"The goal of this series of articles, beginning with this introduction, is to provide our readers with a place to bring those questions.
In the next few days...we'll look at a few helps on teen dating... ) Let me just share this little bit of advice with you again... Notice this covers everything not just teen dating... Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. In fact the passage doesn't say anything at all about marriage. Don't get me wrong..long as you live with your parents... Verse two isn't just for children...it's for everybody..adults. When Paul wrote this, he was quoting from the Ten Commandments. He's put your parents where they are as your...parents! But there are definitely relationship principles in the Bible that can help us figure out what's right and wrong in this messed up world. for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. That verse is age specific about "children" obeying their parents. When that happens...verse one changes in application to Ephesians 6:2. That doesn't mean they'll always be right..then you need to leave that up to God. It's our hope that this Q&A series will be valuable both for those who think the Bible gives sufficient guidance for operating within our current system as well as for those who are looking for a completely countercultural path to marriage. How can Christians think differently about this pervasive issue in media and culture? The answer to that last question is "not well." Surveys consistently indicate that professing Christians behave almost exactly like non-Christians in terms of sexual involvement outside of marriage (in both percentage of people involved and how deeply involved they are — how far they're going), living together before marriage, and infidelity and divorce after marriage.* * * If you're reading this, you're interested in dating. In our society, dating has become something of an obsession. It's just something you do if you're single and of age (and that age is quickly dropping) in America. In fact, depending on which statistics one believes, the divorce rate for professing Christians may actually be than for Americans as a whole.We often hear complaints from readers about the confusion, hurt and sexual sin they've encountered despite their best intentions.
Many want to know how they can go about getting to know someone and eventually getting married without getting hurt or compromising their faith. I want to make sure you undestand how I set this thing up. Paul is talking about an "emotional fire." I guess you could call it a "fire of passion." Touching in an attempt to get your girlfriend or boyfriend "in the mood" isn't acceptable Christian behavior. The world has no problem starting "fires of passion." But we aren't like the world. Casual contact and a helping hand are still allowed. That's not the kind of fire Paul is talking about here. Just keep in mind, God's Word tells us to avoid intimate touching until we find that special marriage partner God has led us to. The topics he's going to be dealing with are ones in which equally committed Christians have found different biblical interpretations.Not all will agree with Scott's approach, and we invite feedback from anyone who believes there are better interpretations for the biblical passages Scott draws from.People attempting to follow a courtship model within today's culture, however, often run into a lot of practical questions, such as, "What if her dad is unavailable or uninterested in being involved?