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(RNS) Evangelical women may not want their peers to read the steamy novel "Fifty Shades of Grey." But they do want them to talk about the best-seller -- and the detrimental effects they believe it could have on their marriages. By Adelle M. Banks.


  1. Balaam's Ass

    I never cease to be amazed at the stupidity of the so-called Christian world. Who in their right mind would place sexual sewage from a secular writer in their minds when the bible plainly addresses the issue of sexual lust and fantasy outside of marriage that is encouraged. Lipstick on a pig stills leaved the animal a pig and a glossy bow on a pile of crap still leaves it a pile of crap. I suggest poeple spend the very same amount of time that they would reading Fifty Shades of Grey reading the bible and then the same amount of time in prayer asking their creator what He thinks of the book. Cheers,

  2. With all due respect, there are no “gay” Christians, just as there are no “drunkard” Christians, “murderer” Christians, or “adulterer” Christians. There are; however, former gays, drunkards, murderers and adulterers who are now Holy Spirit awakened, enlightened and regenerated Christians, according to 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 and 11!

  3. There simply is no justification for any Christian reading this trash. If you can read filth such as this and then try to tell me it does not pop into your head when you are trying to pray and meditate on the Lord, I will simply not believe you. satan loves this stuff, he will make certain it pops into your psyche every chance he gets, to water down your prayer life, your witness, and your relationship. How far the Church has sunk that we are even discussing this stuff. That little booklet, “If Jesus Came To Your House”, needs to be re-released and distributed through churches everywhere. Somehow, I don’t think He’d be real pleased to see these novels on our shelves.

  4. I found a great resource which discusses this book and the complicated topics in a sound, Biblical way. I recommend it highly. It’s called ” 50 Shades of Black and White” and is available on kindle or download. It was informative, challenging and affirming.

  5. I am quite surprised at the sanity of these comments so far.

    This smut isn’t anymore justifiable than someone indulging in rape or murder fantasies. Yes, people have those impulses — and we rightfully condemn those who would glorify those impulses. Let’s not try to redeem this trash by asking what we can learn from it. We *can’t* learn anything from it — we learn from *Scripture*, and anything you “learn” from this garbage is only something you already believed which you tried desperately to read into this text in an attempt to justify your carnal indulgence.

  6. Soulful Sojourner

    All of the previous comments are spot-on when it comes to this book. Books such as these create expectations in the readers mind and when the expectations are not met in real life, they are sorely disappointed and looking elsewhere for what they now think is reality. It is very discouraging to read that some Christians believe it is fine to read this book. God was the author of marriage and the beautiful act of a husband and wife coming together as one in physical closeness. When we embrace the beliefs/things of this world, we will end up looking like the world so much so that we are no longer recognizable as Christians and being different from everyone else. Where is our testimony of Jesus and His saving grace then?

  7. The words of the Apostle Paul seems must instructive here: “For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lust, ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3: 6, 7.