A few weeks ago we decided to launch our Purity Resolution. The idea was actually birthed during the planning stages for our summer youth camp that we have each year, unfortunately due to time constraints we weren’t able to implement it into the camp program. However, we were able to get a good following in our weekly youth service, so it was all good.
A lot of questions would arise when you make a purity pact of sorts, especially in a youth ministry. Questions like “I thought Christians aren’t supposed to be legalistic?”, “What happens if you break the pact? Will the person get disciplinary action?”, “I’m in a relationship, so am I supposed to break it off?”, and so on. All valid questions, but essentially, they can all be answered by tackling the simple point of it all: What is this Purity Resolution?
Well obviously it’s a commitment. Is it a covenant? Well, let’s not go to extremes, but let your convictions lead you. It’s a commitment that you, as an individual, are accountable to both God and the people you trust with your thoughts and actions, and not just in the area of sexual immorality. Yes, of course, that’s one of the main issues, but let’s not just focus on that because the sin of sexual immorality is actually a very broad sin in terms of what can trigger it, and how it spawns into other sins.
The point is that we want the youth to start moving in a resolved direction, and that direction is towards God. Purity can be interchanged with holiness–sanctification, one of the works of the Holy Spirit within us when we accept the Lord. But just because the Holy Spirit is working holiness within us, doesn’t mean we can just sit back and relax, no, we need to actively strive for it, because remember that “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) If the enemy is actively prowling around looking for people to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10), we need to be active in our defense as well, 1 Peter 5:8 actually opens with “Be alert and of sober mind.” Be alert! That’s active. Sober mind, that’s passive steadiness.
The Purity Resolution is our way of sharing to the youth a level of alertness. We’re not telling you to do this, and do that, no we want to share to you the importance of unwavering commitment towards Christ.
Accountability and the pursuit of holiness. That’s the whole point of the pact.
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4)
If you would like a copy of the Purity Resolution, please feel free to download it from this link.