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  1. The present tense of exousiazei (have authority over) indicates a general statement that is always true. Spouses’ mutual authority over each other’s bodies is continuous; it lasts throughout marriage. In the normal realms of life, a Christian’s body is his own, to take care of and to use as a gift from God. And in the deepest spiritual sense, of course, it belongs entirely to God (Rom. 12:1). But in the marital realm, it also belongs to the marriage partner.
    Sexual expression within marriage is not an option or an extra. It is certainly not, as it has sometimes been considered, a necessary evil in which spiritual Christians engage only to procreate children. It is far more than a physical act. God created it to be the expression and experience of love on the deepest human level and to be a beautiful and powerful bond between husband and wife.
    God intends for marriage to be permanent and for the sexual relationship within it to be permanent. His original plan for marriage did not allow for divorce or for celibacy. Christians are not to forsake unbelieving spouses (vv. 12–17), and they are not to sexually deprive spouses, whether believing or unbelieving. The prohibition is inclusive: Stop depriving one another. It is an emphatic command. Sexual relations between a husband and his wife are God–ordained and commanded.

    MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (p. 157). Chicago: Moody Press.

  2. I have a problem with Jimmy Evans in that several weeks or maybe even a month or more ago I heard him say on a teaching video about a man running a vacuum cleaner describing it as “foreplay.” Now this is not the first time I heard this said. Several years ago I heard Tony Evans on his daily radio show say that if you want sex in the evening you have to start treating your wife romantically in the morning.
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    Now I personally find this offensive in that it is insulting to women and emasculating toward men. What I think this is saying is that if you want sex from your spouse who according to the Word of God is something that is owed you by your wife then you need to manipulate her all day long. So that she will feel obligated to give you what she owes you that night.
    Now from my understanding of the Word of God concerning sex it is what one spouse owes the other if they do in fact love them. It is a love act and the culture has called it “lovemaking” which it is. We read in 1 Corinthians 7:4–5 (ESV) “4 For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” The Net Bible notes add the following “4 tn Grk “fulfill the obligation” or “pay the debt,” referring to the fulfillment of sexual needs within marriage.

  3. Lee,
    I'd suggest Tony Evans and whoever else you heard describing housework as foreplay were simply suggesting that being romantic (which makes the act of marriage that much better) is helpful to prepare her for intimacy. Men need to remember women are aroused to intimacy in different ways than we are as men. We are excited by seeing our wife. She, however, is excited by how we treat her. Sure, it is our obligation to make love to our spouse (1 Corinthians 7). We are not to withhold from each other, but for men to be demanding or expecting sex without first loving them in other ways is just plain rude in most cases. It's not manipulating to love your wife and do the dishes in hopes she'll be in the mood to love you later. I believe that's the general idea they are communicating.