Cultivating Chastity – Part 9

To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
-1 Cor. 7:9

Though some are called to celibacy as Paul was, the vast majority of humans who have ever lived have been called by God to marriage. Last time, we considered some of the ways we can avoid some of the temptations to sexual immorality that we all face. But considering the scale of the sexual immorality that confronts us today, we need to wake up and realize that mere resistance only takes us so far. More than anything else, we need the Biblical prescription for that struggle: marriage. Unfortunately, we do not live in a culture which honors or seeks it. So it’s time to consider some of the practical ways in which Christians can defy culture in favor of Scripture and make marriage both a priority and a reality in our lives.

Previous Installments:
1) Introduction:
2) The Church’s Failure:
3) Stop Teaching Celibacy:
4) The Virtue of Chastity:
5) Chastity in the Bible:
6) Chastity in Natural Law:
7) Distorting Natural Law:
8) Resisting Temptation:

Giving Marriage the Old College Try:
Most People Are Called To Marriage; It’s Not Idolatrous To Act Accordingly:
Four Myths About the Helpless Single Woman:
It’s Past Time To Reconsider the Place of College:

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