Purity Is a Positive Pursuit

A few weeks ago I completed a brief series on “Guys and Girls in the Church” with a message entitled “Purity is a Positive Pursuit.” The gist of it is this:

1. Merely avoiding immorality is an insufficient goal.

2. Merely avoiding immorality is an ineffective strategy.

In short, I believe that the pitfall into which many Christians fall when trying to avoid immorality or lust or any other sin is that we focus too much on what we are commanded not to do. Scripture, on the other hand, repeatedly commands us to actively run after God and godliness, not just to run away from temptation.

I believe that this is one of the more important messages I’ve preached, and by God’s grace, it has been well-received. You might give it a listen.

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2 Responses

  1. Glad to see you back.

    I have been thinking a bit along these lines lately, going through Romans 1.

    Sin seems to start with “not glorifying” and “not thankful” in Rom 1.21. (Not sure if this can be said of every sin, but many, many, many… ) So just “stopping” or just “resisting” (“just say no” ) is not enough.

    We must turn our mind to glorifying God and thanking God for our every circumstance, instead of justifying sin by bitterly turning away from God to our own imaginations.

    Maranatha!
    Don Johnson
    Jer 33.3

  2. Great messages. I plan on listening to them again soon. “Nature abhores a vacuum.” Seems like the mind is the same way. You can’t just take something out without replacing it with something else.

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