The Supreme Court Has Ruled...What Now?

Ben Schettler - Friday, June 26, 2015

I am finishing a historic day for our nation in the Atlanta airport.  As I wait for my flight I am trying to make sense of what the monumental decision handed down by the Supreme Court will mean to the church, to my family, and to the people I see busily walking by me.  As the culture shifts, there is a part of me that just wishes God would change His mind.  That somehow the Bible could be re-written.  Of course God can't change.  He is perfect.  And it is my imperfection that causes me to question Him.  

As we struggle forward, here are some observations worth considering.    

1. Love Wins.  #LoveWins has trended on thousands of celebratory posts.  And the celebrators are right, love does win!  I am not worried.  I am not afraid.  God is in control.  He is alive from the dead.  In the end His love wins out over all! 

2.  We invited the secular into the sacred and now we are surprised, disappointed, and in some cases outraged at the results.  Perhaps it is the church that needs to brush up on its definition of marriage.  Marriage is a covenant between a man a woman and God.  How did the government get involved in all of this?  Why have we as the church allowed our definition of marriage to extend beyond the sacred covenant that it is?  Why have we allowed so much of our identity as Christians to be confused with our identity as Americans?  Why do we expect non-Christian leaders to behave biblically?  My faith is not in a document in Washington and my marriage is not validated by a document in the county courthouse.  

3.  The marriage we should be most concerned about is our own or the one we might have someday.  As I think about the many couples that will enter a union with each other, I also think of the heart-break and trouble that will come to some in a union of the same sex just as it has come to many marriages of the opposite sex.  Not only was marriage designed for a man and a woman it was designed for two perfect people, Adam and Eve.  Our own imperfection is the great obstacle to marital happiness.

Today I could spend my time thinking about how our government has missed the mark in its definition of marriage.  Perhaps this is good to reflect on. 

But let me spend far more time concerned with my own marriage.  My wife deserves my love and devotion to her.  Let me focus on her and us before I focus on anyone else. 

4.  The rainbow has been pulled from its biblical roots to be synonymous with the celebration of non-heterosexual sex.  I doubt the gay community realizes how appropriate the symbol they have chosen for their movement is.  A rainbow is more than just a beautiful array of colors in the sky.  It is a promise.  A covenant between God and all humankind that He will never again destroy the world with a flood no matter how unholy our behavior is.

Whenever I see the rainbow I think of God’s mercy for me.  I am deserving of God’s judgement.  I am impeferct.  Flawed.  Broken.  Sinful. 

Yet God extended His mercy to me through His great love.  As the rainbow flag flies I am reminded of God's merciful promise.  I am reminded to love with the love I have been loved with.  

How can I hold back mercy for someone who God loves so deeply?

5.  It’s incredibly important to teach our children the truth of the Bible.  Clearly we are walking into a time where opposites are celebrated.  While it might be easy to fire off some choice words on social media directed at those with whom you disagree, the greatest opportunity you may have to make a difference is in your own home with your own children.  Our children must learn from our actions and our words.  May both line up with the Bible.  (Teaching the next generation the truth is what Pure. Truth. is all about.)  

6.  Perhaps the greatest reminder of the day is how important the gospel really is.  Without it we are lost.  The gospel brings meaning and clarity to life that no marriage can.  It brings hope for the future and grace for today.  We need the gospel.  We need Jesus.  We need His love.   And what we need is available.  He is there for anyone who will recieve Him!  

What are your thoughts on the Supreme Court's ruling?  I would love to hear what you think.     

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100 Million Reasons Pornography Has Become A Problem With Women

Ben Schettler - Monday, August 25, 2014

Right now outside of the Bible 50 Shades of Grey is the most popular book in the world.  This story of fantasy, lust, and sexual adventure has captivated the feminine mind and propelled the genre of literary erotica to an unprecedented popularity.  It has now sold over 100,000,000 copies.  I didn't make a mistake.  There are not too many zeros in that number.  One-hundred million.  The book has surpassed popular series like Twilight and even Harry Potter.   The majority of those copies have been sold to women.  

It has come.

There is a feminine counterpart to the primarily masculine addiction of pornography.

There is a new opportunity for depravity.  Lust with a feminine design is now creeping into the hearts of women.  Chapter by chapter 50 Shades of Grey perverts the mind of its readers leaving them jaded and deluded about the person God made them.  In many ways the arrival of a new taboo seems expected.  Why wouldn't our culture take another step down the stairwell to depravity?  I wish I was shocked.  I wish I could say I am sitting here gasping in horror.  But I am not. 

