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With all aspects of ascetic living, one does not avoid or refrain from something for the sake of rejecting it, but for the sake of something else.In this case, one refrains from sex with someone other than one’s spouse for the sake of union with Christ’s body. We often talk in the church about the consequences of having premarital sex — and there are, of course, consequences.This should be no surprise, since we have an enemy set against us and our impending marriage (1 Pet. He hates God, and he hates marriage because it depicts the gospel (Eph. One of Satan’s most effective strategies to corrupt the gospel-portraying union of marriage is to attack couples through sexual sin before they say “I do.” Here are four of his most common ploys to attack marriages before they begin.

Jesus’ blood is more powerful than any sin we can commit, and should we repent and turn around, away from sin and toward God, we will find both forgiveness, and — like the adulterous woman whom Jesus tells to go and sin no more — the grace to live more faithful lives of Christian discipleship.

If we use porn, we learn something false: That sex is about immediate gratification.

Pornography is destructive because it forms in its clientele expectations that are simply not connected to reality, to real men and women with real bodies (not to mention real souls, hearts, and minds).

Those two quotations sum up a lot about Christian chastity — it’s really important, and we really don’t like having to deal with it.

By chastity, I mean conforming your body and your sexual self to God’s vision of human sexuality as laid out in Scripture and articulated by church tradition — for married people, fidelity, and for unmarried people, abstinence. Simple: It’s difficult; and now, even more so than when Lewis wrote, we live in a society that does not give us much support for living chastely.

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