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The three categories of relationships

I recently read Sex, Dating, and Relationships: A Fresh Approach by Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas. It’s a highly recommended read. According to Hiestand and Thomas, the Bible only presents three categories of relationships between any two human beings. We have the: Neighbor relationship (sex prohibited) Family relationship (sex prohibited) Marriage relationship (sex commanded) They also…

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…

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…

F.L.E.E. — A Strategy for Pursuing Sexual Purity

From The Gospel Coalition We’re supposed to flee from things that can kill us. Active volcanoes, oncoming traffic, and snakes come to mind. So should sexual immorality. To Christians in a sexually confused culture, Paul issued this clear order: “Flee from sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18). That is, flee from the dangerous enjoyment of sexual…

Struggling with sexual purity: the idolatry of pornography

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 | Written by Luke Gilkerson Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has some powerful statements about sexual sin as “idolatry.” How is pornography linked to idolatry and what does this have to do with marriage? Porn = Self-Worship Pornography is first and foremost about fantasy.Christian counselor Winston Smith addresses the…

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…

Sexual immorality and the zeal of Phineas

New Living Translation (NLT) Moab Seduces Israel 25 While the Israelites were camped at Acacia Grove,[a] some of the men defiled themselves by having[b] sexual relations with local Moabite women. 2 These women invited them to attend sacrifices to their gods, so the Israelites feasted with them and worshiped the gods of Moab. 3 In this way, Israel joined in the worship…

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…

A life pleasing to God

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

Purity

Treat … women like sisters, with absolute purity. -1 Timothy 5:2   Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may on account of your…