I have been speaking around the country for several years now predicting a sociological apocalypse.  A complete downfall of American culture because of an inability for us to understand our humanness.  We have been degraded to animals and we are behaving more like them everyday.     Undoubtedly the confusion that the gender delusion movement has weaved into our culture will ultimately unravel the fabric of our society.  

We are obsessed with sex.  

So what is the answer?  Can we do anything about this?  Unfortunately in a short blog article I can not explain to you the underlining principles that have pushed us to where we are now.  I recommend attending one of our conferences to get the full scoop.   However here are 8 things I would like to share that I believe will be helpful:  

1.  Don't read Fifty Shades of Grey.  What has shocked me, is the number of Christian people that have reportedly read this book.  It seems obvious but, apparently this needs to be said.  

2.  Protect your heart from mental pornography and visual pornography.  Realize threats exists beyond nude photography.  There is a new taboo.  

3.  Understand that sexual impurity is not exclusively a masculine problem.  Historically messages and teachings about purity have been directed at men.  Purity is a problem of the heart and affects both genders.  Women are not exempt.  

4.  Renew your mind.  The Bible says not to be conformed to this world.  The transformation from "the world" to "the truth" comes through "the renewing of our minds."  If meditation in the pages of scripture was important before, it is even more important now.  

5.  Protect your children.  Parents need to be aware that both sons and daughters are being exposed to perversions on multiple levels.  Protect your children through internet filters on their phone and through a one on one continuous dialogue where they learn the truth about purity.  You children will get answers about sex.  Make sure those answers come from you.  

6.  Make purity a HUGE priority.   This isn't a small problem its a big problem.  Big problems require significant effort when it comes to finding their solutions.  If you do not begin to make a pursuit of sexual purity a significant part of your life failure may be imminent.  

7.  Deepen your marriage.  Never has there been a time to grow closer to your spouse.  Husbands must pursue their wives with love as Christ loved the church.  Wives do not allow your husband to drift away.  Alternatives to a healthy relationship are dangled in front of us now more than ever.  We must grow closer with our spouse and make a greater effort to do so.  

8.  Trust the Savior.  God is in control.  He is all-powerful and if He is for us who can be against us?  Success can only be found in Him but, it can be found!   

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What Is The Worst Thing You Can Do To Your Child?

Ben Schettler - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Worst or best are hard to quantify.  Trying to decide what the absolute worst thing that a parent could do to a child may spark some unwanted discussion.  So let me phrase what I want to say by using the phrase, "one of the worst things…"  

As a national speaker and someone that hears many honest confessions of teens, I have come to the conclusions that one of the worst things you can do to a child is to give them unfiltered or unsupervised access to the internet.  

It's time we begin to realize that pointing our children away from the porn section of the magazine rack isn't enough.  If they have a cell phone with internet access they have all of the world's pornography right in their pocket.  Let me say that again.  They have all the world's pornography right in their pocket!  That availability is dangerous!  

I can't tell you the winning lottery numbers, I am not a prophet.  But I can tell you an unfiltered/unaccountable device owned by a teen will be used to access pornography.  That leaves you with a choice.  Hope that your teen is the exception to an almost unavoidable trend or wake up to the reality that your child just might be accessing what you didn't expect.  

Teens are curious.  They have a tendency towards sin.  And they have hormones "raging."  We can not give them a device, with no accountability, that will open them to a world of nudity and sex! 

I am sure we could think of all types of behavior that could be considered "the worst thing you could do to your child."  There is little reason to debate over that.  As parents or leaders we should try to avoid anything that might even come close to making the final cut. 

Please don't contribute to your child's failure make sure they are protected online!   For a recommendation on Purity Accountability services you can read here.   

Make sure your have a filter on your computer!  It is one of the BEST things you can do for your child!  


Pure. Truth. and Covenant Eyes.

Ben Schettler - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

When it comes to protecting your children and family from impurity online is a quality internet accountability service.  Pure. Truth. has developed a partnership and relationship with Covenant Eyes.  This service has a mission to help families stay protected online.  I like any company that is interested in helping families but I love how this company has a specific mission and passion to help others live holy!  You can read more about how Covenant Eyes is helping families here.  Through Pure. Truth.'s partnership with Covenant Eyes you can receive one free month of completely free services!  Just use promo code:  pure truth when you sign up.  

