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Randy Alcorn's Blog: Sexual Purity

Cultivating Your Marriage and Guarding It from Impurity

Couple in beach chairs / Cultivating Your Marriage and Guarding It from ImpurityWe live in a fallen world. Even Christian marriages can become filled with resentment, boredom, or hurt. This makes us more vulnerable to the intrigue and excitement of a new person. The answer, however, is not a new person, but a fresh appreciation of the “old” person. 

 

Dr. Rosaria Butterfield on “You Are What—and How—You Read”

Dr. Rosaria ButtefieldThis is a powerful post by a sister in Christ, who is a former, in her words, “queer activist.”  I encourage you to read it carefully and thoughtfully.

Overcoming Temptation by Looking Past It—and Looking Up

Overcoming Temptation / Road at Sunset / photo credit: Stuck in Customs via photopin ccTemptations always look good—otherwise they wouldn't be temptations. In this video from Desiring God, Ben Stuart offers advice for overcoming temptation: looking down stream to anticipate where the temptation leads, and looking upstream to God.

Regular Accountability in the Battle for Purity

Man smiling / Accountability in PurityNothing is talked about more and acted on less than being “accountable.” Real accountability is risky—it involves entrusting our reputation to others and opening ourselves to examination and even criticism (though, in fact, what comes out is usually positive encouragement). But the risks are small compared to the rewards. 

 

The Protection of God’s Guardrails

Speeding on the road / The Protection of God's GuardrailsIn my book The Purity Principle, I write about how God’s guardrails are His moral laws. They stand between us and destruction. They are there not to punish or deprive us, but to protect us. And if we stay within the boundaries He has put up for us, we experience not frustration, but joy. Not bondage, but freedom.

The Addictive Poison of Pornography

The Addictive Poison of Pornography / Hands at keyboardWhen speaking about sexual purity at my church, I told parents that if they are going to let their children have internet access in the privacy of their own rooms, they may as well buy thousands of pornographic magazines and stack them in their children’s closets and then say, “Don’t ever look at those.” It amounts to the same thing. 

After my message a sincere Christian mother came up to me. She was offended by my warning to parents to not allow their children to have unmonitored, unrestricted internet access.

How do we stay pure in today’s world?

"Flee from sexual immorality" (1 Corinthians 6:18).We need to think in terms of what choices we are making that are exposing us to impurity. I can’t just magically snap my fingers and expect that I’m not going to face sexual temptation. Scripture says, “Resist sexual temptation. Flee from it” (1 Corinthians 6:18).

Sexual Purity: 16 Things You Need to Know

Tidal wave / Water is a gift of God. But floods and tidal waves are water out of control. Likewise, God designed sex to exist within certain boundaries.Water is a gift of God, without which we couldn’t survive. But floods and tidal waves are water out of control, and the effects are devastating. Likewise, God designed sex to exist within certain boundaries. When exercised in line with God’s intended purpose, it is beautiful and constructive. When out of control, violating God’s intended purpose, it becomes ugly and destructive.


FamilyLife, Redefining Marriage, and the Most Loving Thing We Can Do

FamilyLifeAfter the Supreme Court declared DOMA to be unconstitutional this past June, Dennis Rainey shared a letter about FamilyLife’s controversial radio broadcast on this issue. He wrote, “In more than four decades of ministry I’ve never seen the overwhelming amount of feedback, both positive and negative, to our special radio program two weeks ago concerning the DOMA decision.” 

The Millennial Generation and Sexual Sin

Icy RoadThe article I link to at the end inspired me to write this blog. It addresses the Millennial Generation’s acceptable sin—sex outside of marriage. For many years now I’ve seen this trend which is disturbing not only because God is dishonored, but also because young people’s lives are being destroyed.

 

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