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Randy Alcorn's Blog: Sexual Purity

Purity and Homosexuality

Julia StagerTwo weeks ago our EPM staff member Julia Stager posted her first video on my blog: “Superheroes, Heresies and the God-man.” Julia’s featured video today is on the critical topic of purity and homosexuality.

Avoiding Sexually Explicit Media and Pursuing Holiness

Watching TVI am deeply concerned about the number of God's people who are opening their lives up to popular television programs, movies and books that are sexually explicit. The thing many modern Christians seem most afraid of is that we won’t be in the cultural “know,” that we will be “out of it” and consequently uncool. 

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.


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