The Purity Principle by Randy Alcorn

This quick read injects a healthy dose of fear regarding the nauseating consequences of sexual impurity. Some take-aways:

“Purity is always smart; impurity is always stupid.” Obedience doesn’t make you holy, it shows you are wise.

Jesus equates leering with adultery. So we have to steer way clear of any possible opportunities for lust to tempt us: television shows, commercials, movies, newspaper inserts, websites, magazines, etc. Anything that might cause you to sin should be cut out. If you think that’s drastic and extreme, Randy says that’s nothing compared to what Jesus said to do which was to gouge out your eye or cut off your hand if it causes you to sin.

Once sources of temptation are removed, you should fill your mind with pure thoughts by spending time with God in scripture, prayer and worship. Accountability with trusted friends or spouse is important.

One good idea to try from Randy: whenever you are tempted, close your eyes and picture a large, sharp, barbed hook attached to a fishing line. Don’t bite or you’ll get caught.

Two prayers for married men:

  • Lord, kill me before I ever commit adultery and betray my wife.
  • Lord, make my wife the hottest, sexiest woman on the planet to me.

Randy admonishes believers in Christ to walk daily with the Lord, trusting in Him for strength to have victory, to not despair but have hope in God, to guard our hearts and keep covenant with our eyes, by the grace of God.

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