Pull Up Your Pants: A Series on the Battle for Purity (1)

Over half of Mizzou’s internet activity is used to download and stream pornography. 59% of our peers had sex in the last month. By the time most students graduate 80% of their peers will have had sexual intercourse, and over 70% will hook up (a foolishly dismissive way of describing a casual sexual encounter) with at least one partner.

At Mizzou the most popular religion is not Christianity, or Islam, or even Universalism. It’s sex.

None of us can escape sexual impurity—it’s on television, the internet, the radio and billboards. It seeps into our conversations and jokes. It steals into our imagination every time someone passes by wearing clothing that clothes nothing. It hijacks our relationships, destroys our friendships, and corrupts our hearts.

This is no surprise. Recent studies revealed that only the physical pleasure of heroin exceeds that of sexual intercourse. As an idol, sexual immorality dominates us by addicting us. Anyone struggling with this sin knows the monstrous weight of lustful temptations: the euphoria and pleasure it promises, and the shameful deeds it demands.

But if you struggle against lust, then you also know the guilt, shame, emptiness and hopelessness that fornication (pre-marital sex), masturbation and pornography creates.

When God created humans, he made sex for enjoyment—he made physical love euphoric. But after the fall man corrupted the beauty of sex by removing it from the context of marriage, forcing it upon helpless people, and even worshipping it.

That’s why we must seriously consider what the bible says about the battle for purity. It is a life and death battle. Will we worship this false idol, or the one who saves us from idols?

Therefore, over the next two weeks I will post eight blogs working piece by piece through Col. 3:1-16, uncovering how the gospel empowers us to fight for purity. Take time to meditate on these verses:

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire … On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them … put off the old self with its practices and put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. …

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, […] love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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About Patrick K. Miller

Currently I am living in Columbia serving at the University of Missouri with Veritas, The Crossing's campus ministry. In December 2010 I graduated from Mizzou with a degree in English Literature. My beautiful wife, Emily, works is an Interior Designer with a local firm. I like espresso, 30 Rock, and books. My favorite old dead guys are John Owen, Augustine and Francis Schaeffer. You should read something by them.
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