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So You're a Pastor and Single. What About Sex?

We ended the year 2017 and started the new year of 2018 with a symbol and two worded phrase that will forever be engraved in the very fiber of our mental, emotional, and social DNA. This phrase on the surface symbolizes generations of pain, hurt, embarrassment, harassment, rape, gender inferiority, and disrespect for millions of us. However, beneath the surface this phrase symbolizes the rising and standing of a generation of victims who have chosen to become victors over those who without permission and without good conscious abused and misused their power in order to take something that didn’t belong to them – a person’s dignity. The #Metoo movement has crossed all racial, gender, class, and cultural barriers. It has united those of us who refuse to walk and live in the shadow of our shame for a cross that shouldn’t have been ours to bare. This movement now paves the way for women and men to have the right to their personal and professional dignity without the worry that it will be violated in one way or another without permission. The #Metoo movement not only empowers those whose voices might not otherwise be heard, but it also extends a higher level of accountability to the perpetrators as well as those who have the ability and power to create and enforce laws that will protect EVERY woman, man, and child from ever having to say #Metoo moving forward.

 ~ Stephanie “Tigress” Jackson




Article by: Stephanie “Tigress” Jackson

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Okay so I know that this is a subject that a lot of church folk usually try to avoid. However, I believe this is a topic worthy of thought provoking discussion. So here we go…. Let’s face it, the number of single and/or divorced preachers and pastors have been on the rise for many years. Now I will admit that when I was a young girl growing up in church I had this perception that all preachers and pastors (or any man or woman of the cloth) could do no wrong because they were representatives of God. They were all “saved, sanctified, holy ghost filled, fire baptized, and soldiers in the army of the Lord”. Boy was I sadly mistaken. As the years went on and I started to become more aware of the world around me (and thanks to the information super highway now called the internet), I began to realize that a lot of pastors, evangelists, and ministers alike were just as sinful, carnal, hedonistic, and imperfect as any other common sinner. Talk about a spiritual culture shock for a young woman who was taught that these kinds of people were only saints, not saints and sinners.

That now brings me to the focus of this article. Now that I’m a full grown adult woman of faith, I have still often wondered how single unmarried pastors and ministers handle their sexual urges and situations of sexual temptation. Those of us who profess to be Christians and we use the Holy Bible as our guide to living a holy life, know what God says about fornication. 1 Corinthians 6:18 tells us to flee from sexual immorality, and then there’s 1 Corinthians 7:2, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, Galations 5:19-21, etc. There are so many Bible scriptures that talks about fornication and how it’s wrong. So let me ask you a few questions - is this why a lot of churches will not allow or elect an unmarried man or woman to lead their flock? Is this why so many unmarried preachers have started their own churches because they knew they could avoid the opinions, judgment, and nosey watchful eye of the traditional “saints”? If God calls an unmarried man or woman to preach, are they supposed to ignore and resist their sexual urges? Should they masturbate in order to avoid committing fornication? But wait, could masturbation be considered a hedonistic act? Is masturbation a sin? Now please don’t think that I’m being judgmental because believe me I was definitely a saint and a sinner all at the same time like so many other church folk (Thank God for His mercy and grace). However, I still believe that anyone who is called to preach in any capacity is held to a higher standard and could possible pay a bigger price if they mislead God’s people by not practicing what they preach. I do though, see the humanistic side of this coin in that pastors, preachers, and ministers feel and experience the same life issues as anyone else. I think that the main problem with all of this is that the church has allowed social and societal standards of morality to infiltrate and replace what the word of God says is right and wrong about morality. I will end this by saying that in my opinion God doesn’t expect for us to be perfect. He knows of all the obstacles, temptations, and forces of evil in this world, but He does expect for us to be true and faithful if we profess Him to be our Lord and Savior (read Ephesians 6:12-13). 

~Stephanie “Tigress” Jackson


Article by: Stephanie “Tigress” Jackson

                  Editor-In-Chief

                  TLE Posh Magazine®

Copyright © 2018 TLE Posh Magazine®

TLE Posh Magazine (online) is a registered publication of Tigress Consulting and Publications®

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