Resources on Purity
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 11, 2016
“You shall not commit adultery.”
Talking about a subject like adultery is unpleasant. It’s unpleasant because in our hearts, we know how dire the consequences of this sin really are.
What’s sad, though, is that as horrible as the consequences of adultery or sexual sin are, so many people… including Bible-believing, Christ-following people… continue to put themselves in a position to be tempted by the sin of adultery.
That’s why I want you to think about your day-to-day life. Think about the people you work with, the people you email with, or even the people you might Facebook with each day.
Is every relationship you have… whether it’s online or offline… aboveboard? Are your motives in each relationship pure?
First Corinthians chapter 10 tells us with any temptation, God provides a way of escape. And one way of escape he has given us is his Word. This is why I’m such a strong advocate of memorizing Scripture!
Because just trying to not think lustful thoughts really doesn’t do you any good. You and I have to replace bad thoughts with good thoughts. And the best thoughts you can put in your mind are God’s words.
So today, I want to help you start winning the battle against lust and sexual sin in your life by giving you a verse you can memorize. It’s 2 Corinthians 10:5, which says, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
So write that down. Second Corinthians 10:5. Learn it and memorize it. And the next time you’re tempted to lust… the next time you’re...
Every Man's Battle and How to Win It
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 23, 2016
It has been my experience through four decades in pastoral ministry that every community is only as strong as its men – as strong as their faith, their ingenuity, their confidence, their resolve, their commitment to walking in the ways and will of God.
I praise God for dynamic women in our communities, our churches, in our families, in our businesses, and in our homes, but there is a marvelous effect in any community when its men, specifically, are leading well.
It has also been my experience that no man can lead well who is not practicing sexual purity in his life.
Temptation is every man’s battle, and every woman’s as well. We all face temptations of pride and greed and rebellion, of unbelief and unkindness and unfaithfulness in our lives. But most men I have met throughout my life would readily admit that the number one temptation they face, day in and day out, centers on remaining sexually pure.
We’re bombarded with TV ads, magazine ads, movies that leave too little to the imagination, Internet sites that find us, regardless of how strong our filters are, and what we’re left with is an overly sexualized culture, just looking to take us down.
Certainly, this isn’t a new problem. We read of ancient men – prophets and kings, military leaders and shepherds, all who had wandering eyes. But I like to think our challenge is still greater today, with technology enabling instant access to smut. It’s in our face 24/7, and if we’re not careful, we’ll dumb down our spiritual life, settling for far less than holiness requires.