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How do the scriptural references listed below testify of the falseness of Nick's argument, but the truth of William's statement?


 

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.

- I Peter 2:11

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.

- Ephesians 4:22

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

- Proverbs 1:10

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

- Proverbs 4:14

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

- Romans 6:13

Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

- II Peter 3:17

 

    "I believe that a strong Christian can go anywhere safely," Nick proclaimed, defending his attendance at a very doubtful place of amusement. "He can discern the good from the evil - take the good and leave the bad. It's that simple!"

    "I disagree," William responded. "I believe a true Christian would not want to go there!"

    After arguing about this for some time, they decided to bring this question to their minister.

    "Let me answer your question with a story," their minister replied, after hearing the argument. "Last summer, our family toured an old coal mine. Ahead of us, in line to enter the elevator which would take us down into the mine, was a lady wearing a beautiful, white dress. Another person in line warned her that it would be foolish to enter the mine with her dress for the black dust would soil it.

    "Not believing this, she went to the guide, an old coal miner who had been giving tours of the mine for years, and asked, 'Can't I wear this white dress into the mine?'

    "'Yes, Ma'am, you can wear a white dress into the mine,' he replied, 'but you will not be wearing a white dress when you come out of it!'

    "Boys, a strong Christian knows that sin and its temptations dirty his garment like coal. Because he loves God and wants to live a clean, pure life, he will not go where he knows that his white garments will be dirtied."


    What practical lesson regarding sanctification and growth in grace is illustrated by this story?


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