- “Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together into a civil body politic for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid . . .” The Mayflower Compact (Written by the first Settlers in in November 1620, this is the first/founding governing document writer for our Nation).
- “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports,” George Washington (From his farewell address, September 17, 1796; quoted by Johnson, George Washington the Christian, pp. 217-18).
- “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other,” John Adams. Quoted in War on Religious Freedom (Virginia Beach, Virginia: Freedom Council, 1984, p. 1).
- “Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God,” Gouverneur Morris (writer of the final draft of the Constitution and author of the phrase “We the people of the United States”). Quoted Gouverneur Morris in America’s God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations p. 455 & Christianity and the Constitution John Eidsmoe, p. 188 note 34; Notes on the Form of a Constitution for France, uncertain date, Life of Morris, III: 483.
- “It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord,” Abraham Lincoln (Spoken on the National Day of Prayer, March 30, 1863).
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
The content for this workshop (and post) "Igniting the Passion for a Radical Revival of Purity" was taken largely from the book Secret Sex Wars: A Battle Cry for Purity of which I am the general editor. For a fuller discussion of the issues covered in this workshop, I strongly recommend that you get the book.
Second, to those who attended this workshop, God used you to encourage my soul. I thank God for your tender hearts towards God's call to holiness and pray with you that God will ignite a passion for purity in your heart and use you to spark a revival of purity throughout our urban centers.
Finally, to Brian Dye and the entire Legacy staff, Christ was honored by your vision, servant's hearts, administrative excellence, and commitment to proclaim the truth of His Word.
- It doesn’t mean that you hide it.
- You cannot put sin to death by internalizing it.
- You have not put sin to death just by exchanging it for another sin.
- You must hate sexual sin passionately.
- You must fight sexual sin violently.
- You must deal with sexual sin decisively.
- You must fight it spiritually. (Eph 6:12)
- You must fight with faith in God (Col 3:5).
- You must finally fight it with fullness . (Eph 5:18; 3; Col 3:16)
- We must put sexual sin to death because the Word of God commands it, Col 3:5.
- We must put sexual sin to death is because the nature of sexual sin demands that we put it to death (1 Pet 2:11).
- We must put sexual sin to death because it brings the wrath of God, Col 3:6.
- We must put sexual sin to death because the grace of God has already come, Col 3:7.
Part 2: Living Radical Pure Lives in the Will of God
1 Thess 4:3-8
I. Three Commands for Sexual Purity, 1 Thess 4:3-6a
Command #1 Abstain from Sexual Immorality, 1 Thess 4:3
Command #2 Learn How to Control Your Body in Holiness and Honor, 1 Thess 4:4-5
Command #3 Don't Transgress and Defraud Your Brothers and Sisters, 1 Thess 4:6a
- Familial: brothers and sisters, 1 Tim 5:2
- Threats: seducers and seductresses we must avoid, Proverbs 7:5, 26-27
- Potential Dangers: The unsaved we are called to reach, Jude 23
- A Spouse: Being a One Mate Kind of Person, 1 Tim 3:2
- Reason #1 God Abhors Immorality, 1 Thess 4:6b
- Reason #2 God Calls Believers to be Pure, 1 Thess 4:7
- Reason #3 God is Holy and He Helps Christians to be Holy, 1 Thess 4:8
- Undisciplined Leisure Time Will Lead to Moral Failure, 2 Sam 11:1
- Looking Will Lead to Moral Failure, 11:2
- Pride Will Lead to Moral Failure, 11:3
- Lust Will Lead to Moral Failure, 11:4
- Lying Will Lead to Moral Failure, 11:5-13
- Abusing Ones Authority Will Lead to Moral Failure, 11:14-21
- A Calloused Heart Will Lead to Moral Failure, 11:22-25
- Concealing Sin Will Lead to Moral Failure, 11:26-27a
- You Must Fear God, 2 Sam 11:27b
- You Must Listen to God's Rebuke, 12:1-15
- You Must Accept God's Discipline, 12:16-23
- You Must Confess Your Sins before God, 2 Sam 12:13; Ps 51:4-5
- You Must Plead to God for Forgiveness, Ps 51:10
- You Must Re-Commit Yourself from that Sin 1 Kings 15:5