Sex and the Bible

© 1958  Jack Wyrtzen

Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1. Sex Religious aspects.
Dewey: 392.6 W99 ~~ LCCN: 9621994 ~~ OCLC: 3373806 ~~ 63p.

Sex and the Bible is presently held by 39 libraries including Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College.

Table of Contents

1. Sex Traps Youth ..... 7

2. Sex Today ..... 9

3. Sex Is Not Sinful ..... 14

4. The Temptation of Sex ..... 16

5. Flee Licentious Literature ..... 17

6. Flee Television ..... 18

7. Flee Movies ..... 19

8. Flee Obvious Lures ..... 22

9. Flee Dances ..... 22

10. Flee Rock and Roll ..... 23

11. Flee Smoking ..... 24

12. Flee Dope ..... 26

13. Flee Drinking ..... 26

14. Flee Masturbation ..... 29

15. Flee Necking Parties ..... 31

16. Flee Promiscuous Sex ..... 33

17. Flee Adultery ..... 37

18. Flee Homosexuality ..... 40

19. Flee Sin ..... 41

20. Follow After Christ ..... 43

21. Test Your Temptations ..... 50

22. Follow After Righteousness ..... 51

23. You and Sex ..... 62

INTRODUCTION

   Statistics do not lie. Moral delinquency in America is on the alarming increase. This is not shallow pessimism. It is sheer realism. Sexual sin is playing havoc with the youth of our fair land. Are we following the lascivious, devastating example of Sodom and Gomorrah?

   Four attitudes are possible in this ethical crisis.

   One may cheerfully ignore it and spend his time reflecting on the rosy aspects of his contemporary culture. Or he may condone it on the ground that youth will be youth, and that what our fathers used to call sin is actually psychological maladjustment. Or he may recognize it as dangerous but adopt spineless, ineffective methods to combat it: he may appoint committees, issue innocuous manifestos, scold the erring young people mildly and piously urge them to mend their ways.

   But there is happily a fourth, Biblical attitude.

   This is to recognize sin as sin, and vice as vice — a stench in the nostrils of God; to expose it frankly and fearlessly; to caution young people lovingly and intelligently to beware of its lethal power; and to present the everlasting remedy in the Gospel of the Son of God.

   This is precisely what Jack Wyrtzen does in this volume.

   For twenty years he has been mightily used of God in the conversion of a multitude of youth. In the process he has learned to sympathize with their heartaches, to appreciate their tensions, and to understand their needs.

   Jack loves young people; indeed he is devoting his life to aiding them. And because he loves them he covets them for God. He is determined therefore to alert them to the subtle, enticing, but devastating appeal of sexual sin — and always against the holy background of the Word of God. He refuses to sugarcoat the facts or varnish the truth. He believes in a two-fisted, straight shooting, Biblical presentation of stern reality, and in a clear, convincing, clarion summons to vital faith in Jesus Christ.

   This is the Biblical answer to moral truancy. And this is Jack's changeless message.

   Some will deem this volume unusually frank. But remember: to help an oncoming generation which is playing with immoral fire it is often wise to meet that fire with the fire of outspoken truth. This is Jack's pointed methodology. He is realistic as he challenges young people to lives of purity and victory. But he invariably makes it clear that moral probity and integrity are found only in and through Christ, who is both the wisdom and the power of God.

CHARLES WOODBRIDGE, PH.D.      

SEX AND THE BIBLE

1. SEX TRAPS YOUTH

   The plane was flying from Ottawa, Canada to Syracuse, New York. Lunch had been served and as the stewardess finished her duties she kept glancing in my direction. I knew she wanted to talk to me about something, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out where I had seen her before.

   She had smiled and called me by name when I boarded the plane. Perhaps she had been in one of our meetings somewhere. It is, of course, impossible to recognize all of the many persons I meet in this way, much as I would like to do so. But somehow, I felt that there was a special reason why I should have been able to remember this stewardess.

   Now that I have recalled her story I'll never forget her. She has become to me a living symbol of the countless thousands of girls in the United States and Canada who do their best to hide sex tragedy behind a pleasant appearance and a polite smile.

   She sat down beside me and started talking. I had to admit, "I'm sorry, but try as I will, I can't place you."

   "Don't you remember? I was at your camp for a week last summer."

   "We have several thousand come to our camps," I said apologetically.

   "I was led to Christ by a girl who used to work in your office, Mildred Wolfertz." Mildred had left the Word of Life office to direct a home in New York City for unmarried girls who are going to have babies. The name of the home is Heartsease.

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   Tears came to the eyes of the pretty stewardess and for a few moments she couldn't talk. Then I remembered her!

   The stewardess was one of the girls who had come to the home. In her work with the airline she had met a certain pilot and loved him. Tragically, he had been a man of no principles and he enticed her into the ways of sin. When she found she was going to have a baby, she was desperate, but the pilot was too busy showing another girl the downward path to marry the little stewardess. Grief and confusion broke over her like a flood. Why . . . oh, why had she gambled her life away for a few stolen moments of pleasure? But she had and she was trapped! How could she bear the shame and reproach?

   Fortunately, she heard about "Heartsease" and, thankful for a refuge, she went there to have her baby. And there it was that she heard how Christ had died that He might bear her sin. She learned the precious truth of forgiveness in Him, and He became her Saviour.

   I remembered her!

   "Are you reading your Bible regularly?" I asked.

   She tugged on the zipper of her handbag, pulled out a New Testament, and said, "Two years ago if I had opened my purse like this you would have seen a package of cigarettes instead of my New Testament."

   "Do you have many opportunities of witnessing?"

   "Every day on board this plane."

   She smiled and there was contentment in her face. She had found the answer to life's problems — not just sex problems, but all problems. For there is such an answer and it is the same answer for everyone in the world today. Young people, fellows and girls alike, must find this answer, and find it, if at all possible, before tragedy strikes.

   Rod was a high school student, living in one of the New England States. When he was arrested he told the reporters, "I want you to know that Ellen was a good girl. We were sweethearts and Thursday night we decided we wanted to be alone. She led me to the garage at the rear of her home. We

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got into the front seat of the automobile. We loved and petted for more than two hours and everything happened after that. I couldn't stop myself and she tried to resist me. Then she started to cry and sobbed, 'I'm going to tell my mother.'

   "That drove me off my rocker. I wasn't afraid of her mother, but I was afraid of her father. I lost my head and grabbed her by the throat. I meant only to make her shut up, but she fell limp in my arms. I wanted only to love her and I killed her!"

   That is one of the many, daily, sad stories of youth today in the United States and Canada — trapped by sex! It starts with a necking party and ends with a tragedy. Youth is tempted on every side. Sin is flaunted everywhere. Sex has become the greatest commercialized snare in the world. No wonder we read of sex sins, we hear of sex sins, we are surrounded by sex sins!

   Perhaps we are inclined to grow calloused as a result of all this overexposure. But I would remind you that since the day of Adam's fall, immorality has not changed. Sin is still sin and completely repulsive to God. Sin separates us from God and lost men still need a Saviour. We may have electric lights in place of our ancestors' crude lamps, but sex is still trapping youth in the same old way.

2. SEX TODAY

   "We live in a video environment saturated with exhibition of teasingly semi-draped nudity," says Professor Sorkin, head of the Harvard Research Center in Creative Altruism. "Sex appeal has become a must in commercial advertising . . . Our civilization has become so preoccupied with sex that it now oozes from all pores of our national life.

   "We are completely surrounded by the rising tide of sex, which is flooding every compartment of our culture, every section of our social life.

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   "Among our public officials there is a vast legion of profligates.

   "Our morals have changed so notably that continency, chastity, and faithfulness are increasingly viewed as oddities, as the ossified survival of a pre-historic age."

   Anyone, even a half-hearted observer of our times, must agree with this eminent professor. For one thing, we are selling on our newstands 15,000,000 sex magazines each month. A few months ago I was in a beautiful, peaceful town in Vermont. I went into a candy store and there, displayed on the rack, was a row of these lurid magazines. On the covers were semi-nude women, either with their clothes fitted provocatively or being torn off by some sex fiend. My feelings were mixed. I was filled with pity for our youth, exposed to this degrading sort of thing, but I felt contempt for the money-hungry, shyster-type adults who prey on youth's innocence. The shop-keeper was a woman, and I asked, "How can you, as a citizen, handle this devilish stuff?"

   She gave me a cold look. "That's what the high school crowd wants and the high school is right across the street. If I don't sell it, they will get it somewhere else."

   It is this same attitude that has taken over most of the paperback book trade. Nearly any drug store you enter has a rack full of such titles as The Duke's Temptation, and for its cover, a artist's depiction of a woman completely nude but for a tiara in her hair . . . or The Wild Life, sub-titled, "The unvarnished confessions of a young carnival hustler," with a partly-dressed couple on the cover . . . or The Girl in the Dogwood Cabin, with the subtitle, "A deliciously naughty novel of life in a summer camp," and showing a nude girl partly covering herself as her apparent lover steps out through their cabin door.

   Even our so-called high grade novels are little better. Take, for instance, The Scapegoat by Daphne DuMaurier. In it, one of the principal characters is carrying on a sordid sex affair with his brother's wife. It is all dismissed lightly. The unsuspecting

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husband is always deceived. The sinning woman goes blissfully on her way.

   If the world is going to depict this type of life, it should paint the entire picture, as Scripture says, "Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depth of hell" (Proverbs 9:17, 18).

   And what do the movies and television offer our young people? Sex . . . and more sex! Sex appeal . . . sex appeal, that is all you hear as the standard for stars! No wonder even some of the disillusioned stars cry out for an opportunity to prove they have dramatic ability also.

   Philip Wylie (author of Generation of Vipers) said, "The American people are more preoccupied with sex and more frightened of it than any others. We're just an obscene people."

   Our newspapers are full of the results of filling our hearts and minds with this trash. Any day you can see a headline such as I read recently:

"22 Teen-agers Arrested When Police Raided Old-fashioned Sex and Drinking Party in Vacant Farmhouse."

   Recently the front pages of a Philadelphia newspaper told a tragic story. The headline was brief, "Eight Men Held After Girls Face Them." The story was pitiful. The spectacle shocked even the most hardened court officials. Tearful teenage girls told of being lured into unnatural sex acts by these eight men. Included among the men were two well-known radio personalities and a well-known television star. It was one of the most sordid affairs in the annals of Philadelphia crime. My heart aches for the girls and only the Lord can deal with these depraved men.

