This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
The Bible contains the most profound philosophy, the most perfect morality, and the most refined policy, that ever was conceived upon earth. It is the most republican book in the world, and therefore I will still revere it. The curses against fornication and adultery, and the prohibition of every wanton glance or libidinous ogle at a woman, I believe to be the only system that ever did or ever will preserve a republic in the world. There is a paradox for you. But if I don’t make it out, you may say if you please that I am an enthusiast. I say then that national morality never was and never can be preserved without the utmost purity and chastity in women; and without national morality a republican government cannot be maintained. Therefore, my dear Fellow Citizens of America, you must ask leave of your wives and daughters to preserve your republic.
The Stain of Benghazi