“That’s the point of the gospel…”

So long as I’m on the topic of “purity culture” and its truly unholy rhetoric about women and sexuality, here’s a must-share video that relates a particularly horrifying iteration of the “damaged goods” narrative and shows how far that narrative is from the gospel’s claim that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”:

I can’t help but wonder if the growing prevalence of this type of destructive rhetoric isn’t, ironically, a result of the increasing absence of a notion of original sin from much of Christian culture. After all, the purity culture rhetoric depends on the assumption that some of us are—and always have been—”pure” while some of us are—and presumably always will be—”dirty.” In many ways, it’s just another version of our making people into “monsters” to convince ourselves of our own inherent goodness. 


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