You must abstain from sex for an entire month."
The couple agreed and, after two-and-a-half weeks, returned to the church.
When the Pastor ushered them into his office, the wife
was crying, and the husband obviously was very depressed.
"You are back so soon...Is there a problem?" the
"We are terribly ashamed to admit that we did not manage to abstain from sex for the required month," the young man replied sadly.
The pastor asked him what happened.
"Well, the first week was difficult; however, we managed to abstain through sheer will power. The second week was terrible, but with the use of prayer, we managed to abstain. The third week, however, was unbearable.
We tried cold showers, prayer, reading from the Bible, anything to keep our minds free of carnal thoughts.
But one afternoon, my wife reached for a can of paint
and dropped it.
When she bent over to pick it up, I noticed that she didn't have panties on and I was overcome with lust and I had my way with her, right then and there," admitted the man, shamefacedly.
"You understand this means you will not be welcome into our church," stated the pastor.
"We know," said the young man, hanging his head.
"We're not welcome at Home Depot anymore, either