God set sex within marriage to secure and increase our pleasure and intimacy, not rob us of them. He does not punish us with a sex-starved season of singleness. It is unimaginably good for us not to have sex now.
“I hope there is a strong leader in your church,” warns John Piper, “because weak leaders will never be able to stand up against the onslaught of criticism that is going to come if you try to do what I am going to suggest.”
John Eliot’s main goal as a missionary (1604–1690) was simply to show the lost the admirable excellencies of Jesus. In everything God does and everything he says, our response should be the same: mouth-stopping admiration.