5 Stratiges for Fighting Sexual Sin

Doug Wilson, in the second chapter of his book Fidelity, lays out five practical helps for fighting sexual sin:

  1. 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).
  2. 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).”
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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).

One thought on “5 Stratiges for Fighting Sexual Sin

  1. You’ve chosen a good topic to address considering all the resources the enemy has invested in his advertising campaign to lure new recruits in this area.
    Prov 5:1-14, 6:23-35, 7:1-27 also offer not only great advice in avoiding sexual temptation but also a pretty graphic picture of what it’s consequences are. I also like the advice given by Richard Exley that sexual temptation is easiest to overcome at the very outset of the thought – at the immediate moment you recognize it for what it is. Referring to Prov 6:25, the evil worman/adulteress will not be able to “…catch you with her eyelids.” if you look away.

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