   Sometimes when I pick up a newspaper, I am not too surprised at what I read on page one. I know I live in a world of sinners and expect to read of some sin. But page one isn't enough! Page two and page three carry the same sordid stories.

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   Page two of a recent paper tells, "Medical Doctor Recruits Girls for Sex Orgies," and "Boy and Girl Die in Car" with the explanation, "The bodies of a fourteen-year-old girl and a sixteen-year-old boy were found in an automobile parked in a secluded area. Police said deaths were suicide from carbon monoxide poisoning." And farther along the article reveals that the two young people had been in sex trouble and took their own lives.

   And on page three I read, "Sobbing Girl Tells Court of Attack" with the details, "Weeping bitterly on the witness stand, a tall, attractive girl testified yesterday that she was knocked out, stripped of her clothing and criminally attacked by a Matopan youth in a secluded section of the Kenton woods."

   The most awful part of it is that the newspapers all over America tell the same type of story. Some of us are awed and frightened over conditions. Right now we have more bar maids than college girls in the United States . . . we have one rape every hour . . . we have 100,000 lured into prostitution every year. It seems unbelievable, yet it is a fact.

   It is no wonder that Edmund de Caussin Jr., when his six-year-old daughter Mary was raped and murdered, said, "I do not blame the man as much as the society that produces such men. It's a society that allows sex magazines on the stands for our kids to read. A society that measures Hollywood stars by their bosoms, a society where the telling of dirty stories and using foul language is commonplace. These things produce sex perverts out of people who have the slightest abnormal tendencies. They are encouraged by everything around them. Until the day society changes its fundamental moral principles and reasserts a belief in God, we will have sex perverts."

   In view of all the filth in our society today, I have been asked, "Do you think that there is any possibility that God Almighty might permit a sinful, godless, heathen, communistic nation like Russia to come over here and drop its deadly bombs and even blot out America?"

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   I can only answer, "I don't know, but if He does, it won't be the first time that God has used a godless, sinful nation to punish a so-called Godly nation." You have only to read the history of the Jewish nation in the Old Testament to see that God used other nations to subdue the Israelites and bring them to their knees.

   I do know that our country is in much the same condition as the Roman Empire when it fell. If you have read Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, you know he gave us as the reasons for Rome's fall:

1) The rapid increase of divorce and the undermining of the sanctity of the home;

2) The mad craze for pleasure and the brutalizing of sports in every imaginable manner;

3) The decay of religion and the fading of faith into mere form, thus becoming too impotent to serve as a guide to the people;

4) The spiraling rise of higher and higher taxes and the spending of public money for free bread and circuses;

5) The building of gigantic armaments and the failure to realize that the real enemy lay within the gates in the moral decay of the people.

   If these are some of the reasons why Rome fell, then how much earnest prayer is needed for a great revival in America! Who can tell, perhaps even now in this mad, late hour, we may avoid becoming the fall of a twentieth century Rome.

   I do know that the Bible has the complete answer for any nation. "Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34). Unless we become a nation of righteous people, we can expect trouble and disaster.

   How do we become a righteous people? By turning to God from our idols of pride, greed and lust. We must humble ourselves and see our hopeless and helpless condition in the sight of a Holy and Righteous God. And then, having been washed clean by the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, we, as a nation and as individuals, must accept the Bible standards

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as our normal standards . . . including God's attitude toward sex.

3. SEX IS NOT SINFUL

   Every living thing in the universe owes its life to the principle of sex. Flowers . . . animals . . . human beings, depend upon the uniting of the male and the female. This is part of the plan of Almighty God. God's first command to man was, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth" (Genesis 1:28). Reproduction, thus ordained, has nothing to do with sin because God established sex in the marriage relationship before sin ever came into the world, so it cannot have anything to do with sin.

   The record of God's creation of woman and the foundation of marriage is sublime: "And the LORD GOD said, It is not good that the man should be alone: I will make him an help-meet for him" (Genesis 2:18).

   That's a wonderful ideal for a man and woman. Eve was created to be not a hindrance, but a help-meet. Her divine purpose reminds me of the thousands of women who quietly but courageously create a home background which enables a man to be at his best. A wife's gracious help has caused a famous man to acknowledge, "I couldn't have accomplished anything without my wife's help." Such a wife is a help-meet. Happiness in marriage is based, not upon the woman being the same as the man, but upon her being one in whom he finds a counterpart, or as the Syriac translation of the Bible says, "a helper similar to him."

   After telling the type of woman God intended to create, Scripture says:

   And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman,

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because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed (Gen. 2:21-25).

   That is God's ideal for young men and women, to find one mate and stay together. It has been well said that a truly happy marriage is one in which a woman gives the best years of her life to the man who has made them the best.

   The Bible is replete with advice for a happy marriage, and says, "Rejoice with the wife of thy youth" (Prov. 5:18). This verse refers to the physical side of love, proving that sex in itself is not sinful. The Bible says, "Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing [or good fortune, as another translation gives it], and obtaineth favour of the Lord" (Prov. 18:22).

   When our Lord was here on earth, He put His seal of blessing upon marriage by attending a wedding in Cana of Galilee. He even performed His first miracle there, the changing of water into wine for the wedding guests.

   The Apostle Paul when instructing young Timothy in the work of the ministry, warned, "that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith . . . forbidding to marry" (1 Tim. 4:1 and 3). There are certain religions and cults which teach that their ministers or priest are more holy when they do not marry. Christian Science, for instance, speaks of marriage as something to be endured until, as Mary Baker Eddy infers, mankind has risen above it. She says, "Marriage is the legal and moral provision for generation among the human kind. Until the spiritual creation is discerned intact, is apprehended and understood, and His kingdom is come as in the vision of the Apocalypse — where the corporeal sense of creation was cast out, and its spiritual sense was revealed from heaven, — marriage will continue" (Science and Health, pg. 56, 1915 Ed., published by Allison V. Stewart).

   Indeed, marriage will continue! It will continue because it is ordained of God! The writer to the Hebrews, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said, "Marriage is honourable in all,

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and the bed undefiled" (Heb. 13:4). The depth of companionship between one man and one woman transcends all other earthly relationships. They are complete in each other. Thank God for marriage! "One of the good things that come of a true marriage is that there is one face on which changes come without your seeing them; or rather there is one face which you can still see the same, through all the shadows which years have gathered upon it" (G. Macdonald).

   But the very Scripture which sets its seal upon sex in marriage, warns, "But whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Heb. 13:4).

   Yet, on all sides in America, as we have seen, a hundred forces are luring our youth into sex sins. What, therefore, is the young man or woman to do? How can young people resist temptation and what is their incentive to do so?

4. THE TEMPTATION OF SEX

   Temptations are like tramps. Treat them kindly and they return, bringing others with them. There is only one sure way to resist temptation, and that way is made clear in the Scriptures:

   There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

   Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee . . . (1 Cor. 10:13, 14).

   That is what God's Word says. Temptation is the lot of all men. But with that temptation, there is a way to escape. It's up to you to take the way, to flee.

   Flee also youthful lusts (II Tim. 2:22).

   Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body (I Cor. 6:18).

   But thou, O man of God, flee these things (I Tim. 6:11).

   We find in the Old Testament some splendid examples of young men who fled from lust. Joseph was the next to the

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youngest son of Jacob, the older of his two sons by his most beloved wife, Rachel. When Joseph was about seventeen years old, his older brothers were so jealous of him that they sold him to passing Midianite merchants for twenty pieces of silver. The Midianites in turn sold Joseph to Potiphar, a court attendant of Pharoah. Joseph held a high position in Potiphar's household, supervising his gardens, lands, fisheries and cattle.

   Potiphar's wife was enamored with Joseph, and she tempted him. But he answered her, "How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" and he fled! She was enraged and caught his outer garment as he ran and showed it to her husband, accusing Joseph of trying to rape her. Joseph was put in prison, but God honored him and brought him out of the prison, making him second in power to Pharoah.

   Another young man who resisted the temptations of the flesh was Daniel. When he was yet a young man he was carried captive to Babylon. As part of his training to be one of the King's courtiers, he was offered wine and meat from the King's table. But Daniel "purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself" (Daniel 1:8).

   He asked permission to live on a simple diet of water and vegetables, such as peas and beans for ten days. At the end of those ten days he and his companions who had gone on this limited diet, appeared "fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat" (Daniel 1:15). God honored Daniel's faithfulness and later he became Prime Minister over Babylon.

   If you, young man and young woman, want to live up to God's standards for you, there are some things from which you are going to have to learn to flee.

5. FLEE LICENTIOUS LITERATURE

   "You are what you read."

   Just as the Bible becomes a part of you when you read it day after day, so, too, the reading of sex-ridden books will become a part of you when you read them.

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   The newsstands are piled today with licentious, passion-filled books. Many of them have paper covers and are cheap in price as well as in content. Reading them leaves their impression on your mind.

   In order to combat this blight on our nation, Christian bookstores have been opened all across the country. Search out the Christian book store of your community and find books to fill your mind with high ideals.

6. FLEE TELEVISION

   Probably television is the most prevalent temptation in the United States today because it is the handiest. The instrument is in many of our living rooms. All you have to do is turn a knob and on that screen comes a parade of temptations. Flee television because:

TV Tempts You to Waste Your Life .... I've had many a young person come to me and say "I used to get my homework done and then I would read a couple of chapters in the Bible and pray before going to bed at night, but then the folks bought a TV set. And you know how the thing is. I get looking at one program and then another, and the first thing I know I don't get my homework done and I don't have time to pray and read the Word." That can happen to you too. Your spiritual life is blighted when you are tempted to spend time watching TV instead of reading God's Word.

TV Tempts You to Defile Your Mind .... There is much filth on TV. One Sunday night a couple of years ago I was sick and at home instead of out preaching. I had heard about a terrific comedian on television so I decided to watch him to see why his rating was so high. For ten minutes I thought I had never seen anyone so funny in my life. His jokes were a lot of good clean fun, but then he had to tell a shady, double-meaning story and I turned the set off. I thought to myself, why couldn't he offer

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something clean to youth? Why did he have to spoil his program with such smut?

   Listening to and watching this filth is bound to degrade the mind and as our Lord said, "These things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile man" (Matt. 15:18-20).

