Browse by:

Be holy, for I am holy

Called to Be Holy 13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,[b] and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is…

Every bit of grace

I really don’t know, but there may be exceptional circumstances granting the freedom to cautiously discuss ANR with people we don’t know too well, in an effort to raise awareness and better understand it, but we should first ask ourselves: would that be adding more grace to their lives or are our purposes ultimately selfish?…

The Line

“Don’t look for the line. What do I mean by that? Well, I’ve been asked a lot recently ‘Ryan, what do you mean? You say that there’s progressive sanctification where we all stumble in many ways, and there’s patterned sin. Where’s the line?’ I don’t know where the line is. I mean – I know…

Avoid staring and lusting

It’s easy to get habituated to sin and rationalize it away, but the truth is, each time you do this, it becomes harder to break the habit. The deception will work its way into your heart and eat your soul. I’ve seen Christians fall from high positions. Don’t think it can’t happen to you. Treat…

God is not “cool” with your sinning

Don’t get it twisted. Because God is pro-ANR doesn’t mean He’s okay with and really enjoys it when you obsess and have mental, or God forbid, real nursing sessions with people to whom you’re not married. If that describes you, please repent at once. Don’t store up God’s wrath or discipline for yourself. We all…

Marriage only

I’ve been convicted of how sneaky the sin of covetousness can be. It’s so easy to get distracted and fall into the sin of serial lust. While it’s just as easy to rationalize this behavior, the fact is we’re cheating on our spouses each time we do. Men are especially vulnerable to having their eyes…

Living to please God

3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification:[1] that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body[2] in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong…

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

If you struggle with intrusive mental images of ANRs, then “think often that Christ suffered agony for your purity. Fight image with image. Christ crying in agony.” Titus 2:14 Christ gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for…

Be holy, for I am holy

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you…

What is sexual immorality?

Answer: In the New Testament, the word most often translated “sexual immorality” is porneia. This word is also translated as “whoredom,” “fornication,” and “idolatry.” It means “a surrendering of sexual purity”, and it is primarily used of premarital sexual relations. From this Greek word we get the English word pornography, stemming from the concept of…

Why is sexual purity so important?

Question: “Why is sexual purity so important?” Answer: God gave man and woman the joy and pleasure of sexual relations within the bounds of marriage, and the Bible is clear about the importance of maintaining sexual purity within the boundaries of that union between man and wife (Ephesians 5:31). Humans are well aware of the pleasing…

Flee sexual immorality

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for…