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The Struggle For Emotional Purity: Guest Post – Purity Part 3

The Struggle For Emotional Purity: Guest Post – Purity Part 3

Part 1 – Emotional Purity: What Are Your Thoughts? Part 2 – What is Emotional Purity?–When emotional purity is discussed, I find it interesting that the focus is always on ourselves. We consider whether or not a given situation would be beneficial or detrimental to us. I think this is a very poor way of looking at the topic of emotional purity. –  I hardly hear anyone talk about looking out for the best interests of others. I believe that we should be seeking to help one another, and as men, we should especially seek what is best for women.  – Speaking to young men, rather than merely considering whether or not a given situation or interaction might harm us, we should instead consider how it might negatively impact a young woman. For example, perhaps a hug or communicating deeply in private would hold no emotional sway over you, but it might for the young woman. –  Instead of trying to communicate myself how, in general, women are different from men when it comes to the area of emotional vulnerability, I decided to seek help from those who would know better than I what it’s like to be a woman. A friend of mine, Emily Long, was gracious enough to write me a letter detailing the struggle for emotional purity from a young woman’s perspective, and it is copied below. I hope you find it as enlightening as I did: *** – Dear Reagan, – You have asked for my opinion on the issue of emotional purity. I would like to do just that by illustrating it a little. –          ... read more

The Dis-Integrated Life – A Guest Post

A guest post by a friend of mine. I really like this article because I believe it is very relevant to the general state of the modern-day church. –  In our culture today, even among many self-identified Christians, obedience to Christ is equated with oppression.  The word “holiness” is generally only uttered in sounding an alarm against the “holier than thou.”  The mention of “righteousness” is immediately reinterpreted to mean the same thing as “self-righteous. “ Meanwhile, the “brokeness” of our human condition is elevated, celebrated, and idolized.  The Good News from Christ only comes into play after we die.  Emotions, not truth, rule the day.  The kingdom of God is not at hand.  God is not near. For these Christians, Christ is the merciful forgiver, but not the ever-present, powerful Redeemer, Reconciler, and Restorer.   For them, the promise of happiness found in the gratification of individual desire, though elusive, is the essential doctrine of their orthodoxy.  They go to church.  They consider themselves spiritual people.  They “believe” in God and yet believe that God could not have really meant what is said in the Bible.  They may be committed to their church and regular in their times of private and sincere prayers to God.  Yet, in every other area of their life, you would not know that there was any difference between them and anyone of any other faith or of no faith. Private “quiet times” of prayer and public or corporate forms of worship do not constitute devotion to Christ; but prayer and traditionally recognized forms of worship, whether private or public, are particular types or instances... read more