“How do we avoid lust”?

It is a well documented fact that the De Greeks have a deep thirst for knowledge and in their search for this knowledge they leave no stone unturned. We seek high and low for that wisdom which is designed to raise Man above the level of the beasts and sometimes we succeed. The times we do not succeed do not count, as our soul craves the research as much as the wisdom.

I have been fortunate to come across a sermon unashamedly stating to be the creation of one Michael S. Cole, M.D. given on September 8, 1985 at the Church of Christ, Naples, Italy, under the heading of “AFLAME WITH PASSION”. One assumes that Michael is a Pastor of sorts.

Though as a rule the De Greeks have no shame as far as plagiarism is concerned, in this instance we must give credit where credit is due.


 Mrs. Sally Fairfax
Mrs. Sally Fairfax

Michael is quite broad in his approach to his subject. He starts by expressing his suspicions as to the relationship between George Washington and Mrs. Sally Fairfax, though whether taking the name of a lady in vain can be considered to be a Christian thing to do, Michael, I do not know.


You DO say however that most historians have their doubts about the validity of this claim, so why repeat it, Michael? I can only refer you to Exodus 20:7 for guidance which, though it suggest that only God’s name should not be taken in vain, I am sure that if the Old Testament had been aware of Mrs. Fairfax, it would have been only too pleased to include her in this dictum in order to avoid aspersions on a lady's good name.

Cleverly, Michael connects this to Genesis 39:6-12, where we find that Potiphar's wife was sexually attracted to Joseph and attempted to entice him to sin, which connection, of course, does not speak well of the methods of Mrs. Fairfax (who is otherwise exonerated by historians).


Joseph & Potiphar's wife
Joseph & Potiphar's wife

The inspiration apparently came to Michael as a result of discussions with his wife:

“Today's sermon is based on a recent discussion with my wife. The subject is very personal -- we don't ever talk about these things”.

This is a position which we shall, of course, respect, pass over and move on.

“More is found in the Old Testament on this subject than in the New. The principles are unchanged over the centuries. There was little need to repeat God's advice on this subject for the New Testament”.

There, Michael, you puzzle us. Admittedly the De Greek brain does not always operate on all cylinders, but it appears to me that when God repeats advice in some instances and in others does not, God might cause eyebrows to be raised in confusion. Especially God’s position in Romans 1:31-32, as reported in the King James Version, is that “covenant breakers deserve to die”. Somewhat harsh, Michael, just for getting your leg over once? However, I cannot but like your spirit in doggedly going on with this, though.

Michael then proceeds to speak to those who are married, with some feeling (all bold lettering is mine but only phases preceded by the word “Note” do not belong to Michael)::

“When you are attracted to someone other than your wife or husband (and you will be):

· Never let the person you are attracted to know of your attraction; keep it to yourself.

(Note: Somewhat defeating the purpose, what?)

· Avoid daydreaming about anyone but your spouse.

(Note: Presumably for those who can’t wait till lunch time?)

· Avoid situations of contact as much as possible -- and NEVER be alone with this person.

(Note: Men of steel have been known to be alone with women they liked without succumbing to their base selves, Michael. What happened to the idea of manfully facing one’s demons?)

· If the attraction is especially strong, tell a friend.

(Note: Friend of the same, or opposite sex, Michael? This part is somewhat vague)

(I advise not telling your spouse, because it can raise doubts about faithfulness.)

(Note: Good advice there Michael. Anyone chump enough to tell his wife that he fancies another woman, deserves everything he gets).

· Remember it's WRONG to go beyond attraction to lust or adultery.

· Pray about it.

· Don't feel guilty about a fleeting thought.

· You should feel guilty if you permit attraction to evolve to lust”.

Matthew 5:27-28, ".' But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."…..

By the way, this verse is meant to apply to men and women. Though I believe it is more a problem of men, women also can be guilty of this sin”.

(Note: No kidding? With the exception of Potiphar's wife, I am loath to speak ill of the female sex, Michael, but it is no use trying to conceal the fact from you that I have come across some women who have lusted quite obviously after the De Greek body and at times had to be fought off and escaped form through the use of ingenious methods of subterfuge).