Covenant Eyes provides two types of internet services:

Online Accountability:  This service allows you to search anywhere online but provides a mentor or parent a list of the history and search terms you have used online.  This weekly report opens a dialogue between the user and the person or parent keeping the user accountable.  For many teens or young adults knowing that someone will receive a report of every place they have been online is a deterrent to wrong choices.

Online Filtering:  This services blocks sites that have questionable or pornographic material.  For families with young children who go online this type of service is a must.  Unfortunately pornographic companies begin targeting children at age 11.  Most children stumble on pornographic material for the first time while working on homework or some type of school project.  

Covenant Eyes keeps your children and family from stumbling onto these sites by blocking pornographic pictures and information.  For more information about Covenant Eyes and to get a free month of their services visit them at www.covenanteyes.com.  Promo Code:  pure truth


Seven Bible Verses On Purity Everyone Should Know

Ben Schettler - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What is the key to staying pure?  The Bible!  The word of God is our weapon in the Battle of Purity!  Here are seven verses on purity everyone should know.  


1.  Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

2.  Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

3.  Psalm 19:8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

4  Psalm 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

5.  I Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned


6.  I John 3:2-3  Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

7.  Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

What are some other great verses on Purity you can add to this list?  

Eleven Incredible Reasons To Attend The Pure Truth Conference!

Ben Schettler - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

1.  You don't want to be Blind, spiritually that is.   Jesus said blessed are the PURE in heart for they shall SEE God.  Impurity will keep you from seeing God, His Kingdom and all He has for you.  

2.  Purity is one of the greatest challenges of this generation.  If you are a parent or a teen don't miss out on a day that gives you tools and looks to the Bible to conquer through the power of the spirit one of the Greatest temptations of this generation.

3.  Our Philosophy.  Do you know the difference between Purity and Abstinence?  Abstinence is a decision to wait for a physical relationship until marriage.  Purity involves our heart soul and mind.  At Pure. Truth. we seek to go to the heart of the matter.  We don't want you to be externally conditioned we want you to 

4.    Because the Bible is our guide, our hope, and our light.  Pure. Truth. is Bible centered.  While the conference has fun times and entertaining moments our biggest focus is on what the Bible says about purity.    

5.   The 30 day challenge.  Rather than just giving you instruction on Purity we give you a plan of action you can take with you!  For 30 days you can get instruction through a text message, there is a video online for every day of the challenge, and a website filled with resources that can help your walk with God remain pure.  

6.  You will Get some questions answered.   You have questions.  What is the difference between Purity and Abstinence? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a lollipop?  While we can't provide all the answers, this is a place to find what the Bible says about a the important subject of purity.  

7.   Because you are not alone.  While it easy to feel like you are the only one who really wants to wait for God's timing for a relationship.   To wait for a physical relationship until marriage.  There are many others just like you.  Be encouraged by coming to the Pure. Truth. Conference.  You will see:  You are not alone! 

8.   Everyone Else is doing it.  This is never a good reason for jumping off a bridge or walking over a cliff, but there are thousands of teens or parents just like you who have gotten Bible truth about purity from Pure Truth.  You should totally be a part of what is helping so many.  

  

9.  There is help for Parents.  One of the Unique aspects of Pure, Truth. is the parent track.  Outside of the Holy Spirt and the Bible we know that Parents are the greatest keys to success.  

10.  Because you don't need to hear crass or explicit language to learn about purity.  We handle the topic with appropriateness.  The Holy Spirit will convict teens of sinfulness.  Mentioning body parts, protection and other details usually only exposes the innocent members of the audience.  Our expert speakers handle these topics with an appropriateness that bring conviction to those who have failed and help to those who have not.  

11.  We value excellence.  Pure Truth has been called "one of the greatest presentations on the subject of purity," for a reason.  Because we realize how important this message is we have worked to do everything we can to make the message relevant, engaging , and helpful for every person that attends.  You can see the upcoming Pure. Truth. events here and sign up today!  Or contact us about hosting Pure. Truth. at your church, school, camp or retreat.  

Bonus!  There is Free Stuff.  Ok who doesn't like a great give-away?   While we match the cool gifts of other conferences like free t-shirts, CD's we give away some crazy light ups hats and unique gifts to everyone that comes.  This will be a great time.  Hope to see you there!  

What are some reason worth coming to this event?  Have you ever been to a Pure. Truth. Conference?  Would you recommend it?  

You can contact us today about coming to your church, school, camp or organization.  

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Could Abstinence Education Be Destroying Marriages?

