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

“There is no such thing as “pre-marital sex”.  The term is a spiritual oxymoron, kind of like “cruel kindness”.  The discipline of delaying gratification may find its greatest test for young (and old!) when it comes to controlling our sexual natures.  In today’s social environment, so much (too much!) emphasis is put on sexual gratification, one cannot escape references thereto no matter where you turn.  It is a ‘rite of passage’ to manhood for young men and a ‘badge of acceptance’ to young women.  God, however, labels “pre-marital sex” as fornication, period.  God sees sex as a gift given to your chosen mate, bestowed AFTER you have exchanged vows before Him and your invited guests/witnesses.  Physical gratification is pleasurable, no argument.  But it is merely that without the deeper, soul-satisfying spiritual union and fulfillment that accompanies true “love”-making.  It is an expression of your commitment to and desire for the one with whom you have been blessed by Him.”


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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