Who Killed Jesus, and Why?
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Absolutely! Virginity is the state of never having had intercourse. Celibacy is abstinence from sexual activity until marriage.
However, either virginity or celibacy until marriage is reasonable only when humans follow these rules:
If your church's theology is of the Wesleyan variety, you may understand the filling by the Holy Spirit to be in conjunction with being sanctified in a second, definite instantaneous work of grace. If you are of the Pentecostal persuasion, you will hear about being baptized in the Spirit, perhaps in association with speaking in unlearned languages. And, if your church follows the teachings of John Calvin, you may see the filling by the Holy Spirit as happening when you first accept Jesus Christ as a personal Savior and are born again. The key issue here is not theological orientation but the reality of being filled with the Holy Spirit. You have no chance of resisting the temptations of Satan and his demons if you are not filled with the Holy Spirit.
Avoid sexually-stimulating situations. If you know a certain TV program tends to arouse you, avoid it. The same is true of public beaches or even the ladies' underwear section of the Sears catalog. It's not reasonable to expect the Holy Spirit to help you resist temptation when you consciously expose yourself to avoidable stimulation. Of course, not all people are stimulated by the same things. Remember this homespun philosophy: Satan knows how to get your goat because he watches where you tie it.
During the days of piracy on the high seas, pirate ships would steer close to a victim vessel so the marauders could swing over onto the deck from the rigging. When the defending captain saw the pirate ship drawing close, he called the command, "Prepare to repel boarders!" When we see Satan's demons trying to board our vessel, we, too, need to prepare to repel boarders. Change that TV channel; leave the movie theater; close that book or magazine; close your eyes until the danger passes.
Here are the reasons for remaining a virgin until marriage:
Virginity until marriage is God's plan. Since God is your manufacturer, He has the authority to stipulate how your body should operate.
Your marital sex life will be more satisfying when you follow God's rules. There is no proof that premarital sex increases sexual enjoyment or the general stability of marriage.
AIDS, genital herpes, claymidia, and other sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) will not be a threat to your life and health.
For information about a celibacy support group, read the sections of the Christian novel, Parsonage, which talk about Jessi Hogan's Ivory Club.
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