We can’t just fight against lust; we must also fight to love our entertainers as we love ourselves.
For Christian parents, the children we have are “arrows in the hands of a warrior” (Psalm 127:4) which we, by God’s grace, are called to fashion appropriately and release with precision and accuracy. One critical area of preparation is equipping our children to respond properly to a pornified society. Too many young adults are released into the world ill-equipped to handle the hypersexualized media that pervades our culture.
Our children need more than just the admonition to “avoid explicit sexual material.” Mere avoidance may give an appearance of wisdom, but it lacks any lasting value in restraining the temptations of sensuality. In order to be effective arrows, our children need a more robust Christian ethic.
As someone growing up in the church, I still found myself ill-equipped to fight lust with that robust ethic. Like many others, my focus was unintentionally selfish, illustrated by the common question I’d ask myself: “Is there sexual material in this movie that will affect me?” That wasn’t—and isn’t—a bad question, but it shouldn’t be the only question.
With my inward focus, I failed to see anything or anyone beyond myself. I didn’t realize that if pornified content in mainstream media is detrimental for us to watch, how much more detrimental is it for the actual performers? And if I paid for a movie while skipping the inappropriate content, that might protect my spiritual well-being, but it was still supporting the violation of privacy, dignity, and sexuality of actors that I was paying to entertain me. That realization, along with its many implications, changed my movie watching habits forever.
Personal Purity Isn’t Enough is the result of that paradigm shift. This online course explores the Christian’s forgotten duty when engaging with a pornified culture. Geared toward an older demographic (upper high school and above), this course is the first and only of its kind, eschewing a self-centered legalism on the one hand and a freedom-toting licentiousness on the other.
This course is designed to help students fight lust more effectively, cultivate a healthier view of sexuality, develop a clearer conscience, and increase their ability to not just fight for but truly enjoy their personal purity.
PRAISE FOR CAP STEWART'S TEACHING
“As someone who has long studied and meditated on the intersection of faith and art, I can recommend this course unequivocally. Stewart takes a fascinating, well-informed and virtually unique approach."
- Joseph W. Smith III, film critic and author of Sex and Violence in the Bible and Transparency: A Cure for Hypocrisy in the Modern Church
“Cap Stewart remains a clear and reasonable Christian voice on sexual issues that are starving for exactly that.”
- Paeter Frandsen, author of the Spirit Blade trilogy
“A holy church in the Age of Entertainment must address the Christian’s relationship to Hollywood. With great clarity, well-grounded in Scripture, Cap Stewart’s work is an essential and invaluable voice in pointing all of us to the least talked about but most important issue for Christians in their entertainment choices.”
- Wayne A. Wilson, author of Worldly Amusements and Senior Pastor at Acton Faith Bible Church
“The content in this course is astounding. After the #metoo movement, we knew there was a problem with sexual abuse in Hollywood, but very few people knew the full extent of their corruption. Cap has clearly spent considerable time researching the exploitation of actresses in Hollywood. What he has collected is sickening and action-worthy in every way for the believer. His analysis is clear, biblical, and relevant to the modern evangelical church. The church needs to hear this message!”
- Marian Jacobs, staff writer for Lorehaven Magazine and author of Drawn from the Water
“Reading Cap Stewart initially feels like a fresh, new take on approaching media as a Christian. A bit further in you realize the take isn’t so much new as ancient, bringing God’s timeless truth to bear on modern media in a way rich with helps for the reader and glory directed to the Creator.”
- Jeff Wright, pastor of Midway Baptist Church and co-host of the Pop Culture Coram Deo podcast
“Abraham Kuyper famously said, ‘There is not one square inch in the whole universe over which the risen Christ does not cry, “Mine!”’ For years now, Cap Stewart has been showing us how that’s true for cinema too; he’s showing Christians how we can watch movies to the glory of God.”
- Jon Dykstra, Editor of Reformed Perspective Magazine
As a homeschool student, Cap Stewart perpetually found himself stumped by the question, “What grade are you in?” Abeka, Sonlight, and Saxon were household words. Homeschool pioneers were family friends. Back when homeschooling wasn’t exactly cool, Cap’s upbringing went against the current paradigms.
Now, as an author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Cap continues to challenge the status quo. Recognized by Zondervan Academic as one of the top emerging Christian thinkers on sexualized entertainment, Cap has written for numerous print and online publications. He spends much of his time addressing the consumerist habits that Christian moviegoers have adopted from the surrounding culture.
Over the years, Cap has developed his love of stories through drama, radio, freelance writing and editing, videography, independent filmmaking, and collecting and reviewing film scores. He has been writing about theology and the arts at capstewart.com since 2006.