. Again I was right. No mention of other religions, only Christianity. I think the title should substitute "Christianity" in place of the word "religion".

Because the article only speaks about Christianity, then that is only what I can speak on. There are religions that may actually force men into "sexual sin closets", but I can assure Christianity does not. As a believer who has followed after Christ for over 20 years, I can now say I'm an " expert" on certain things of (We make other people experts and professionals for studying things less years than that, so why not me?) My point is to say that I've experienced, studied, and observed enough to know that Christianity is NOT made to be a religion. It is designed for mankind to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. So in the course of our lives, we should be getting closer and more in love with Him. We should be allowing Him to know even the worse parts of us and help fix what's hurt or broken.

However, I do know that certain people have portrayed Christianity as only a religion. They have enforced rules and structures because they may not know how to properly deal with sin. That's why there are so many legalistic churches and Christian people in the world. But if someone takes time to focus on the Bible to see how Christ embodied the scriptures, they'll see how to better handle things.

The example used in the article about the Duggars was ONE family. It would be ignorant to make a judgement based on any one or few things. That is what whites were (or are) accused of when being racist: judging the whole off of a few. It is obvious Joshua has an issue within himself...Christianity didn't do that. If it did, then why is there such a disproportionate amount of men trapped in pornography that are NOT Christians? We as people are always trying to blame everything else other than ourselves. The problem is in the mirror. And we look in the mirror to only see ourselves. Not a religion, a spouse, a job, or whatever. Yes there are influences or situations that may seem to push us in a corner, but the end decision is still made in us. The Duggars had a lot of children with individual thoughts. No matter what is taught, it is still up to each individual to do what is respectful and right.

While others may look down on the Duggars, I commend them. To have that many children and only one have such open salacious struggles is comnendable! No family is perfect. And the more people in the family, the greater your chance of having issues. Some of us have only two or three kids to raise and still none of them may be disciplined in doing what is right. We parents can do our best, but children grow up to make their own choices.

And to the Christian women who are or have dated non-Christian men because "he's real" says a lot about those women. I have been one of those women, so I can comment. Either you don't understand what the Bible says about being "unequally yoked" or you're blatantly ignoring it. I actually did both some years ago and learned the hard way. And I've seen the issues it causes in many people's lives.....which is another discussion. It's about waiting for a man who has a relationship with Christ and not picking guys who are "fake religious Christians."
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