Reverend Chisholm Charges Congregants To Show Self-Control

Renowned Jamaican theologian and scholar, Dr. Clinton Chisholm, in a sermon at the Sligoville Baptist Church recently warned congregants that as Christians they should show self-control.

His exhortation comes amidst the news of an increasing number of pastors being prosecuted across the island for having sex with minors.

“Self-control brethren, if you claim to be a child of God you cannot do any and everything that comes to your mind when you feel horny. Check your desires and control your urges by thinking of the double-edge of the immoral and the illegal and the possible consequences that can follow,” the Reverend said.

He also warned that the law forbids sexual consent under the age of 16 and encourages minors of the importance of sexual purity.

He advised minors that if they are being pressured by their underage boyfriend/girlfriend to have sex or some “big man” or woman, they should not only say no but report it to the police or a responsible adult.

He also cautioned against petting, which he argued is never ever safe as it is not taming the body but teasing the body, a regrettable experience many could testify to privately.

Additionally, he said kissing, prolonged hugging and rubbing could lead to orgasm.

“Hear me well, based on what Jesus said about lusting in Mt. 5 you should realize that if you kiss, hug, rub or pet to an orgasm you have committed an immoral sex act,” said Chisholm.

He also noted that one must realize that apart from in law sex does not require a penis entering a vagina or any other orifice!

“Purity demands avoiding that which will or could lead you to sin.  So I say to you if you must kiss keep it short and shallow. When you hug keep it light and not long,” he stated.

Chisholm recommended that young people forget sex, romance, and pregnancy until they are in the mid to late 20s.

He stated that young people, as well as some older folks often confuse infatuation for love, but they are radically different.

“It is this. Can you pray and ask God to bless it before you do it and pray and give him thanks after you have done it? Really?  If you can’t apply the prayer test what you are considering/desiring/planning to do is either suspect or downright sinful.”

Furthermore, he cited I Thessalonians 4:3-8, New King James Version (NKJV) to underscore his point on sexual purity.

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.”

“Sex is for mature adults and having sex with a minor, a ‘likkle pickney’, is not only a red light indication that you need clinical help, but it is at once immoral and criminal! By the way so too is abuse of your spouse!” he concluded.

Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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