Doug Wilson, in the second chapter of his book Fidelity, lays out five practical helps for fighting sexual sin:
- Learn the gospel. Learning the deep truths of the gospel of grace trains us to renounce sin and to pursue righteousness (Titus 2:11-12).
- Learn about sanctification. Seek to understand the war currently being waged between our flesh and God’s Spirit in us. In learning this we come to understand that “Christ has redeemed our bodies and that he therefore owns them.” Thus, “when a man [or woman] commits sexual sin, he [or she] is vandalizing the property of another (1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Fidelity, pg. 34).”
- Learn self-discipline and embrace suffering. A person who can control themselves in other areas will more easily be able to control their sexual desires. Suffering for Christ serves as a means of killing sin (1 Peter 4:1-3).
- Learn from bad examples. “We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day… Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction” (1 Corinthians 10: 8, 11).
- Run. Just as Joseph fled Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39), Paul instructs Timothy (and by extension, us) to flee from sexual immorality (2 Timothy 2:22).