Let's talk more about how to avoid this sin. How do we avoid lust? We can find much practical information in Proverbs. Though this is written from a father to a son, it applies equally to women and how they, too, can avoid sexual immorality.

And here, Michael gives a long list of quotes form the Old Testament, designed to help those of his congregation to close their eyes in restful reflection. And he follows through with –

A fleeting sinful thought is not sin.

Lust is intense desire. It is mentally dwelling on sexual fantasies.

Time given to preoccupation with

where can we meet?
how can I attract attention? and
daydreaming about what we will do

can be perfectly innocent before getting married.

However, the same thoughts after marriage about someone other than your spouse cannot be innocent, because they invariably lead to sinful lust.

I have a rather disagreeable duty to perform, Michael – I would avoid it if I could – but regrettably I am forced to drain this goblet, as I owe it to my readers. You are full of OUCH!

Yes dear. I shall stop right now. Sorry Michael, Mrs De Greek is having lustful thoughts and I am required at HQ.

Dimitris Mita

De Greek


My thanks to:

Cris A

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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

You never, ever fail to amuse! Now I just have to go and read it all over again - and laugh out loud again!

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

Shalini, kind as usual. But I am scared of what FP will say and I cannot rest until I get The Verdict! :-)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

haha! Well - if it's any help - to both you and FP - mine (verdicit) is that it's a raucously amusing piece of literature and there's no real universal secret that leaders of countries are not saints - never have been.

It's not condoning - but getting a good laugh - especially at the floundering of poor Michael as he tries to de-fuse a "hot topic" to present to a congregation of quite conservative folks! That's where the humor is.

Poor George, Sally and Martha (the eternal triangle) may not have considered it so amusing at the time! - or - maybe they all did, who knows???? haha

Besides this clever piece manages to support fidelity (and/or the appearance of it) and can't help but contribute to the preservation of the better intentions of straying spouses.

Bully for you, DG! Good choice of pix, too, by the way.

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

Hi AF, :-) Reading it again, I must admit that it made me laugh, but then again I laugh easily. Thank you for your encouragement and help :-)

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msorensson 6 years ago

Again? lol..You never cease to shock and seduce the minds of the readers...ha ha ha. Or the readers themselves. How does one come up with presenting something so serious into something truly hilarious? Tell me the secret, please.

Thank you. I love this hub as usual...

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Juliette Morgan 6 years ago

Why always put de Greeks down?? They are in my view the original sin and temptation themselves - extremely naughty men with the sense of humour that you have to a tee - good job I can't see you in real life......romeo. Juliette.

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

@ Melinda, you surprise me. I thought that I WAS serious!.... :-)

@ Juliette, how kind you are, but my wife, Nellianna and Pam Roberson do not allow me to flirt with other women...Really thank you for your kind words :-)))

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Sound all "Greek" to me... Humorous.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

De Greek - It's okay to lust as long as it's only in your heart. I know because Jimmy Carter told me so.

Very inventive hub - thanks for the chuckles.

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

drbj, I do not lust, because my heart is pure and also my wife won't let me :-)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Girls - let's all give thanks for Natali! Otherwise - no one would be safe!! What we need is MORE like her in high places, methinks!!! Am clinging to her & to the certainty of his honour & humour for safety myself.

Wasn't prepared,Juliette & drbj! Melinda - you've the right idea - focus on the writing! That's why we're al here! ;)

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Lee B 6 years ago from New Mexico

Witty and fun to read! Makes me feel sorry for Michael who can't enjoy a little "innocent" flirtation.

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

Hi Lee :-) Glad you thought it witty. We aim to please:-)

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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Lust, in my opinion is unavoidable unless you live under a rock or eat too much tofu.

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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

I enjoyed this very much. It is very funny. But then I started thinking(ho,no) about how all these married men in the news here in the states , that have all these women they cheat with. But a poor single guy can't get a date? My husband get phone numbers from women all the time after he does a show. Which he gives to me right in front them and then , he laughs. He truly has a sense of humor! He says no one cooks better then me so he doesn't plan on losing the best cook in the world.

