PLEDGE TO SEXUAL PURITY
Explanation: God told me to challenge people to make a personal pledge to sexual purity in 4 areas. Once you read the Scriptures below, you will be able to make the pledge at the bottom with humility and in dependence on God’s grace. He wants you to be fulfilled in every area of life, including socially and sexually. We must believe He loves us and does not want us to get pregnant out of wedlock, suffer sexually transmitted diseases, or get destroyed by Satan; that’s why He tells us...
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NAS)
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,
10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 Such WERE some of you; but you were WASHED, but you were SANCTIFIED, but you were JUSTIFIED in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
Many early Christians were fornicators, adulterers, lesbians, and sodomites BEFORE they became Christian. But by faith in Christ they were washed [cleansed physically], they were sanctified [cleansed mentally] and they were justified [born again spiritually]. Since freedom for them was possible, freedom for us is possible!
1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJ)
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
There is no question a Christian is called to glorify God in spirit as well as in body. His Lordship is not complete until we surrender to Him our bodies as well as our hearts and minds.
Matthew 5:27-29 (NIV)
27 You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’
28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
Jesus said looking with lust is equal to adultery in the heart. Adultery always starts in the mind first. Our English word “pornography” actually comes from the Greek word “pornos” which means fornication and prostitution. Why do these words share the same root? Because fornication, adultery, or any sexual immorality starts with an unchecked thought – a pornographic image. Godly people realize this, that’s why in their wisdom they said…
Job 31:1 (KJV)
I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
(NIV) I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.
Psalm 101:3 (KJV)
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…
1 Timothy 5:1-2 (NIV)
Treat…older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
Romans 6:13 (NIV)
Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
Romans 12:1 (KJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
(NLT) And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice--the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
1 Corinthians 6:18 (KJV)
(NLT) Run from sexual sin!
1 Corinthians 6:14 (NKJ)
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
(God’s Word) Stop forming inappropriate relationships with unbelievers. Can right and wrong be partners? Can light have anything in common with darkness?
Nothing will stop you from following God’s plan faster than dating and marrying an unbeliever. Don’t do it! It cost Samson the anointing, his call and his life. Even Solomon, the wisest man of the Old Testament, lost his passion for God because of all the pagan women he took as wives. All over proverbs, Wisdom warns us not to fall into the trap of sexual immorality with unbelievers. To live in the center of God’s will, to complete your assignment from God, you will need a Godly life-long spouse, it is far better not to marry than to marry the wrong person!
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (ESV)
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
PRAY: Dear Lord, I surrender my body to You. I pledge to be sexually pure and abstain from these 4 immoral things:
Pornography = adultery of the mind
Fornication = pre-marital sex
Adultery = unfaithful sex
Homosexuality = unnatural sex
When I feel tempted, I will declare that I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I surrender myself to you. I flee from sexual temptation like your servant Joseph did, and was rewarded for his Godly character. In the same way, I ask You to help me keep my whole spirit, soul and body blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Written by Steve Cioccolanti for the benefit of the Body of Christ.
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