• Mark Whitten

Vows For Now?

Updated: Jan 27


Thomas Merton

For centuries, our monastic brethren have offered their strength, intellect, and physical bodies to be available for God's use.  The most classic and common offering generally came upon the inauguration of a monk or nun's vows, namely the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Upon first glance, the list of untouchables makes us cringe with the thought of vowing to abstain from such things that seem so natural and good.  Why would we want be poor?  why would we want to abstain from sexual pleasure? And why on earth would I want to give up my autonomy, my independence?  After all, this is a democracy! We hear of Roman Catholic monks, priests, and nuns making vows of poverty, chastity, and charity, but is there place for evangelical or charismatic Christians to make vows to the Lord?  Is it even Biblical to make vows?  Does the new Testament endorse such practices?  And if so, how do I go about making a vow that is proper and pleasing to God?


The answers to these questions and more can be found in my mini-e-book: Vows for the Now: Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience in the 21st Century.    I pray this book will bless and encourage you in your endeavors to make serious spiritual shifts in your life and in the lives of those near to you.


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