And such a dismissal of my integrity would definitely be warranted. If I read that sort of book, my readers shouldn't respect anything that came from my keyboard ever again. I know enough about the book to understand that reading it dishonors the Lord. I really don't need to read the book (or see the movie) to know that it's sheer pornography that I must avoid. Obviously. I can't imagine anybody arguing with me on this point.
So why, when I refuse to read books by Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer and Rick Warren, do professing Christians believe I have no grounds for criticizing them? I have, actually, read some of their blog posts and Twitter feeds, as well as watching their videos.
For instance, several years ago, the church John and I attended went through Rick Warren's 40 Days of Purpose campaign. Both of us initially felt excited about the campaign, especially since the Sunday School Superintendent had asked John to lead the Adult class during those Sundays.
But as we watched the promotional videos leading up to the campaign, we noticed how frequently Warren wrenched Scripture out of context in order to advance his agenda. In response to my discomfort about him, I researched him and discovered quite a few people who also saw serious flaws in his doctrine. After a few days of fighting through his book, The Purpose-Driven Life, I could see that Rick Warren simply didn't respect God's Word. Therefore, John and I chose not to participate.
Of course, people scolded us for condemning Warren's teachings without reading his entire book. Yet many of those same people would undoubtedly applaud me for writing against 50 Shades Of Grey, all the while respecting my integrity for not reading it.
If people commend me for pursuing moral and sexual purity, shouldn't they also appreciate my desire for doctrinal purity? The Lord calls for both types of purity.
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. ~~1 Timothy 4:16 (ESV)