A minister had just finished giving a lecture on marriage at the local community center when he was approached by three couples. Impressed by his presentation, the couples asked if they could join his church. “Are you married?” the minister inquired of them. Each couple assured him that they were, and again, asked if they could become members of his congregation. “Well, I am impressed by your sincerity.” the minister responded. “But I need to know that you are serious about your commitment to spiritual discipline. So to prove this, you must pass a test.”
“We’ll do anything,” all three insisted. “
“All right,” he explained, “then here is your test: You must practice abstinence from marital intimacy for three weeks.” The couples agreed, and left, promising to return at the end of that time.
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