Call 540 672 5671  |  
Mon-Thur 8:30 am-5:30 pm; Fri 8:30-12:30 EST
Life of Faith

Purity from the Inside Out

Experience the freedom of sexual purity as it was originally intended!

By Gillian Bethel

In an era obsessed with sexuality, what is the point of purity? Why not just go with the flow? Why swim upstream?

It’s because purity is worth it. Purity means we are in control of ourselves instead of being driven by our feelings. It implies we can choose a higher moral response instead of being defeated by circumstances. Purity is freedom! Sexual purity, in particular, can enhance our lives in two main ways.

First, if we begin thinking impure thoughts about someone, responding to them inappropriately, or seeking them out against our better judgment, we can win against our feelings and do what’s right.

By exercising self-control, we can prevent damage to emotions and relationships—others’ and our own.

Exercising moral self-control may sound boring to some people; but it’s actually satisfying and freeing to have a clear conscience because we chose pure thoughts and actions when

You have met your free view limit.
To access the full article, please login or subscribe.

Subscribe Today

Last Generation is a magazine for people seeking spiritual answers to the current issues of our times.

Your subscription will give you:

  • Immediate access to all web content, including archives as they are expanded
  • Special access to web-only articles
  • A 32-page copy of Last Generation Magazine delivered to your home 6 times a year*
Subscribe Today

*Digital-only subscriptions also available


  1. A term coined by cultural anthropologist Peter Wilson to describe one way of gaining prestige in peer groups.

About the author

Gillian Bethel, PhD, worked in stress management for many years. She is passionate about making Christianity practical for daily challenges.