   Television is like a knife — it can be used for a right purpose and for a wrong purpose. My wife and I have taught our children how to use radio and television rightly; to exercise judgment in deciding what they will watch.

   The answer to the temptation to waste your life is found in prayer before God. On your knees covenant with the Lord to "put first things first." See to it that you do your necessary homework and housework before you turn on your television set. "The soul of the diligent shall be made fat" (Proverbs 13:4).

   The answer to the temptation to defile your mind will come easier when you have put television in its proper place. You will be spending less time watching the screen and, therefore, you will want to watch only the better programs. For there are some clean programs on TV: news, gospel programs, educational features and travel pictures. You must be as selective in your television watching as you are in every phase of your life. As the Psalmist said, "What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? . . . Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it" (Psalm 34: 12, 14).

7. FLEE MOVIES

   There is not a great deal of difference between the temptations of television and that of movies. Many of the same people act in them. And many movies are run on television; so television is often just the bringing of motion pictures into your home. I have had experience with movies. I was converted to Christ

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when I was nineteen and started reading my Bible, but the coming of the Lord didn't seem real to me until I read a book named In the Twinkling of an Eye [by Sydney Watson]. When I started reading that book I stayed up all night until I finished it.

   The following Saturday night I called for my girl and we went to the movies, as we usually did. We had been there for maybe half an hour when there came on the screen some dirty, filthy stuff.

   I broke out in a cold sweat and whispered, "Let's get out of here in a hurry."

   "What's the matter?" she asked.

   "I'll tell you outside. No time now. Let's get out of here."

   Whew! Outside I breathed some clean, fresh air, and thanked the Lord we were out of that place.

   "What's the matter with you?" she kept asking.

   "You know, Jesus may come tonight. I started thinking, suppose He were to come and find us sitting here, looking at that dirty, filthy stuff on the screen."

   That was over twenty years ago and I haven't been back since! Scripture says, "Every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure" (1 John 3:3).

   While I feel that I must warn you on the one hand to stay away from these worldly pictures, I must also warn you young Christians to be careful how you criticize actors, actresses and movie celebrities. For years I preached against Hollywood. Then a few years ago, I was invited to preach in Hollywood. I met a number of these stars in their homes. After that I vowed I would never again preach against the Hollywood stars.

   I will tell you why. Of all the people I've met, and I've been in some thirty countries, I never met a group of people who were more to be pitied than those in Hollywood. You know, in the fourth chapter of John the story is told of how the Lord Jesus met a beautiful woman, probably the most beautiful girl in Samaria. She was typical of many Hollywood

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women, having had five husbands and living with another man who wasn't her husband. The Lord Jesus did not criticize her and rip her apart because of her sensual life. Rather, He solved her problems by bringing her into a knowledge of the true worship of God and convinced her that He was Christ, the Messiah come in the flesh.

   I dare say that many of the Hollywood crowd are like the Samaritan woman. Many a night she probably cried herself to sleep and then woke up in the middle of the night having nightmares. And so our modern women of Samaria go from one man to another. They are divorced and remarry and are not satisfied. That is why they take sleeping pills and some of them even commit suicide. They need your love and prayers. If you pray for them, maybe you can bring them to Christ, the only One who will solve their problems. The Bible says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting" (Galatians 6:7-8).

   But while we are praying for the Hollywood crowd, let's not get soft and compromise with their sin. Even the world calls these moving picture houses "passion pits." And well they might, for the darkness of the theater and the picture on the screen tempt many a red-blooded, young person.

   The matter of taking a stand against the theater isn't anything new. Abraham Kuyper, the Dutch theologian, in his Lectures on Calvinism (Eerdmans, 1931, pp. 75, 76), mentions the theater as being among those things shunned as evils by the historic Calvinists. He says, "Our fathers perceived excellently well that it was just these three: Dancing, Card-playing, and Theater-going, with which the world was madly in love . . . For this very reason, they recognized in these three the RUBICON which no true Calvinist could cross without sacrificing his earnestness to dangerous mirth, and the fear of the Lord to often far from spotless pleasures."

   Think of that, way back in Calvin's day, out-and-out, born-again

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Christians took a stand against Dancing, Card-playing and Theater-going.

   I am thankful that in recent years the Christian church has taken over, to some extent, the expressive medium of movies. Better produced Christian movies are being filmed at an ever increasing rate. Cooperate when your church, youth group, or some Christian organization shows a film. Go and take your friends. You will enjoy this clean type of picture.

8. FLEE OBVIOUS LURES

   Because most Hollywood actresses are beautiful and have enough money to buy expensive clothes they are held up in America as an example to our young girls. As a result, many Christian girls are puzzled. They want to know, "Can I be a Christian and still look like these celebrated beauties?" Just how much like a movie actress can a Christian girl look?

   The answer is not so simple as, "Don't wear Capri pants" or "Do wear thick cotton stockings." For it depends not only on what you wear but how you wear it. Two girls can wear the same dress and one can be perfectly modest and the other can be anything but modest.

   You have to let your Christ-centered conscience be your guide. If your clothes say, "Come on" to a man, you must expect certain men to respond. Christian girls don't want that, so remember what the Apostle Paul said, "I will therefore . . . that women adorn themselves in modest apparel" (1 Timothy 2:9). Be modest in your attire and in your deportment.

9. FLEE DANCES

   Often I'm asked, "Jack, what about going to dances?"

   It is not a simple matter of should we do this or do that, but of following the principle, "Whether therefore you eat, or drink,

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or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God" (I Cor. 10:31).

   When young people come to me and say, "We have Student Council dances and I wonder if I should go to them," I tell them, "If you are in the habit of going to dances, the next time you go, start talking to your partner about the Lord Jesus Christ. Ask your partner if he or she is saved, loves the Lord, has been 'born again,' and has the assurance that if he or she were to drop dead on the dance floor heaven would be that person's eternal destination. You talk that way the next time you are on the dance floor and then write me a letter, telling me what happened."

   As a Christian, all you have to worry about from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed at night, seven days a week, is "whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God." If you think that you can get down on your knees and ask the Lord's blessing in regard to all that goes on at dances and can go to them with an honest heart to the glory of God, then go ahead and go to them. That's what the Bible says.

10. FLEE ROCK AND ROLL

   A few years ago, three of our Word of Life missionaries, Harry Bollback, Harold Reimer and Tom Young, penetrated deep into the heart of the Brazilian jungle where they were working under the South American Indian Mission to reach one of the wildest tribes of savages in South America. When they were living among these naked Indians, they took motion pictures of some of their dances. The Indians worked themselves into a devilish frenzy and when I saw these savages dancing I couldn't see any difference between them and the "rock and roll" crowd.

   One psychologist recently said that "rock and roll" is much like a medieval type of spontaneous lunacy where one person went out of this right mind and took many others with him.

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   Dr. William Ward Ayer, former pastor of one of the biggest churches in New York City, made an extensive search on the subject of "rock and roll." He wrote, "When one delves into the origin of this 'rock and roll' music and dance, he discovers a satanic onslaught on our youth which originated in the demon-worshipping dance of the African jungles. It came to America by way of the semi-savage voodoo drums, songs and dances of the Caribbean. A beachhead for the evil was found in the sensuous night life of New Orleans and from there it has spread over the land and is now being exported abroad."

   Some people try to claim that "rock and roll" is not worse than the Charleston and the Jitterbug. True, it is only a matter of degree, but the records point out the difference. In San Jose, California, a "rock and roll" party routed 73 policemen, injured 11 people and did $3,000 worth of damage. Similar incidents have occurred in New York City, in Sydney, Australia, and in other places around the world. In Japan, a showing of a "rock and roll" movie touched off a riot, while over in Indonesia, President Sukarno, speaking at a public meeting in Bodjonegoro, East Java, warned that the "rock and roll" craze "is bringing a moral crisis to Indonesia." He appealed to the young people to remember their own culture and "Let us not forget the boundaries of decency."

   The youth of America cannot trifle with the sensuous dances of the jungle without becoming moral victims, because God says, "Touch no unclean thing" (2 Cor. 6:17).

11. FLEE SMOKING

   That small white object, the thinly rolled cigarette, has become the modern battleground for the bodies of men and women. On one side are the tobacco growers and cigarette manufacturers determined not to lose their profit. On the other side is the medical profession, alarmed at the increasingly early death rate among smokers.

   Findings released by Drs. E. Cuyler Hammond and Daniel Horn,

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American Cancer Society researchers, in January of 1957, were heart-rending and startling. From a mountain of cross-checked statistics submitted to the American Medical Association, they concluded that while all smoking probably shortens life, cigarette smoking is by far the worst offender and the risk goes up with the amount smoked. Death rates from all causes combined are 68 per cent higher for cigarette smokers than for non-smokers. Even men who smoked less than half a pack a day ran a risk of lung cancer 15 times as great as that of non-smokers (see Time, June 17, 1957).

   One and one-half million Americans gave up smoking cigarettes in 18 months, according to the Wall Street Journal in 1956. But the Public Health Service's National Cancer Institute stated that there are still 38 million regular smokers in America, 13 million of whom are women. (by 2010, there are 48 millions smokers, 22 million of them women)

   Terrible, isn't it? But why is it that even in the face of proved danger men and women cannot quit smoking! That is because nicotine is a drug. A smoker has conditioned his body to need a certain amount of nicotine. When he tries to quit, his nerves become raw and he lacks the will-power to suffer even a short while for his ultimate well being.

   Without hesitation I would tell everyone to flee smoking. Flee smoking for the sake of your health. Flee smoking because Scripture says, "Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body" (1 Cor. 6:19, 20).

   That's looking at smoking from a medical standpoint and a scriptural standpoint. But even from a practical earthly standpoint, flee smoking. Think it over, girls, what man wants to come home and kiss his wife and find her smelling like an ashtray? I know you don't become a Christian by what you do or don't do, but by faith in Jesus Christ. But once you become a Christian, you want to live your highest and cleanest for Him. That's how you can fulfill His commission to be an ambassador for Him (2 Cor. 5:20).

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12. FLEE DOPE

   Addicts die young!

   There is no greater tragedy which can befall a fellow or girl than to become a drug addict . . . and the start is often through cigarettes! It has been estimated that "opium addicts die of tuberculosis at the rate of 4 to 1, compared to nonaddicts: more than 2 to 1 of pneumonia; more than 5 to 1 of premature old age; 4 to 1 of bronchitis; 3 to 1 of brain hemorrhage; 3 to 1 of a wide variety of other diseases" (Living Death, U.S. Treasury Department, Bureau of Narcotics).

