Defining sexual purity demands point of reference or a standard against which to determine purity or impurity (or immorality). So Appeal for Purity uses only Bible, the Word of God, to define sexual purity. In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 5, we find very intriguing definition of sexual purity Jesus made.
“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28
Losing virginity, sleeping with a person only once or twice is not the question here. The ball of purity drops and touches the ground when one’s heart being enticed by the thought of having sex with someone they are not married to. So, purity or immorality is not all about a physical action but a condition of one’s heart.
Jesus reckons His people above and beyond the written law that says “You shall not commit adultery” but goes ahead of the game by addressing the issue of the heart. If one sets on doing something in his/her heart, it is a matter of time before what is conceived in the heart comes out as action.
That is why the Bible says:
“Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
Once a mind and a heart of a person are allowed a thought to linger, body won’t have any strength, authority and power to refuse to express it in action. It is not the body that needs instruction but the heart and mind of a person.
Paul says this:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
If one’s mind and heart refused for a thought to linger, the body can’t act it out by its own. The body needs approval of a heart and a mind for it to accomplish the action whether it be good or bad things. What a body tends to do it in a continuous pattern identifies what a person really believes and embraces in her/his heart. Either way, what captivates the heart and mind of the person wins the full participation of the body to express it in action, in a continuous pattern.
Praying, and reading and meditating the Word of God (Bible) is then the only way to captivate the heart and mind for the message of sexual purity.