God’s Hall of Fame

by Bill Rudge

As a teenager I wanted to be accepted by a group of older guys, so I was motivated to lift weights and train in the martial arts until I achieved that goal. However, the desire to be accepted by these older guys (which I accomplished) was replaced when I became a Christian at age 18, with a passion to be inducted into God’s Hall of Fame.

The aim of my life since then has been to, hopefully, be included one day in what Hebrews chapter 11 refers to as “heroes of the faith.” What an eternal honor that would be – well worth any sacrifice I may have to make to attain it!

Guarding Your Life Against Immorality

by BJ Rudge, Ph.D.

With a click of the remote control or a computer mouse, we can instantly enter a sexual fantasy world. Just checking our e-mail can result in a host of unwanted sexual words and images. The pervasiveness of this licentious culture has infiltrated the Church. In light of this reality, what steps can believers take to guard themselves?

I heard the following helpful insights in a chapel service (while working on my master’s degree) at Talbot Theological Seminary. A study based on 200 male seminary graduates who had fallen prey to sexual immorality revealed that there were four traits missing in the lives of these men.

First, these men did not spend personal time with God. They lacked an intimate prayer and devotional life. Perhaps, because of busy schedules and the demands of ministry, they felt they did not have time to pray and study God’s Word. However, we must meditate daily upon God’s Word (Joshua 1:8; Matthew 4:4) and live a life of continual prayer (Colossians 4:2). These “holy habits”were a trademark of Jesus’ ministry on earth (Matthew 14:23; 26:36-44; Mark 6:46; 14:32; Luke 6:12; 9:28).

Second, these men had no personal accountability. The Christian life is not to be spent in isolation, but lived out within the community of other believers. Every Christian needs the encouragement and edification of other believers. We all need at least one person who loves us enough to encourage us when we are feeling discouraged and to correct us when we are living in opposition to the standards of God’s Word.

Third, 90 percent of these men got involved in sexual promiscuity by counseling women. In order to avoid becoming emotionally and/or sexually involved with someone we are helping, we must not be alone with them. Paul told Titus it is the duty of older women to instruct/encourage younger women (Titus 2:3-5). Believers should stay away from inappropriate situations (being alone, “friendly” flirtation, coarse joking, etc.). We should conduct ourselves in a manner reflective of God’s holiness as we follow the examples of Joseph (Genesis 39:6-12) and Job (Job 31:1) to flee situations and avoid thoughts that may compromise us.

Fourth, these men had the attitude that they were immune or “too spiritual” to fall prey to the deceptions and lure of sexual immorality. May we never think we are invulnerable to the temptations of sexual immorality. Rather, may we humbly walk daily in the grace of God as we seek to live a life which reflects His holiness. Rather than being like those who seek after the pleasures and lusts of the flesh, God commands His children to pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace (2 Timothy 2:22).

My prayer is that believers will not be swept away by the promiscuity and perversions of our culture, but will stand firm on God’s Word, living a life that is characterized by self-control and that is reflective of the holy character of God Almighty.

The Truth About Pornography

by Darlinda McDonald

Former porn stars Shelley Lubben and Jessica Neely shine a light into the dark world of pornography:

In Lubben’s biographical DVD, Out of the Darkness, she states, “When people view pornography they are really watching mentally ill and physically diseased people have sex.” She also said that all the girls she has helped rescue from the porn industry so far, except one, did not have a good relationship with their father.

Lubben also has written a book called, Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn: the Greatest Illusion on Earth. The book reveals an industry that tries to portray a world of glamour and pleasure but the truth is that the adult film world consists of brutality, degradation, threats, manipulation, rape, trafficking, disease, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide.

In a LifeSiteNews article, Lubben was asked, “If you could say one thing to someone who’s looking at pornography, what would you say?” She said, “You’re contributing to your demise, and to your family’s demise, and your wife’s. I can’t tell you how many porn addicts have lost their families and jobs. And they’re contributing to children being raped. … Right now there are little children being drugged and raped. How could anyone click on porn knowing that?”

Former porn star Jessica Neely made this comment in the same article: “Lust is something that is never going to be satisfied. It is a trap that makes you resent your wife. My job was to make you hate your wife. Lust is a monster that can never be satisfied. The very end-road of an all-consuming addiction is a guaranteed death. You are going to lose everything.”

Inspire Your Generation…

by Bill Rudge

Following in Moses’ footprints after his death, Joshua’s example of dedication to the Lord inspired his generation. Joshua’s influence was felt not only during his lifetime, but for years after his death.

This profound statement is recorded in Joshua 24:31:

Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua ….

May our example and the testimony we bear motivate our children and grandchildren to live for the Lord all the days of our lives and their lives. And may they, in turn, influence their children and grandchildren to also serve the Lord after we are gone.