   Those who are addicts tempt others to become addicts, to obtain money to buy their own narcotics. The horrible temptation to go along with the crowd, not to be "chicken," to see what it is like, prompts one to take the first "shot" or "snifter." Unfortunately, narcotics are so powerful that rare is the person who can play with them — even once. Once a girl or fellow has tried using narcotics, the overwhelming urge to use them again and again, pushes him into a life of crime and vice.

   Of those who even attempt to take the cure, only an estimated ten percent remain off the "stuff." But as one sorrow-racked mother cried, "Where are the ten percent? I don't see even that many cured, I don't see any one who has stopped using the awful, damning stuff. My girl has taken the cure twice, and is still using it."

   There is only one cure for "Dope" or any other sin and that is the blood of Jesus Christ God's Son. Thank God "He breaks the power of cancelled sin, He sets the prisoner free. His blood can make the foulest clean — His blood availed for me."

13. FLEE DRINKING

   As you may realize, due to our nation-wide broadcast of Word of Life, I receive a great deal of mail from troubled young people all over the world. One young fellow wrote from Japan:

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   Jack, as you know, I am now now in the military police. Oh, Jack, the power of Satan is strong here in Japan! These G.I's need to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They fear nothing, and some day soon they will be suffering for their sins. Drink here is so common that most G.I's drink every night until they are broke . . . and then put some clothes in a pawn shop to get money to go out and get drunk, and spend the night with some Japanese girl. Opium seems to be one of the main products here in Japan, and our G.I's are sure buying it up.

   Jack, I'm afraid that the United States is falling quickly, and God is going to punish her for her sin. If only the Christians of the United States knew what goes on here, they would be more on fire for Christ. I am a G.I. missionary in Japan, living for Christ.

   I could duplicate his letter a thousand times, telling of young men and women who see the problem of alcohol. Over and over the lie is told, "A social drink won't hurt you." The social drink, however, is, in too many cases, only the beginning. It has been estimated by the National Committee on Alcoholism that of the 165,000,000 people in the United States, over 4,000,000 of them have found that the use of alcohol constituted a serious problem in their lives.

   The National Committee further reports that about 750,000 of these users of alcohol have drunk to such an extent that they have seriously impaired their physical and mental health. This is proved by the records of physicians and hospitals.

   Alcohol takes its toll of life wherever it is used. The industrial accident rate among excessive drinkers is from 100 to 200% higher than among non-alcoholics working alongside of them. Of 200 penitentiary inmates interviewed, 94.5% were drinkers. 66.2% of those began drinking due to social pressure. Probably no one starts out to be a drunkard. But slowly, step by step, the occasional drinker becomes the excessive drinker and the excessive drinker becomes the alcoholic.

   Drinking affects your driving. Your self-confidence goes up, your judgment and attention down. It would be much

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better if the term "drunken driver" had never been coined because it only deceives some people into thinking that one or two drinks won't affect their driving. A report on 17,000 traffic accidents in Michigan revealed that about three times as many accidents were caused by drivers who "had been drinking" as by those actually "under the influence."

   There is much in the Bible on this subject of drinking. There is the plain injunction, "Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess" (Eph. 5:18) and the longer description of the poor, misguided, bemuddled drunkard, in Proverbs 23:29-35,

   Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?

   They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.

   Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.

   At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

   Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.

   Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.

   They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

   The simplest and easiest way to settle this question of drinking is to flee the first drink offered you. Get a reputation for clean living and your friends and acquaintances will respect you. You will be in good company. When the committee of the Chicago convention waited upon Abraham Lincoln to inform him of his nomination, he treated them to ice water and said, "Gentlemen, we must pledge our mutual healths in the most healthful beverage which God has given to man. It is the only beverage I have ever used or allowed in my family, and I cannot conscientiously depart from it on the present occasion."

   A Christian cannot compromise with this evil which is sweeping across our country. I know a young man who is a ski

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champion. He was on the American Olympic team. And he admitted that before he became a Christian he used to go on heavy drinking bouts. He felt that skiing was such a strain he had to have the most terrific relaxing possible. Then he found Christ as his Saviour. He doesn't drink any more. Neither has his changed life lessened his sports' reputation. If anything, his chances are now greater of going on to achieve higher skiing honors.

   A social drink has been the start of many a young man or girl's downfall. I repeat, "Flee that first drink."

   Up to now we have been considering the temptations of the flesh which lead to sex sins. These are all contributing factors. If you watch lustful television programs your mind is more receptive to sex sins in your own life. If you as a girl dress provocatively, you are asking some young man to make suggestive remarks to you. If you smoke, you cater to your emotions and actually reduce your resistance to other forms of bodily defilement. If you drink, you may commit sex sins without even knowing it. I heard of one young girl, who, the first time she ever took a drink in her life, got drunk and about six weeks later found she was not only pregnant, but had syphilis as well. Sad . . . but true.

   All these temptations which we have considered lead up to the sins of sex. But now I want you to consider sex sins in their raw and final state.

14. FLEE MASTURBATION

   Webster's Dictionary defines masturbation as "self-pollution." Psychologists recognize that indulgence in this form of self-abuse gives a person "a guilt complex and often a distorted view of life." The Bible agrees with both, but puts masturbation in its proper category . . . SIN!

   In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 God says that those who indulge in this filthy practice are unrighteous, for He says, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?

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Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." This is "nice" company to be in, isn't it?

   It may be you think you can experience some degree of sexual gratification in this way, but it certainly alienates you from the purpose for which God endowed your body with sexual powers. 1 Corinthians 3:17 further warns: "If any man defile the temple of God, him will God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are."

   I don't know what the physical consequences of masturbation might be, but I do know that before God it reveals evil in your heart. There are many references in the Bible to the fact that God judges and punishes us, not only for our evil actions, but also for unclean thoughts. "For the Lord seeth not as man seeth: for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart" (1 Sam. 16:7).

   And in Matthew 5:27, 28 our Lord Jesus Christ says: "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." Examine yourself: how is it with your thought life?

   If you have fallen into the evil habit of masturbation, marriage is not the cure. You might think that. But young people who have been indulging in the habit often cannot make a proper sexual adjustment and keep right on masturbating. They have unconsciously come to prefer sin. It takes Christ to set them right. Your first step is to get right with Christ, either accepting Him as Saviour and Lord, or if you are already saved, ask His forgiveness, for "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). Then remember, Christ is our victory — "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 15:7).

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   Having asked the Lord for victory, don't fight against Him. Don't go to bed and drool over some dreamboat of a girl or fellow. Take a walk. Study, Read your Bible. Pray. Go to sleep reviewing verses of Scripture that you have memorized. God's Word says, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted beyond what you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" (1 Cor. 10:13). What is the way of escape in this case? Isaiah 26: 3 gives the answer: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee . . ."

15. FLEE NECKING PARTIES

   If is is wrong to indulge in sex by one's self, then it most certainly is wrong to indulge in necking parties, which may lead two people to indulge in sin. You may object that there is nothing wrong with an innocent party. But let's face it — there is no such thing as an innocent necking party! Week after week I receive letters like this one from a young lady living in Maine, and it is letters like this that prompted me to write this book. In part, she wrote:

   Dear Jack:

   I have wanted for a long time to write to you, for I have a story that I want to pass on to other young people as a warning to them that disregarding God's Will can and will bring heartbreak.

   Shortly after the war started I went to Bible school. I had been "born again" in my early teens, and had dedicated my life to full-time service, intending to finish my schooling and then go into the Lord's work. While going to school I attended Word of Life rallies regularly. That first year I carried a burden which depressed me and made me very uneasy. I was 22 years old and did not know the facts of life. That made me feel uncertain, unsure, and a little ridiculous. I didn't know where to go or whom to ask my questions . . .

   You can tell young people it's not right to have necking parties in parked cars, but be sure to tell them what might happen

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to them. If only I had been warned, it may have saved me from my awful sin which will haunt me all my life. If I had only learned these things from a man who knew Jesus Christ instead of from a filthy man of the world.

   Oh, the shock I received because of my desire to be popular, to have a boy friend! This caused me to drift far, far from the Lord. My life is wrecked and ruined. Use my story if you wish, Jack. I sincerely hope that it may be the means of helping some young person.

   You may think that what happened to that girl won't happen to you — that you know where to stop on a necking party. If you do, you are the first human being who ever did, because God made us this way. First a fellow holds a girl's hand. Then he kisses the girl. Then this leads to a necking party. One thing leads to another in a chain reaction which usually doesn't stop until you are in a mess. You see, God planned this chain reaction for marriage.

   Maybe you think I am overstating the case. Maybe it hasn't gone this far with you — yet. But my statements here are based on my experiences in dealing with thousands upon thousands of young people and their problems. I say flee those necking parties like the very plague!

   Each year in the United States one quarter million high school girls go from their high school desks to the maternity ward. Even in a midwest Christian high school, the girl who was considered one of the nicest, quit before graduation to be married . . . because she was pregnant. Why was her life fouled up? Oh, she and her boy friend had a "harmless" necking party! Last year one out of eight babies was born illegitimately. And most of it began on a so-called "innocent" necking party.

   "But there's nothing wrong with a kiss," you insist. True, there are many harmless kisses. But a kiss between a boy and a girl works like this: You can touch a red-hot iron with a wet finger and not be burned. The water on the finger is instantly turned into steam and this little layer of steam prevents

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the finger from actually contacting the hot iron. But the protection is only for a moment. If you hold your finger on the iron for more than a small fraction of a second, you will be burned.

   Perhaps no harm will come from one brief kiss, but when it leads to a necking party, the brakes are off. It lasts longer than a fraction of a second. The steam warning is over, and then you get burned.

   There is only one Scripture necessary as a warning against necking parties, "Keep yourself pure" (1 Tim. 5:22). Every girl should put an imaginary sign over her body that says, "Hands off." Keep your body clean and holy for the Lord Jesus and then one day, if God, should lead you into holy matrimony, you can walk down that church aisle and look into the face of your lover with a clean heart, knowing that you are presenting a virgin body to him. If you do, you'll thank God every day of your married life that you kept yourself clean for the man of His choice. When you have children, you can tell those precious little ones that you and their father were willing to stand out from the crowd.