Ben Schettler - Tuesday, February 18, 2014


While the movement of abstinence education has wonderful intentions have you ever stopped to think that this message could be destroying marriages?  


Abstinence education gives instruction on an outward action of purity until a person is married but what about afterwards?  There are unfortunate examples of those who have "saved themselves" for marriage but made huge mistakes once they tied the knot.   Abstinence education is incomplete.  God designed sex.  It a beautiful thing in the right place.  


Consider how  the incomplete message of abstinence can be damaging to a marriage:  


1.  Abstinence education can cause sex to be viewed as a negative thing.  A physical relationship inside of marriage is a beautiful invention of God that creates an intimate bond between a couple.  Unfortunately there has been an improper emphasis on this physical act being done at the wrong time or with the wrong person that the entire thing is perceived as something dirty or bad.  This perception can create an unhealthy sexual relationship between a husband and wife once they are married.  


2.   By limiting the message to "waiting," young adults can perceive marriage as the escape to sexual temptation.  Sometimes students or unmarried Christians begin to the think that marriage, rather than self-control is the answer to impurity.  While marriage provides a holy context for sexual behavior, it doesn't remove the temptation of impurity.  Teens or young adults need to be taught that discipline in purity is something that needs to be developed now.  The discipline of saying "no" needs to follow them into marriage, not end when they say, "I do." 


Don't get me wrong. I am not saying that we should encourage kids to engage in intercourse before marriage.  On the contrary.  I believe that the message of abstinence should be accompanied with the deeper truth of purity.  God wants our hearts, souls, mind and body to be pure before him.  This is the path to a healthy relationship with Him.  And a successful marriage with a future spouse. 


Have you ever seen abstinence education taught in an incomplete way?  Do you think it's time to teach a deeper message?  


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The Lies Stop Here

Ben Schettler - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Introducing the Pure. Truth. Movement's Blog! Since 2012 Pure. Truth. has reached thousands of parents and students with the Bible's truth of purity at live events. Our goal is to stop the lies a generation is being told. We are continuing that education for parents and leaders right here on this blog.

You can subscribe right now in the side bar!

Now that you've subscribed, read 6 things you can expect from the Pure. Truth blog. We want to…

1. Provide relevant information about sexual purity to Parents, Pastors, Educators, and Leaders of children and young adults.

Knowledge is power. Divine knowledge is divine power. The last thing you want to be is powerless in the fight for a generation's purity. Expect reports on cutting edge research as well as Bible information on how to navigate the road ahead. Excellence in leadership or parenting isn't always about independent genius. Sometimes it's as simple as utilizing information that is available to you.

2. Focus on the heart. The external can be conditioned to obey but, external success only has temporary value.

One day that student will leave your class, your child will be an adult, and that teenager will graduate from the youth group. If their heart wasn't touched whatever form of godliness they had will fall away. We will talk about the external. Our focus will be reaching the heart.

3. Address cultural changes from Biblical viewpoints.

What does the Bible say about purity? Modern technology and cultural trends may not be mentioned in scripture however, the Bible does give us principles regarding purity to follow. We will look at the 21st century challenges through the lens of these scriptural principles. The Bible is our foundation.

4. Increase the frequency you discuss purity with your children or those you lead.

We don't talk about purity enough. Our children hear far to many lies from the world.Freedom from impurity will correspond to the frequency of of truth your child hears. If they know the truth the truth will set them free. It's time for a resource that encourages more dialogue and conversations about purity.

5. Be brief.

Quick reads. Informative posts. I promise we will get to the point. You're busy.

6. Constantly remind you of the dangers.

If the smoke alarm goes off in your house how many times does it beep? Probably too many, right? If the alarm only beeped once it would be worthless. Like an alarm, we want to provide a constant reminder of the danger. For instance, Did you know that pornographers target 11 year old children with online marketing strategies? These articles will serve as a much needed reminder that the Devil, like a lion, is seeking a prey to devour.

Bonus:

Give Hope in difficult times. Failure can cast a shadow on hope. Remembering that our ultimate success is ensured can be a huge comfort in difficult times. In a discouraging world this is the place to come for encouragement!

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I look forward to providing this resource to you. My prayer is that together we can reach a generation with the truth of purity. Join me as we stop the lies together! Are there additional things you think we should be focusing on? What type of articles would you like to read? I would love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Sincerely,

Ben Schettler

Ask or Think, President; Pure. Truth. Movement founder.

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