August 17th, 2018

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Purity

Friday, August 17th, 2018

I’m sure you have heard the phrase “Now this is gonna hurt.” We usually consign that to a dentist or a doctor or a surgeon…someone who inflicts our body with pain. It isn’t usually associated with a pastor who loves his people.

Well….

I think that perception will change Sunday. Can you think of any subject more avoided than sex? I’m pretty sure I don’t remember ever hearing about it growing up. Nope. It was avoided like the Bubonic Plague. And the fleas which helped spread the disease.

But Proverbs is filled with references to sex. To Purity. One of the benefits of preaching through a section of a book in the Bible is one can find the Bible itself raises topics normally skimmed over. The Bible is not shy about sex, and its message is clear: sexual sin destroys, sexual wisdom satisfies, and Christ is better than the best sex.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “Do not bite at the bait of pleasure ’til you know there is no hook beneath it.” Wise words. The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, they did not know how to blush.” (6:15)

Sunday’s sermon is simply titled “The Call for Purity.” It is something many struggle with, more than I suspect we even realize. I’ll be saying some strong words (in love) this Sunday. If you have never prayed for me, please do. If you do, thanks and keep up the good work.