   And young men, the same admonition applies to you, "Keep yourself pure." The Apostle Paul even said, "It is good for a man not to touch a woman" (1 Cor. 7:1). I have only one suggestion to make to you: don't do to someone else's sister what you wouldn't want some fellow to do to yours.

   There is one easy way to flee this temptation, and that is to stay in the light! Stay out of parked cars! Don't invite a young fellow to visit you when your mom and dad are away from the house. Don't go on unchaperoned and week-end beach parties. Treat yourself for what you are, a human being with highly geared emotions, and stay away from necking parties.

16. FLEE PROMISCUOUS SEX

   There's a difference between necking parties and promiscuous sex, but a difference of degree only: one step farther than

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the other. You might only neck with one person, burn yourself, and quit. Or you might keep on going until you are indulging in promiscuous sex sins.

   I have girls or fellows come to me sometimes and say, "Jack, I appreciate what you are saying, trying to help young people, but you don't understand about me. I can't help myself, I'm just over-sexed."

   I look them straight in the face and say, "But I do understand about you. You're not over-sexed, any more than the rest of us are, you have just given sex a freer rein, until you have dulled the inhibitions that help you put on the brakes. It's like anything else in life, the more you do it, the easier it is to do, because it becomes a habit."

   I have received many letters from girls who stray down this path, letters like this one:

   Dear Sir:

   After listening to your program tonight, I thought that perhaps you might be able to help me. I cannot turn to my family for they are good Christians and would be terribly hurt and perhaps even worse if they knew about the double life I've been leading. I cannot talk to our pastor for I know he would tell them. For the sake of all concerned, including my younger brother and sister, I would rather die than have my family know.

   I've been hoping you could help me to become what I've been professing to be — a good Christian. You see, I have not been that since my early teens. The reason is the same as that of most teenagers, the desire for thrills and excitement which I looked for in living a promiscuous life of sex. At fourteen it began and at eighteen I was a married man's mistress.

   Since then I have tried to learn to follow Christ but it's so very hard to resist temptation. What I would like to know is, will God forgive me for this terrible sin as well as others such as smoking, drinking, swearing and deceit? Sincerely, I would like to learn to know Christ and to accept Him, give up the evil in my mind and body and learn to serve Him. Can you, will you help me?

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   My heart aches for this girl, and for fellows who have fallen into the same trap of promiscuous sex relations. It's an awful price they have to pay.

   The price of venereal disease. Statistics prove that the medical profession is learning to cure gonorrhea and syphilis, but who wants to have to be cured? Who wants his body eaten away by disease? Who wants the loathsomeness of having one's flesh decay?

   And suppose your case is one the doctor can't cure? Suppose you don't get to the doctor soon enough, and instead are sent to an insane asylum? This is one of the chances you take — too great, far too great, to indulge in illicit sexual relations!

   The price of a thwarted sex life. Sex is like a man playing music. If you really want to master the violin, you have to stick with playing the violin. You cannot play the drums one week and the guitar another. Sometimes you hear of a man playing several instruments, but usually when he does, he does not play any of them well. So it is with sex. Being promiscuous ruins your sex life. You lose your sensitivity and you become coarse, crude, selfish and sexually bored. A boy or girl who is promiscuous cheats himself of the best, even in the very thing he is trying to enjoy.

   The price of a ruined life. Promiscuous sex relations cheapen a man or woman. You see them — the hard, tough fellows and girls, who, if they marry, don't stay married long. They don't play the game according to the rules and they're always losing, often becoming lonely prostitutes or "wolves." They do not fit in socially because they are always on the "make."

   Scripture mentions this sin plainly. It says, "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is outside the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body" (1 Cor. 6:18).

   It is hard to rebuild a ruined life but Christ is able. Thank God He says, "Whoever comes to me I will in no wise cast

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out" (John 6:37). No matter what you've done, no matter how many times you have sinned in cars parked in secluded spots, there is pardon in Christ. "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).

   Remember, however, though God can give you peace in your soul, He does not alter this law of the flesh: "Whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap" (Galatians 6:7). You will have to reap the results of your deeds. If you have contacted a venereal disease you will have to go to the doctor for a treatment. If you want to marry, you will have to wait, and pray, and learn "to possess [your] vessel in sanctification and honour" (1 Thess. 4:4). You will have to learn to "walk circumspectly" (Eph. 5:15).

   I want to tell you the story of one girl who grew up in a home that had been broken by divorce. Her mother worked, and when the girl was in her teens, she didn't have many clothes, and so, very foolishly, she thought she could gain the attention of fellows by giving herself to them. She wasn't pretty, but she gained their attention all right! She became a cheap little thing, used as a convenience by the fellows and scorned by the girls.

   She became pregnant and a doctor without scruples helped her to murder that innocent life. She didn't finish high school but got a job clerking in a dime store. Soon she was going out with the floor manager and back to her old sins. Only this time, she didn't get pregnant. The doctor had fixed her so she couldn't. You see, she had nothing to which to cling. She just drifted.

   There is no telling where this girl would have ended if someone had not invited her to an evangelistic meeting. She went, listened to the Gospel, went forward and pleaded with the Lord to help her. She signed a card and a woman came to her home and invited her to church. She began going regularly and Lord showed her how to clean up her life.

   Now that she's a Christian she knows true happiness at last,

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though the going hasn't been easy. When she refused to go out any more with the floor manager, he had her fired. She got another job, but she doesn't earn a great deal, and she's going to night school, trying to get her high school diploma.

   She doesn't have many friends. You see, the fellows and girls her age married and she doesn't fit in with their social life. She got off on the wrong foot, lived in sin, and has been reaping what she sowed. But slowly, here and there, God is straightening that girl's life so that it will finally count for Him.

17. FLEE ADULTERY

   If you are single I suppose you think your temptation to commit sex sins stops with marriage. I agree with you that it should. The temptation should not be as great. But I regret to say that many young people keep on committing sex sins after they are married. I came across this letter from a young married girl. She wrote:

   I have a horrible, horrible problem that seems to have no earthly solution. I turn to you as my last glimmer of hope and pray that you may be able to offer some guidance.

   I am a college graduate, fairly young, married to a fine man, also well educated. We have two lovely children. Last year I held a very responsible job, and all went well until my husband began to neglect me. After two months of neglect, I began going out with a man from my office. Gradually it became an affair. I was stricken with grief when I found out that I was going to have his child. I want to tear my heart out, but I am a coward. I would like to run to my husband and tell him all and beg his forgiveness. Maybe he would let me keep the child as our own. Tell me, what should I do? Where should I go? Please — please advise me, Frantically

   There was only one way to advise this girl. She had wronged her husband and sinned deeply. As I quoted before, "Whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap" (Galatians 6:7). She had sowed. She had to reap. She would have to tell her

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husband what she had done. He might decide to forgive her or he might leave her. After all, he had Scriptural grounds for divorce. And her child would grow up reminding her at every turn of her sin, a constant reproach. She would find strength in Christ but she would have to face the consequences of her sin sooner or later.

   My purpose is to help young men and women avoid these sins of the flesh. There are some things the Bible just plainly tells us not to do. Adultery is one of them. The seventh commandment is, "Thou shalt not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14).

   Adultery, like the other sins of the flesh, sneaks up on you. Remember David, the shepherd boy, who became the King of Israel? He was a mighty warrior and a man of tender compassion. Once when he could have killed King Saul, and with provocation, he refused to do so. But as the years went on, and David the warrior became king, he sent Joab and his army out to battle, while he stayed at home. In the evening, he walked on the roof of his palace. On another roof he saw Bathsheba washing her hair. She was very beautiful. He sent for her and committed adultery with her. But even that was not enough. One sin always leads to another. His conscience hurt him and the only solution, as he saw it, was to get rid of Uriah, Bathsheba's husband. He sent a note to General Joab, saying, "Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and withdraw from him, that he may be smitten and die" (2 Samuel 11:15).

   David had plotted Uriah's death! That was murder! You don't have to stick a knife into a man to murder him. Plotting his death in such a manner as this is just as effective as murder.

   After Nathan, the priest, accused David of his crime, he repented. He wrote, "I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin (Psalm 32:5).

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   God forgave him, but David reaped the consequences of his sin. Bathsheba mourned the death of her husband, and then (prior to his repentance in front of Nathan) King David took her to wife and she bore him a son. "But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD" (2 Samuel 11:27).

   The child that "Uriah's wife bare unto David was very sick." David loved the baby and prayed that the Lord might spare him but "It came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died." God did not permit the child of the sin to live. David grieved. He grieved not only because of the death of this baby, but because of the many troubles which then came to him through the actions of his wives and children. God had warned him, "I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house" (2 Samuel 12:11).

   We bring suffering on our own head when we sin. Just as the young girl who wrote the letter quoted above has brought unhappiness to herself through her sin, so does everyone who commits adultery.

   I want to help you not to commit these sins. You can do this by remembering that passion is a chain reaction. Don't think you can play with it. If you are married and for some reason separated from your wife or husband, conduct yourself accordingly. Don't dare to date! You have no right to do it and you don't know where it might lead. Scripture says, "He knows our frame, he remembers that we are dust" (Psalm 103:14). Remember your own frame, remember, that you are dust and don't take chances!

   If the pattern of your life is such that you are not tempted to commit adultery, don't be puffed up. Remember how our Lord treated the woman who had committed adultery and was brought to Him to be stoned. "He . . . said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him case the first stone at her." No one would qualify, so He said to her, "Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more" (John 8:7 and 11).

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18. FLEE HOMOSEXUALITY

   There is one sin that is either becoming more common as our nation careens on its downward way into the abyss, or else those who commit it are becoming more defiant. That sin is homosexuality. I have read that John Foster Dulles has had to dismiss 325 employees from the United States Department of State for this practice! [Webmaster's note: the United States Department of Defense released 13,425 servicemembers for identifying themselves as homosexual, between 1993 to 2009]

   Recently the president of a college in California told his wife that he was going to New York to hire some professors. He came to New York all right, but for the purpose of finding some with whom to indulge in homosexuality. He picked out a detective by mistake and was arrested. It was in the newspapers at the time.

   The Bible is plain about this sin.

   "Even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another: men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not convenient (Romans 1:27,28).

The homosexuals were so vile that even God gave them up!

