From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:


This principle of delaying gratification has gotten a bad name, a poor reputation:  names such as “abstinence”, “divorce”, “prude”, “trial marriage/separation”, “shackin’”, “squeezing the fruit before you buy it”.  Whoa!  Why did I include “abstinence”?  Because, for most of us, when that word comes to mind, it conjures up “self-denial”, emphasis on “self”.  In today’s world, denying ourselves anything is seen as “unnecessary”, and thus, “unwise”.

Most people laughed or said, “yeah, right”, when NBA basketball player A. C. Green revealed that he was a virgin and would remain so until he was wedded.  How could he resist the many temptations thrown at even average professional athletes (A.C. was a member of the world champion Los Angeles Lakers)?  Can you say, “Kobe Bryant?”  When A.C. stated that it was not a matter of resistance, but a matter of commitment, most people shook their skeptical heads and chalked him up as the exception rather than the rule. Admirable, but largely unpractical (read, “impossible!”), they said.”


William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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