Alluring and deceptive baits are everywhere. The Internet, television, magazines...and you may feel like you’re the only one not giving in. But you’re not alone! Commit to purity!
We live in a sex-saturated society. Remaining morally pure is a battle for men and women. Elisabeth Elliot wrote, in the preface of her classic book Passion and Purity: “The love life of a Christian is a crucial battleground. There, if nowhere else, it will be determined as to who is Lord: the world, the self and the devil, or the Lord Christ.”1
We want to help you win that battle, with the right weapons and armour at your disposal. Our resources on purity will serve as an encouragement to anyone who wants to pursue a morally pure life. And for those who have regrets, you'll also find grace, forgiveness, and some suggested tools to help you maintain purity in an impure world.
1. Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control (Grand Rapids: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1984), 12.
When it comes to temptation, our culture offers very little motivation to resist it. More often than not, we hear the voices yelling, “Give in! You deserve to be happy!” Truly, yielding to temptation is much easier than resisting it. Joseph provides a sterling example of one who could have cuddled lust and enjoyed its warm embrace but instead chose to resist its persistent, alluring offer in favour of righteousness.
To speak of sexual purity in a society like ours may seem futile and may make us the object of jokes and scorn, but we must.
At the height of his success, King David fell in the midst of battle. But his lost battle wasn’t against the lion, the bear, the giant, or the Philistines. David lost the battle against himself.
Far too many Christians have bought into the “pursue pleasure at all costs” philosophy. Marriages are breaking up at almost the same rate inside the Church as outside. Christian leaders often create just as much scandal as any movie star. And many churches no longer place holy living at the top of their priority list. But purity, as Paul explained in Romans 6, is a powerful alternative to our culture’s formula for living.
Solomon fell for the sensual lure of self-gratification. He landed in the pit of emptiness.
The world needs a return to integrity, not sinless perfection but absolute honesty and an absence of duplicity. Impossible? Let's let Daniel's life answer that for us.
We think of the honeymoon as the beginning of the marriage—that initial burst of physical love—that period of passionate ecstasy between the wedding ceremony and the return to the normal responsibilities of everyday life. Nothing is wrong with thinking about the honeymoon in this way. But it does imply that the honeymoon is only for newlyweds and is only temporary.
Moral foundations almost always collapse through slow erosion. But once they collapse, not even mighty men can stand.
It’s not the bait that constitutes sin; it’s the bite! Joseph understood this and refused to let his desire run wild when Potiphar’s wife enticed him to sin. We want to understand why and how Joseph said no when lust’s offer was pleading for him to answer yes.