   Those who commit the sin of homosexuality are especially difficult to help. That is because they are defiant about their sin. They excuse themselves, claiming they were born different from the rest of us. My friend, Dr. Clyde Narramore, who is a Consultant in Research and Guidance for the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, says, "There are several theories for the cause of homosexuality. It has been suggested that it is an inherited tendency. Studies have indicated that this has only been true in less than one per cent of the cases studied. Another theory suggests that homosexuality is prompted by lack of balance of the sex hormones in the system. This theory is plausible because it is true that both males and females have in their systems hormones of the opposite sex.

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Experimentally, however, while it was found that some homosexuals showed lack of balance, many did not."*

   As long as any one is defiant about his sin, until he accepts the Bible's estimation of it, no one can help him. The only possible way for a homosexual to be helped is to admit and confess his sin and come to Christ. Only then can the Lord help him. In the case of the homosexual, who has gone so far from the normal path of life, the advice of a Christian psychologist would be helpful in leading him out of his maze of confusion. Effort must be made to normalize the life in all ways.

   There is a definite hope for any and all sinners. The Apostle Paul reminds us, "And such were some of you" (1 Cor. 6:11). That verse follows the passage about fornicators, adulterers and homosexuals. We cannot deny the truth that some who are now Christians have committed all the sins that the Apostle Paul mentioned but we do not need to practice these sins any more. Why? Because we gain a new outlook, ". . . old things are passed away; behold all things are become new" (2 Cor. 5:17). "Ye are bought with a price" (1 Cor. 6:20). And what a price!

Jesus paid it all,

All to him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow.

19. FLEE SIN

   I have tried to mention all the forms of sex sins that may tempt you, but in case I have missed your special one, let's consider sin in general and the results of committing any sin. God dealt with all iniquity (sin), all wickedness, when He gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. He said, "I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation." That means,

* Life and Love, p. 156. Zondervan, 1956.

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if you commit adultery, God is going to punish both you and your children and your grandchildren and your great-grandchildren.

   You may object, "Jack, that isn't fair. Do you mean that if I go out and live a fast and double life in sin that I not only might get a venereal disease and end up in the insane asylum but God is going to punish my children?"

   You may not think it is fair, but go to any medical doctor and he will tell you that it is a scientific fact.

   Max Jukes, the atheist, lived a godless life. 540 of his descendants were traced. He married an ungodly girl, and from this union there were 310 who died as paupers, 150 were criminals, 7 were murderers, 100 were drunkards, and more than half of the women were prostitutes. His descendants cost the State one and a quarter million dollars.

   But praise the Lord, it works both ways! There is a record of a great American man of God, Jonathan Edwards. He lived at the same time as Max Jukes, but he married a godly girl. An investigation was made of 1,394 known descendants of Jonathan Edwards: 13 became college presidents, 65 college professors, 3 United States Senators, 30 judges, 100 lawyers, 60 physicians, 75 army and navy officers, 100 preachers and missionaries, 60 authors of prominence, one vice-president of the United States, 80 public officials in other capacities, 295 college graduates, among whom were governors of states and ministers to foreign countries. His descendants did not cost the State one single dollar.

   Another godly man who left a blessing for his children was Andrew Murray, minister and writer who lived in South Africa. Eleven of his children grew to adult life. Five of the sons became ministers and four of the daughters became minister's wives. In the next generation, ten grandsons became minister's wives and thirteen grandchildren became missionaries. The blessing of Andrew Murray was on his life, his sons' lives,

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his grandsons' lives and still continues. "The memory of the just is blessed" (Proverbs 10:7).

   Let's not forget that when the Bible says a man will reap what he sows there is a good side to that truth also. Scripture says, "He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting" (Galatians 6:7). Many are the blessings that come to the young man or young girl who lives a godly life.

20. FOLLOW AFTER CHRIST

   There is one answer to this sin question — and that answer is Christ! I know, because as a teenager I was a jazz-happy kid, disillusioned, with a great void in my heart, which I kept trying to gratify by worldly pleasures and entertainment.

   I didn't know Christ, though my parents insisted that I go to church — any church. I went to one church after another. Maybe I didn't stay long enough in any of them to find anything. Whatever the cause, I wasn't satisfied or even mildly interested.

   When I reached seventeen years of age I decided I'd had enough. I wasn't going to many more churches of any kind. This was during the depression. My dad lost his job and I had to quit high school before graduation to help support the family. I sold fire insurance in the daytime and led a dance band at night,. Pretty good one, too, with plenty of bookings at fraternities, clubs and sorority dances!

   To make things more interesting I joined the 101st Cavalry Band in Brooklyn, which met one evening each week. It was here that I met George Schilling. At band practice one night he gave me a Gospel of Saint John. I chuckled and said, "What's the idea, George? You're the last one in the world I thought would be giving out Bibles."

   "I've taken the Lord Jesus as my personal Saviour," was his reply.

   I tried to hand the Gospel back, but he insisted I take it. To be polite, I put it in my pocket. On my way home, while

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standing in the railroad station, I put my hand in my pocket and found the Gospel. I stared at it, reading the cover, and decided it would have been bad enough if it had said "Gospel of John," but that Gospel of Saint John business seemed to burn me up. I thought, Boy, what a Holy Joe I would be carry around the Gospel of Saint John! So I tore it to pieces and threw it off the railroad platform.

   The next week George asked, "Did you read the Gospel of John?"

   "No, I tore it up. I don't go for that Saint business. I'm a Protestant."

   George insisted on giving me another Gospel. I said, "George, I don't want religion."

   "But this isn't religion. "It's Christ," he explained.

   I still refused to read any Gospel of Saint John.

   About six months after this we all left for army camp for summer maneuvers. I thought, George will forget all about his religion on this jaunt, for last summer George committed every sin in the book.

   When we got there, some of the fellows began using the name of the Lord in vain. George said, "Listen, fellows, the Name that you are dragging down is the Name that is taking me to heaven." I had to admit just saying that took a lot of nerve. But George didn't stop there. When it was time to retire, he got his Bible, sat with a flashlight shining on it, read it and then prayed. We swore at him and threw shoes at him but he stayed with it.

   And then I began to think: Here is a man who was just like the rest of us last summer, but something has changed him. Finally, I decided that he had something which I didn't have and whatever it was, I wanted it.

   That fall he invited me to a gospel meeting in Brooklyn and I went. At the meeting several people got to their feet and told what Christ meant to them. I had never heard of such a thing before. The more they talked, and the more

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the preacher preached, the angrier I became. That was the Holy Spirit bringing me under conviction. I didn't like anything about that meeting. I didn't like the way the preacher talked about sin, righteousness and judgment. I didn't even like that the holy hope of heaven was by the new birth. I didn't like any of it and I left the meeting really angry.

   That night at home, as I lay on my bed in the darkness of my room, suddenly it seemed as if all the blackness of eternity loomed before me. God had brought me to this point and I realized for the first time in my life that I, too, was a sinner for whom Jesus Christ, God's Son, had died and shed His blood on the Cross of Calvary.

   Somehow I slipped out of bed, got down on my knees and admitted to God that my life had been stained, marred and blackened with sin. I asked Him right there and then to save me for Jesus' sake. That night I passed from death unto life. Simple? Yes, but that's how I came to be a Christian and found how wonderful life in Christ can be. And that's why I want to tell you, if you aren't a Christian, exactly how to become one.

   Don't be self-righteous. Don't be deceived by the fact that you may not smoke, drink, dance, or indulge in promiscuous sin. You can live a completely negative life but this doesn't have anything to do with your being a saved, redeemed Christian. Being a Christian consists of more than things you don't do. It is a positive, divine relationship with God through Christ.

   Don't reform. Some of you have lived lives that are stained by sin. You have committed many, maybe all, the sex sins I have mentioned. Or maybe you haven't, but you are capable of them. And so you think you had better reform, you had better clean up your life, turn over a new leaf. No, reformation won't help you get to heaven. Reformation is an empty thing. Scripture says of self-reformation, "When the unclean spirit

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is gone out of man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first" (Matthew 12:44-45).

   That's the trouble with self-reformation. It leaves you empty. Just as nature abhors a vacuum so does the devil abhor a spiritual vacuum. When he sees one, he rushes to fill it and your life becomes worse than it was before.

   Don't rely on church membership. I most certainly want to see every Christian a member of a good, sound, Bible-preaching church, working for the Lord; but church membership, baptism, taking sacraments, learning the catechism, being confirmed — none of those things even help you to be saved. Nearly every day you can pick up a newspaper and see where some choir member or Sunday school teacher has become involved in sex sins. The newspapers delight in playing up the person's church membership. When the Lord was here on earth, the most self-righteous men were the Pharisees. They made a show of their religion, wearing ostentatious phylacteries and making long prayers. Jesus called them "a generation of vipers" (Matthew 12:34). No, church membership in itself is not enough.

   Lip service is in the same category. Without the heart it isn't enough. I know that some of you go to youth meetings and go forward and then go out and live the same as you always have. But you only fool yourself. God knows there is no difference in your life. The Lord Jesus told the parable of two sons, saying,

. . . “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

“ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

“Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him." (Matthew 21:28-32)

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   God can see if you are just giving lip service. When you go forward at a meeting there should be repentance and heartfelt belief. If there isn't, all the public show doesn't mean anything.

   Don't think you can be neutral. Too many people seem to think there are three classes of people: those who are going to hell, those who are going to heaven, and in-betweeners like themselves. They say they haven't made up their minds yet. But the Lord Jesus says, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathered not with me scattereth abroad" (Matthew 12:30). The Bible knows of only two classes. "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (1 John 5:12). So if you have not made up your mind to believe in Christ, then you are really living in unbelief, lost and bound for hell.

   Don't delay. Maybe you have not committed your life to Christ because you think you could not live as a Christian should. Of course you can't. You couldn't live this present life until you were born into it, and you can't live the Christian life until you are born into God's family. The Lord tells you plainly, "Ye must be born again" (John 3:7). Then Christ will live the Christian life for you; no one else can do it.

   All your excuses stem from pride. So discard them and seek the Lord. "Those that seek me early shall find me" (Proverbs 8:17).

   Come voluntarily. No one can make the decision for you, nor does God push Himself on anyone. God doesn't draft men and women into His army. You enlist. A minister can bring

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you to the water of life but he can't make you drink. God has given you a most precious gift — the gift of will. What you do with "time" and "eternity" is up to you. The Lord says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him" (Rev. 3:20). He is knocking at your heart's door, but it is up to you to open the door.

