Maintaining Purity in the Face of Cultural Pressures

by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations

Maintaining sexual purity is the goal of a student-life initiated book study at Cedarville University.

Forty five students (30 men/15 women) are participating in a study of Heath Lambert’s book, “Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace.” This is the second consecutive semester Cedarville’s student life team has taken the lead in guiding students through this study that walks through essential life and perspective changes a person needs when struggling with sexual purity.

“The study helps the students to pursue purity in their life, and especially addresses ways to defeat the pressures of pornography,” said Rebecca Stowers, dean of women at Cedarville University. “Sexual sin is rampant in our nation, but I’m very happy to see how the students—through the book study and honest conversations--are working to maintain purity.”

Stowers believes a foundational element of the study centers on building accountability through mentorship opportunities.  The study is an 11-week program and it was first introduced when Lambert spoke in chapel in August.

“It has been encouraging to see our students’ desire to live sexually pure lives,” said Brad Smith, associate dean of students. “Even though our society pushes the concept of ‘do what you want’ in relationships, I see students pursuing a life that is honoring to God. It’s may not always easy, but the students’ interest is to follow Christ in all situations.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.