Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Why Be Chaste?

Flee from sexual immorality - St. Paul
Yet I admonish you, that you should before all things maintain the barriers of chastity (as also you do): knowing that you are the temple of the Lord, the members of Christ, the habitation of the Holy Spirit, elected to hope, consecrated to faith, destined to salvation, sons of God, brethren of Christ, associates of the Holy Spirit, owing nothing any longer to the flesh, as born again out of water, that the chastity, over and above the will, which we should always desire to be ours, may be afforded to us also, on account of the redemption, that that which has been consecrated by Christ might not be corrupted. For if the apostle declares the church to be the spouse of Christ, I beseech you consider what chastity is required, where the church is given in marriage as a betrothed virgin.

-St. Cyprian of Carthage from The Discipline and Advantage of Chastity

3 comments:

Ed said...

Heh, I like St. Paul's better...

So do you know someone who's seriously questioning that? I mean, it seems pretty clear from the Scriptures to me...

Matt Perkins said...

nah.. no "christian" would ever question this right?? Of course they just redefine "sexual morality" to mean whatever they want it to mean.

Matt Perkins said...

...oh, and the reason I liked this quote so much is because Cyprian tells the Christian all the things that he is and if you really believe those things it is much harder to engage in sexual morality.