   Come to the cross. Nearly every religion in America talks about Jesus. They cite Him as a good man, as an example for us all to follow. But when they consider Him only as a good example, then they are "denying the Lord that bought them" (2 Peter 2:2). He is much more than a teacher or an example. He is the Saviour! Jesus is the One "who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness" (1 Peter 2:24). For "ye were not redeemed with corruptible things . . . but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:18-19).

   As our great hymn says:

What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow

That makes me white as snow;

No other fount I know,

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

   Or that other great hymn:

There is a fountain filled with blood,

Drawn from Immanuel's veins

And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,

Lose all their guilty stains.

   Thank the Lord,

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe.

Sin had left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow.

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   There is only one thing for you to do:

   Receive Him as Saviour. It is not enough to know that Christ died on the Cross for your sins; you have to make a personal decision, for "as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 1:12). When you receive Him as Saviour, the sin question is settled for you.

   Last winter I was in Ottawa, Canada, holding a city-wide youth campaign. The first night I noticed a Christian businessman leading a young high school fellow to Christ. The next night he led two or three more. Each night of the campaign he kept leading people to Christ. One night I stopped him and said, "I would like to know you, sir. I appreciate your being in the inquiry room each night, winning people to the Lord. How long have you been a Christian?"

   "Just three years," he answered," and I'm trying to make up for lost time. I should have been saved years ago. If I had been, I would not have gotten into the mess that I've been in."

   Then he told me that he used to run a night club in Las Vegas, Nevada. He got in with the underworld and that led him into trouble with the police. As he explained, "I was arrested and sent to prison and when I finished serving my term I was deported from the United States to Canada. By the time I got to Canada, I was ready to listen to the Gospel and I was saved."

   I was so impressed that I asked him, if there was any possibility that he could come to New York some Saturday night and give his testimony at our Word of Life rally.

   "Jack, I can't come. You see, because of my sin I was deported and I can never enter the United States of America again as long as I live. But you know, even though I can never enter your country again, some day I'm going to enter God's heaven because I've been born into God's family."

   Think of that! Because of his sins, he couldn't come to New York,

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but because of the Cross of Calvary, he will go to a far better place — God's heaven.

   You, too, can go to heaven if you own up to the fact that you are a sinner and tell God that you believe Christ died on the cross for your sins and that you are receiving Him as Saviour. Do that and you'll be born again instantly into the family of God.

21. TEST YOUR TEMPTATIONS

   Now I hope you have taken the first step of the Christian life and have been "born again." You believe in Christ as your personal Saviour and you are ready to live for Him. Now you can test your temptations which come to you by these Scriptural rules:

 *(1) Is it of the world?

"If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you" (John 15:19).

   By the term "world" here is meant this "present evil world" — the vast godless world-system which is under the domination of the Evil One. As Christians we are exhorted to "love not the world" (1 John 2:15), but a further question arises, "How are we to discern whether a certain pursuit is 'of the world' or not?" In 1 John 2:16 the world is defined as "the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life." Any "amusement" which ministers along these avenues to the carnal nature is "of the world." Our blessed Lord prayed, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil" (John 17:15). Christians are in the world, but not of it. You will remember that it took God a very short time to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt, but it took Him forty years to get Egypt out of them.

  (2) Is it to the glory of God?

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Cor. 10: 31).

   The great principle which should govern a child of God is not a negative one, but a positive. The testing question is "Can I do this to the glory of God?"

*The New Man — Wallis, at all Christian book stores or order from Word of Life, Box 511, New York 8, N.Y. Cloth $1.00; Paper, 50 cents.

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  (3) Can you invoke the Divine blessing upon it?

"The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it" (Proverbs 10:22).

   If not, then clearly it does not rightly belong to the programme of one who has received the Divine life and is depending upon the blessing of the Lord which makes rich.

  (4) Is it a stumbling block to others?

"It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak: (Romans 14:21).

   Some indulgences, perhaps not sinful in themselves, must be avoided because of their effect upon others. Remember the "weaker brother"; who might be hindered by your action.

  (5) Has it the appearance of evil? This speaks for itself.

"Abstain from all appearance of evil" (1 Thess 5:22).

  (6) Is it a weight?

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us" (Hebrews 12:1).

   Weights should be laid aside as well as sins. A weight is anything that hinders. The Apostle is here referring to the Christian life as a race. There is nothing wrong in wearing an overcoat, but an athlete would "lay it aside" together with every other encumbrance, for the purpose of running the race. "All things are lawful . . . but all things are not expedient" (1 Cor. 6:12). Avoid anything that would slacken your pace.

  (7) Is its atmosphere good?

"Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness: and what communion has light with darkness?" (2 Cor. 6:14).

   Could you enjoy communion with God when indulging in that particular pleasure? Or has it the deadening effect of reducing your spiritual life to zero?

   These are searching tests, scripturally enjoined, and quite conclusive.

22. FOLLOW AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS

   Again, however, I say, it is not enough not to do things. You can live positively in the spirit of Christian victory. Teenagers come to me and ask, "Jack, do you really believe that

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victory over sin is possible in the life of a high school or college kid today?"

   "Yes," is my answer. "I believe that God planned for you to have deliverance from sin. That's the message of the Cross. Over and over the Bible tells us that there is deliverance in the Cross of Christ. The Bible says that the Lord came 'to preach deliverance to the captives' (Luke 4:18)."

   I tell you that you can live for Christ in high school, college, on the farm, in the factory or office, and be a joyous out-and-out Christian. When my son. Don, went to Maplewood (N.J.) Junior High, he was president of the student body and a friend of his, Bill Mauger, was president of the student body in Millburn, New Jersey. Both of these kids are soul-winning Christians.

   Another friend is Sarah Murray. She is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. We always look forward to having Sarah come to our Island camp at Schroon Lake, New York. Last year she fixed a beautiful pie for me. It was a lemon meringue pie, only the meringue happened to be shaving cream. That's just one sample of the things she thinks up.

   At her high school in Abington, PA, she ran against three fellows for the office of President of the Student Council. You know how you have to give a speech if you are running for election. When Sarah got up she thought she didn't have a chance, running against three big heroes around the school. So she decided to make her speech a testimony. After she told her running platform, she said, "And furthermore, if I am elected, there are going to be lot of changes around here and when it comes time for the senior prom, don't look for me for I shall not be there," and then she sat down!

   A Christian teacher in that school was sitting in back of two fellows, and one of them turned to the other and said, "I'm going to vote for that gal."

   "You are, why?" the other one asked.

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   "Well, it took nerve to say that. And I want to vote for a girl who's got that much courage."

   Sarah Murray won that election and did a terrific job as President of the Student Council.

   The experiences of Sarah, Don and Bill, and many more I could tell you about, prove that you can live all-out for Christ, and your school mates will respect you!

   But in order to live this Christian life, there are certain things God expects of you. His Word not only tells you to "flee also youthful lusts" (2 Tim. 2:22), but He says, "ever follow that which is good" (1 Thess. 5:15). Here are some definite things that you, as a young Christian, should follow:

   "Follow that which is good"Bible Study. If you read the life of D.L. Moody, or George Mueller, or any great saint of God, one whom God has greatly used, you will find that their strength for usefulness sprang from their reading the Bible, trusting God's promises and absolute obedience to His Word.

   They were like Jeremiah of old, who said, "Thy words were found and I did eat them and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart" (Jeremiah 15:16).

   The great lack in America today among Christians, even among evangelical, fundamental, Bible-believing Christians, is solid Bible study. Most people's Bible study is only what the pastor gives them on Sunday morning. If all we get from God every week is what we get on Sunday — that's not enough! I am all for going to church and hearing a Bible message, but you need more spiritual food than that. I am all for the big dinner every Sunday, but I also want my three squares on the other days of the week, Monday through Saturday.

   You need to read your Bible every day. Scripture asks, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?" And answers by saying, "By taking heed thereto according to thy word" (Psalm 119:9).

   There is no substitute for time spent with the Word of God. Master it. Make its truths your very own. As a great

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preacher once said, "Sin will keep you from the Word or the Word will keep you from sin."

   Set apart a quiet time each day, preferably in the morning, and read the Word of God. Try reading it through in a year. There are 929 chapters in the Old Testament, 260 in the New Testament, or a total of 1,189 chapters. That means you only have to read a little better than three chapters per day to read it through in a year. Set yourself to read four chapters each day and you'll read it in less than a year.

   After you read a chapter, try putting the key teaching into your own words. Keep a looseleaf notebook with your Bible. Write a summary of the chapter in it. Or, if some of the verses seem especially important, then devote all your quiet time to mastering those few verses. Write down what you have learned from the Word. This putting truths into your own words, helps you to fully comprehend what you have read.

   Read the King James version from cover to cover and then read some of the other versions of the Bible, such as the Phillips' Translation, or the one by Way, or by Williams. Another good translation is the Berkeley.* Compare them with the King James Version. If you can afford it, buy a Scofield Reference Bible.** All this will give you a clearer understanding of the Bible. {The Webmaster also recommends The New Living Translation Bible}

   Pick out the verse that seems the most helpful to you and memorize it. Put it not only in your notebook but in your heart. There are a lot of folks who memorize Scripture, read their Bible sometimes, yet have it hidden away only in their heads. If you ever expect it to affect your life, you must have it hidden away in your heart. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psalm 119:11).

   After you have read the Bible, then you are ready to do business with God in prayer. "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"

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(Matthew 7:17). If you want to have a thrill, list your prayer requests in your devotional notebook, and when God answers, check them off your list. It is marvelous to see God answer prayer.

   "Follow that which is good" — Faith. As you read the Bible, you will find that your faith grows. "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).

   As you read the Word of God and your faith increases, you will enjoy life. You will know for sure your sins are forgiven. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). You can't enjoy life as long as you are worried about your sins. People in America today are pouring thousands of dollars in the pockets of psychologists and psychiatrists to cure them of guilty complexes. Actually, the place to settle a guilt complex is at the Cross of Christ. And you have! So remember when God forgives your sins, He forgets them. "As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:12) and "Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depth of the sea" (Micah 7:19). A sense of complete forgiveness gives a fellow or girl a wonderful feeling, a new start in life.

