If you are a blood-bought child of Christ, you must live in the fear of God when sexual sins lay crouching at the door. Only those who truly fear God will conquer such temptations.
There are times to be heartbroken.
The release of another Fifty Shades film is definitely such a time. The tidal wave of vile filth that has wreaked havoc on our culture over the last six years through author E.L. James’s bestselling books of sexual perversion is now about to foment new unspeakable horrors as the second salvo in this tale of sadistic abuse — Fifty Shades Darker — hits theaters this Valentine’s Day weekend.
Five years ago when Fifty Shades of Grey, the book, became a runaway bestseller, I began writing an angst-filled article about this destructive phenomenon. But I couldn’t bring myself to finish it at the time, being mindful of Paul’s words to the Ephesians: “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of [wicked men] in secret” (Eph. 5:12). In all candor, the content was so defiling that I did not want to draw any more attention to it.
Yet while parts of this fictional story itself happen “in secret,” there’s nothing secret at all about its widely-publicized, wicked plotline that has seduced millions. It was for this reason that I, with great sadness, published an article two years ago when the first Fifty Shades film was released. Significantly, the film adaptation of book one became a box-office sensation in 2015, grossing $571 million worldwide,1 and when Universal Studios released the first official trailer for Fifty Shades Darker last September 15, it gained an astounding 114 million views within 24 hours, breaking the all-time record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.2
It is regrettably no exaggeration to state that the Fifty Shades books and films have exploded into the public consciousness like few other cultural trends of the past decade. And now that the second installment of this fantasy novel word-porn has been adapted into a full-throttle visual assault for voyeuristic movie-goers, it behooves us to carefully consider what’s at stake once again.
The bad news is — as bad as the first book and film were — this second act of the trilogy is more insidious than the last.
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