10 "P" Tests to Actions, Words, and Deeds[i]
1. Purity Test - Can I do this to a body where Christ dwells?
1 Cor. 6:19 - Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? (NRSV)
Can I do this without taking my eyes off Jesus?
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit dwells within us.
We should not do anything known to intentionally put our bodies, souls, or minds at risk.
2. Participation Test - Can I do this and keep my eyes on Jesus?
1 John 2 15-17 - 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
We need to look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Heb. 12:2
Love of this World. What does this tell us about Jealousy? Following after Cargo? Etc?
3. Polite Test - Will doing this have a good affect on others?
Romans 14:7, 21 - 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself (NKJV)
21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that will cause your brother or sister to sin. (NCV)
We should never think that what we do only affects me. Lots of people are watching us and are influenced by our life.
4. Partner Test - Can I invite Christ to do this with me?
Col. 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Think about this question when you want to do something. If Christ was here would I be comfortable inviting him along with me. If you are a Christian that's exactly what you are doing.
What do we watch on the Internet that would be an embarrassment to us if our spouse (or parent) walked in and saw us. If we wouldn't invite mom or dad to participate in the activity, how much more embarrassment would come if Jesus was beside us?
5. Public Test - Will doing this give the appearance of doing right?
1 Thes. 5:21-22 - 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. (KJV)
Are you doing something that appears to be evil? What does the unsaved think of what you are doing? What about your family?
6. Presence Test - Would I be happy if Christ saw me doing this when he returns?
1 John 2:28 -Yes, my dear children, live in him so that when Christ comes back, we can be without fear and not be ashamed in his presence. (NCV)
Christ is coming back and we are to be ready. John, the beloved disciple of Jesus, saw the vision that is recorded in the Bible (Book of Revelation) and in Rev 22:20 the testimony of the Lord concludes with these words, "Yes, I am coming soon," to which John replies "Amen. Come Lord Jesus." John was ready and waiting, do we have the same anticipation.
7. Problem Test - Will this strengthen my relationship with Christ?
Heb 12:1 - We have around us many people whose lives tell us what faith means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way and the sin that so easily holds us back. (NCV)
Remove everything that hinders our relationship with Christ.
8. Proof Test - Is it good for me mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually?
Romans 12:9 - Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; (NRSV)
Love the good, but hate sin. My mother use to say that God loves the sinner but he hates sin. We have to distinguish between the sin and the sinner.
9. Proclamation Test - Will this help my witness for Christ?
Phil 2:15 - Then you will be innocent and without any wrong. You will be God's children without fault. But you are living with crooked and mean people all around you, among whom you shine like stars in the dark world. (NCV)
Your testimony is important. How is your witness to those around you?
10. Peace test - After praying about it can I do it and have peace?
Phil 4:6-7 - 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NRSV)
These 10 tests are just guideline to help us determine what is right, good, and wholesome. This is a guide I use to assist in determining if any given activity, including my conversation, texting, posting, etc. is appropriate for me.