   "Follow that which is good" — Victory over Sin. Let me illustrate for you the secret of victory over sin. I was with Gil Dodds in Madison Square Garden the night he broke Glen Cunningham's record and became holder of the world's record for the mile run. We were in the dressing room and I picked up his track shoes. I had never had his track shoes in my hand before. I had to look again to see if I had them in my hand, they were so light. They weighed about as much as a few feathers do.

   Now, there isn't one rule in the track book that says that Gil Dodds couldn't have gone out on the track that night in a heavy overcoat and overshoes. But if he had on an overcoat and overshoes, he would have been an "also ran" instead of

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a champion. Why did he wear a light pair of shoes? Because he was laying aside every weight, and that is what you, as a Christian, must do. "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1). You have to lay aside that sin which does so easily upset you; the sins mentioned in this book, such as the necking parties and other questionable things. You can't run a race with a weight and you can't live the Christian life if you are trying to hold onto sin.

   I read a story about Alexander the Great when he had just conquered one nation and was ready to move into Persia. His armies were all bogged down and could not seem to move with any speed. He could not figure out what was the matter with his men so he called his generals together and said, "Let's have an inspection and find out what's wrong."

   When they made the inspection they learned that in the last battle, there had been a lot of loot, gold and silver, and the soldiers had filled their pouches with this gold and silver.

   There was nothing wrong with their taking this loot. But the trouble was that they were so weighed down with gold and silver they couldn't march to victory. Alexander the Great immediately ordered every man to throw away his gold and silver. You can imagine how the soldiers griped but they obeyed. After they got rid of the weight, Alexander and men conquered Persia.

   There are a lot of things in our lives, we call them questionable, and you can argue whether they are right or wrong, but if they are keeping us from living the highest possible Christian life, they are weights.

   I remember when Malcolm Chandler was converted in 1949 at the Word of Life rally in New York. He was a cadet at West Point. Malcolm Chandler was converted on a Saturday night. Sunday afternoon he got a Bible and started reading it,

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All that time he was witnessing for the Lord. He invited me up to West Point to speak to a group of cadets the following Sunday. After dinner he said to me, "Jack, what's wrong with dancing?"

   "Mac, you've only been saved eight days. Don't worry about dancing."

   "But, Jack, I have to. I've been witnessing for Christ all week and last night I went to the hop as I often do. While I was dancing with my best girl, a cadet, who says he's an atheist, tapped me on the back and said, 'Hey, Mac, your halo's slipped!'

   "I didn't know what he was talking about so when the dance ended, I went over to him and said, 'What do you mean, my halo's slipped?' and he answered, 'Well, if you believe all the Bible stuff you've been giving us this week, you wouldn't be here on the dance floor tonight.' Now, Jack, how does that guy who says he doesn't believe anything know how I'm supposed to live as a Christian?"

   I answered, "Mac, that's one thing I've never been able to figure out. It is strange that the unconverted people in the world set higher standards for us Christians than we dare set for ourselves. But we have to remember that the crowd is watching us; therefore, let us set aside our besetting sins." As I answered him, I tell you — study your life. What are you doing that does not look right to your unsaved friends? What are you doing that might lead you into a greater sin? Whatever it is, stop doing it. God will give you something greater to take its place.

   "Follow that which is good" — Winning Others. The greatest privilege that a Christian can have is winning others to the blessed Lord. When you accept this challenge you will find you can win others to Christ wherever you are, as did my friend, Glenn Wagner. Back in 1928, he was a contemporary of the famous Red Grange on the University of Illinois football team.

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Glenn was a champ on the field and also of the fast and loose life.

   During Easter vacation he went home, and while there, he heard about a football star who was preaching the Gospel in Peoria. That didn't make sense to Glenn so he went to hear the man. The theater was so crowded he had to sit in the balcony. The speaker centered his message on the verse, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3).

   When the invitation to receive Christ as Saviour was given, Glenn Wagner left his seat in the balcony, went forward and gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. When he went back to the University there was proof that he was a changed man. Instead of holding forth a bottle of gin, he held forth the Bible to his friends. And Glenn has gone on to take the Gospel into many of the far corners of the earth, winning many to the Saviour.

   If you want to witness to others about the Lord, I would like to suggest that first you give them your testimony. That is something you know about. Then talk about the resurrection. Whenever I speak to people about Christ, I put strong emphasis on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. All other religious leaders are dead. The difference between Jesus Christ and the rest of the human race is that He lived, He died and He lives again.

   Sure, your friends are going to kid you, calling you "reverend" or "deacon" or "holy Joe" or "sky pilot." When they do, remember what the Lord said, "If you were of the world, the world would love its own, but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you. The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also" (John 15:19-20).

   Expect rebuff, but witness. Bob Zuppke, coach of the University

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of Illinois, used to say, "Now fellows, never mind so much about the defensive; you don't win football games by being on the defense. The best defensive is a good offensive." So let's be out on the firing line for Christ. "They overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death" (Rev. 12:11).

   The Lord never uses a fellow or a girl until he comes to the place of full surrender and is willing to say, "Lord, I am willing to die for you. I am willing to live for you." Sometimes it is a lot easier to die for Christ than to live for Him. You die in half a minute or so, but day by day you have to live a life of victory through Jesus Christ.

   "Follow that which is good" — Service. One of the best ways to have victory over sin is to keep busy in the service of the Lord Jesus. You know when I was first saved, in some respects my life was just like it was before. I sold insurance by day and played in the band at night. But I wanted to be sincere and was not given to half-hearted convictions or luke-warm enthusiasm. I prayed about my playing in a band and just as I was going to sign a good contract, the Lord closed the door.

   That contract meant much to me, for with this more secure job, I had planned to marry my sweetheart, Marge Smith. Her father was a prominent doctor and, at best, her family didn't favor my courting her. The loss of the job hurt. But one day she phoned me and told me that she had received Christ as her Saviour. I told her that I, too, had been saved a few months before. It wasn't long after this that we were married and have been living happily ever since.

   When we were first married, we had no real Christian fellowship so we organized a Bible study group in our home and read large portions of the Word. We started out preaching in the open air throughout New York City, at jail services, missions, gospel halls, gospel tent meetings and radio.

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   I chose as my life's verse, "Holding forth the Word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain" (Phil. 2:16).

   We organized a gospel team and held meetings in home-town churches. Our first attempt at a local meeting was in a Lutheran church usually closed Sunday nights. Although they gave us the permission to use the church, we were warned that it wasn't possible to get people to attend church on Sunday night. The first meeting drew 200. Within three months the church was filled to its capacity of 635, and from 20 to 60 gave their hearts to Christ each Sunday night.

   That's the way to live a victorious life — keep busy. Fill your life with service for the Lord. If you can sing, join the youth choir, join the regular choir, take voice lessons, learn to sing as soloist. If you can write, join the staff of the departmental paper, or the church paper, or the publicity committee. If you can type, volunteer to type for a Christian organization. There is plenty of work to be done. Ask the Lord to fill your hands and He will fill them so you won't have time to sin.

   "Follow that which is good" — The Right Mate. Probably God wants you to marry (unless He is calling you for a life of special service). If He does, He wants you to find the right mate.

   From the beginning of Scripture to the end, God is against godly men marrying ungodly women, and godly girls marrying ungodly men. Most of your life you have heard about Noah and the flood, but what was the cause of the sin that became so great that God destroyed every human being on earth but four men and four women: Noah, his sons and their wives? It was the sin of the godly mating with the ungodly.

   "The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose" (Gen. 6:2). In the very next verse we read, "The LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man." That means

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He would not be patient forever. He could see what was coming. He had had enough and He purified the race by wiping out those whose "every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5).

   Later in the Bible, when the Jews came back from captivity, settled in the promised land and took unto themselves strange wives, the Lord commanded, "Separate yourselves from the people of the land and from the strange wives" (Ezra 10:11).

   God knows that a mixed marriage, one between a believer and an unbeliever, drags down the believer and ruins the lives of the children. Recently I heard of the account of a young man who was an alcoholic and the psychologists explained, "The alcoholism was only a symptom. Michael had an idealistic, religious mother and an alcoholic atheistic father. Michael wavered between wanting to be like his father and wanting to be like mother."

   The conflict in the child leads to ruined, wrecked lives. Believe me, if you are a child of God and marry a child of the devil, you will be sure to have trouble with your father-in-law. Scripture rightly warns, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them: and I will be their God, and they shall be my people" (2 Cor. 6:14-16). Do we need any more reason than this promise to convince us to walk uprightly before God? "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2 Cor. 7:1).

   The advice that I am passing on to you works. I know, for God has given me a lovely Christian wife and a happy family. At the time of this writing, our oldest

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daughter, Mary-Ann, is in her last year at Wheaton College. Last July she married David Cox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Newberry Cox, who are missionaries to Guatemala. He graduated from Wheaton in June, 1957. Next year he plans to enter Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and from there they plan to go to the mission field.

   Our son Don is now a sophomore at Hampden DuBose Academy, Zellwood, Florida, where he is President of the student body of the Maplewood (New Jersey) Junior High School. For a year and a half he played the piano and organ on the Word of Life Hour radio broadcast. Don is a radiant Christian, living all out for the Lord, and using his talent for God.

   Our daughter Betsy is now in her eighth year of grammar school. She carries her Bible and is a bright witness, leading others to Christ. She is looking forward to going to Hampden DuBose Academy next year. David, who is now 8, already witnesses to his teachers and classmates. Ron, our youngest, is five and is in kindergarten. He just recently made his decision for Christ.

23. YOU AND SEX

   You can see the Bible has plenty to say about sex. Sex is important. It is in every fibre of creation. It is part of the warp and woof of every life. It colors our thoughts, our desires. Sex, in itself, is not sinful. It can be an expression of love, of beauty in our lives, or it can be an expression of the craven part of our nature and ruin our lives.

   All the Bible has to say about sex is that the abuse of sex is sin. Actually, God wants sex to have a place in your life. He planned for sex to be a part of your marriage, a relationship which God blessed from the beginning: "Male and female created he them. Be fruitful," God said, "and multiply and replenish the earth . . ." (Gen. 1:27-28).

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   The New Testament states plainly, "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled" (Hebrews 13:4). But remember it also says "whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Hebrews 13:4).

   Treat sex according to God's plan for it and it will enrich your life. God always wants the best for His children, that they be upright, stalwart, resisting temptation, living up to the highest.

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