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Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 03:08:02 -0800 (PST)
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Secrets about Christian men and immodesty
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor
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Women's magazines make a living off of disclosing
secrets about women and men. Today, another secret will
be revealed that may open the eyes of many Christian
women and help arm them with knowledge and empathy.

The refrain we often hear from Christian women who
dress immodestly is that men aren't supposed to be
looking anyway because of their commitment to God. 
This logic is dangerously naive.

When a man becomes a Christian he does not cease to be
a man with all the passions and sexual drive God gave
him. The desire to look at attractive women is still
instilled deep in his being and that will not go away
when he exits the baptistery. This makes him a male,
not a pervert.

The secret that needs to be revealed, to help Christian
women, can also help the guilt of Christian men giving
them the power to grow in these matters.

Ladies, Christian men have a love/hate relationship
with immodesty.

As fleshly men with inherent passions, they desire
women sexually and love attractive, immodest women
because sex is on their minds all the time.

In our sex-saturated society, men deserve a respite
from immodesty when they are among their sisters in
Christ. When women in the kingdom are also immodest,
men can't get away from it. It would be like a woman
on a strict diet being surrounded by chocolate every
where she went.

While men crave beautiful women, Christian men also
hate immodesty because it threatens them spiritually.
They know lust is sinful (Matthew 5:27-28; Job 31:1)
and they wish all women would dress modestly while
desiring otherwise. The conflict can be intense.

Christian women often do not know the battles that men
face. The fleshly and the spiritual are in constant
warfare for dominance in their hearts. Fleshly men just
surrender and indulge whenever possible. Yet, Christian
men must keep fighting the dragon. They don't win all
the battles, either, and the wounds can be painful.

When will Christian women understand and empathize?
When will they start helping men in their struggles?
When will they stop fighting against the hearts of
godly men?

Do Christian women love Christian men? If so, please
express that love by being modest. The enemy is Satan
and if we can help each other go to heaven, it will all
be worth it.

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