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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Hahaha...that was hilarious!

DG...hello, are you back from HQ? I have to admit that you use your time most fruitfully...reading sermons, I mean! :D

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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

If ignorance is bliss - then I'd rather be miserable. Enjoyed the read as usual. :D

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

@ Hi Green Lotus - Had to look up tofu in the Internet. Does not somehow appeal :-)))

@ BJ - Your husband is my HERO! :-)

@ FP, I tremble until I hear your judgement! Now I can die in peace :-)) AND you see what we Christians have to go through?..... :-)))

@ Cris How good to see you! Thank you for passing by and for commenting. I can take a hint though: You did not like my hub about breasts! :-))

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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

DG only you can find these deep rooted meanings in a sermon and then turn them into the a hilarious to the max read.

As always fun

hope you're well

regards Zsuzsy

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

Hi Zsuzsy! I feel so much pleasure when you pass by with your kind words, that you cannot imagine. Thank you:-)

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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Ha Ha ! More amusing words from the De Greek pen,

reminds me of the sermon given by another Pastor who following the theft of his bike was quoting freely from the 10 commandments about not stealing.

Just as he reached the one about not committing Adultery he changed the sermon completely upon remembering where he’d left his bike !

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

Good one Merlin! Very funny :-)))

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Awesome, as always! I'd say lust is my biggest sin, or at least my most persistent. It attacks me when I least expect it. Only you, dear De Greek, could turn a sermon into such a witty piece!

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loriamoore 6 years ago

The bible has it all: greed, lust, adultery, murder.

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

@ Well Habee, be grateful for small mercies, because in my case, I cannot feel lust. My wife, Nellianna and Pam Roberson do not allow me to............. :-)))

@ Loriemoore, then I shall study more carefully from now on:-)

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

De Greek if lusting was so bad then why did God give us that ability? Have you seen Gerald Butler? Oh don't get me started. Lol Nice hub. Cheers.

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

I looked up Gerald Butler on the Internet and I understand that he is an actor and I have seen his picture there. However, I do not get the point...? Lust wise he does nothing for me :-)

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

De Greek lol you have a point but you are not of the female persuasion because he is very hot and even saying that would be lusting on my part so if it is so bad then why is that a built in function in our minds? Just asking! Cheers.

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

LadyJane, I am a Married Man and my mind is pure, so I cannot answer your question :-))

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

De Greek well I am a married woman as well but hey Im not dead and my husband knows it. So you are saying that you are innocent and never lust?

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

Quite. I do not know what lust is (outside the home), because my wife, Nellianna and Pam Roberson do not allow me to know :-)

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Oh I see I thought you were being quite serious. I guess the laugh is on me lol. Im always the last to know. Cheers.

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Heaven help me! I just wrote a long, erudite and witty comment to this Hub and as I pressed the "Post Comment" button it went missing somewhere in cyberspce. Since my brain is addled with lust I can't remember what I wrote so you'll just have to make do with this one!

Thanks for a good giggle my friend

Love and peace


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

So another gem of a comment has been lost to world literature and the flag of the Nobel committe shall be flying at half mast for three days? Tsk, tsk....:-))

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I should hope so!

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Pam Roberson 6 years ago from Virginia

I adore how you analyze. So what does it mean to "get a leg over?" One interesting thing that I never knew is that it's okay to have sinful thoughts as long as they are fleeting! I'll have to go out and buy a stop watch. ;) Very nice!

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

to "get a leg over?" = English expression to get laid :-)

Good morning :-)

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JamaGenee 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

DG, you never fail to amuse...and amaze. ;D

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

We try to interst, elevate and amuse :-)

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deepanjana 6 years ago

Amazing indeed !!!!

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epigramman 6 years ago

your hubs are aflame with passion - and may very well be a fire hazard - and they also seem to be an aphrodisiac to the fine ladies here at pages of Hub!

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK Author

Thank you. That is kind :-)

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