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Can A Man Walk On Hot Coals ....

Adultery Purity Sexuality

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2016-07-19

Scripture: Proverbs 6:28

Author: Neal Pollard
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Perhaps you heard about the 30 “followers of motivational speaker Tony Robbins” who “were burned while walking on hot coals” in Dallas, Texas (nbcnews.com). Mr. Robbins should have heeded Solomon, who wrote, “Or can a man walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?” (Proverbs 6:28).

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This statement comes as part of Solomon’s warning about “the evil woman” and the “adulteress” (cf. 6:24).  He warns about her alluring beauty and ways (25), showing the consequences that one may miss when driven by lust rather than law: one is reduced (26), destroyed (32), wounded and disgraced (33), reproached (33), and repaid with revenge (34).

One of Solomon’s two metaphors to depict adultery’s repercussions is feet being burned by walking on hot coals (the other is taking fire in his bosom and his clothes being burned).

Countless men and women have been deceived by the seemingly harmless effects of allowing attraction for someone other than their mate to grow in their hearts and minds. One may let admiration and attraction for this other person to take root in their hearts. Defenses are lowered and lines begin to be crossed. The thrill and excitement of the prospective relationship can come to eclipse rational thoughts about the negative consequences, and the fallout in the lives of all the people affected.

When David gazed at Bathsheba from his rooftop, he saw a beautiful, naked woman rather than murder, death, humiliation, dysfunction, loss of influence, and agonizing heartbreak. His unlawful desire for her prevented him from seeing past what he wanted in the moment.

God’s laws are immutable. One cannot flout them without the fruit that follows. So many who have crossed that line have desperately wished they could go back to the other side of that firebed and taken the righteous path. May each of us have the wisdom to see that pursuing a person who is not your lawful mate is like playing with fire! Don’t get burned.

The Sex Exposure Calculator

Marriage Purity God's Love

Source: “How many people have you indirectly slept with?” by Harry Readhead, Metro.co.uk, Apr 7, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-06-20

Scripture: John 15:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Harry Readhead, reporting for METRO, writes:

A new calculator will tell you how many sexual partners you’ve been indirectly exposed to.

For instance, if you have had nine lovers – that’s the average in the UK – and your other half has had the same, you have been indirectly exposed to 597,870 individuals.

That’s the population of Belfast.

The Sexual Exposure and STI Risk Calculator also tells you your risk of catching gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia.

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This adds new meaning to the expression “getting more than you bargained for.” By contrast, only those who follow God’s prescription and wait to become sexually active until they’ve found their life partner, protect themselves from exposure to these diseases.  In effect, they reduce that risk to zero percent! What a wonderful gift for a couple to exchange on their wedding day.

But the negative effects of multiple sex partners are not limited to the transmission of STDs. Casual attitudes toward sex tend to be translated into casual attitudes toward marital commitment, which serves to undermine the security and health of the relationship.

Yes, God’s will for marriage requires us to delay our sexual gratifications. But God doesn’t set forth these expectations to harm us. Rather, His desire is to protect us from what He knows would cause us, and our future spouse, harm. 

“If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love” (John 15:10). 

Casting Stones

Purity Marriage Judging

Source: "'Embracing Purity': Why a Maryland Bride Signed a Virginity Certificate" By Andrea Swalec, NBC, WASHINGTON, D.C.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-10

Scripture: John 8:7

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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According to NBC, WASHINGTON, D.C.:

A Maryland couple had their dream wedding this month. The bride wore Vera Wang, the groom wore Tom Ford, they welcomed more than 2,500 guests -- and the bride presented her father with a "certificate of purity."

Boutique owner Brelyn Bowman (née Freeman) surprised her father at the reception of her wedding to gospel singer Tim Bowman Jr. with a document signed by a doctor stating she had kept her promise to remain abstinent before marriage. Their decision received a lot of attention on social media -- a lot of it unkind.

Brelyn Bowman, 22, said she told her father, Pastor Michael A. Freeman, when she was 13 that she would refrain from having sex. At her wedding, she said she wanted to show her dad and their loved ones that she had been faithful to their values.

"It's one thing to give your word. It's another to give proof," she said. "My whole message is embracing purity. It's all about how you honor yourself and your God."

Shortly after the wedding the couple posted wedding photos. One photo shows Brelyn slow-dancing with her father with the caption, "I was able to present a certificate of purity to him signed by my doctor that my hymen was still intact."

When the Bowmans' plane touched down after their honeymoon, they turned their phones back on and were stunned by a flood of hundreds of messages, most of them negative.

"At that moment, we had a brief meeting," Tim Bowman said. "We made a decision that we were happy that people were even talking about it."

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Here are a few of the comments from the end of the article linked above:

"Yep, let's just reinforce this ridiculous notion that a woman only has value if she's a virgin."

"Charming. Did she further 'honor' her father by undergoing female circumcision as well?"

"This sounds like coming from the 1800s"

" ... the MD certificate is just creepy."

There was a time not that long ago when those who strove to live a moral life were considered good examples.  Today, any such effort is sure to make you the butt end of jokes. The world's sense of what is moral and what serves as a good example has, indeed, been turned upside down.

The new rule seems to be that those who operate without moral standards provide the best example for the rest of us. Not only that, they use their elevated place in society to mock and criticize those who embrace traditional values. But Jesus said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone,” not, “Let him who rejects the idea of morality altogether cast the first stone" (John 8:7).

We are all sinners, no matter how hard we strive to be a good example. Two thousand years ago, long before the tables were turned, it was the religious elite who felt free to judge. But Jesus made it clear that sinners who cast stones at sinners are hypocrites, no matter who they are. With that in mind, I registered the following comment, which was the only positive comment, I might add, to the above mentioned article:

I do believe it strengthens a union when two people can look into each other's eyes and say, "Before I knew who you were, I was faithful to you."

Jesus said,"Let him who is without sin cast the first stone."

I've got no stones to cast, either at those who attempt to do what they think is right, or at those who don't. These two young people did something that was meaningful to them and honoring of their God. Shouldn't we all be glad for them, whether we agree with their approach or not? I don't understand the hate. If this young man were a drug dealer and his bride a prostitute, I doubt they’d be the object of so much scorn.  And I hope I'd still have no stones to cast.

    Mitchell Dillon

Killer Bad Breath

Hatred Purity Self-examination

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-02-28

Scripture: Matthew 15:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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1 Million Dollars Offered to "Score" Tim Tebow

Temptation Dating Purity

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Scripture: 1 Peter 5:8 ; James 4:7

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The Path of Purity

Dating Sexual Promiscuity Purity

Contributed By: David Seeley | Date Posted: 2014-02-07

Scripture: Psalms 119:9

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Virginity Sold to the Highest Bidder

Sexuality Purity Self-worth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-02

Scripture: Hebrews 12:16 ; Hebrews 12:

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A Clear Reflection of God

Refined Purity God's Image

Contributed By: David Cranford | Date Posted: 2012-06-09

Scripture: Malachi 3:2

Author: Dudley Bienvenu, Jr.
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Maintaining Virginity Harder than Training for Olympics

Sanctification Purity Discipline (Self)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-24

Scripture: Philippians 3:14 ; 1 Timothy 4:8

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No More Kisses for Oscar Wilde’s Tomb

Love (Human) Lust Purity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-29

Scripture: Proverbs 2:16

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