Sex, Dating, and Relationships: The Dating Friendships Alternative (Book Review) | Crossmap
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The numbers were suddenly not looking nearly so good. This is one of those areas where contemporary Christians so often do very poorly and this is exactly why there have been so many recent books on dating, courtship, purity and all the rest.
Christians are failing and desperately looking for a better way. It has been some time since I have read a book on dating and relationships, probably because it has been some time since the subject has seemed urgent to me. I decided to check it out and I am glad I did so.
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Hiestand and Thomas call their approach to relationships "a fresh approach" and this is an accurate way of describing it. They don't kiss dating goodbye and they don't advocate a return to the courtship of years gone by. Instead they encourage Christians to form "dating friendships. You are not boyfriend and girlfriend, but friends, and you spend time together i.
Romance and sexual activity and commitment can wait; for now, it is simply "two friends getting to know each other with a view toward marriage.
A couple in a dating friendship, regardless of their attraction to each other, doesn't pretend there is more to the relationship than is warranted. They consciously refrain from sexual and overtly romantic activity and don't become naively optimistic about the commitment level of their friendship.
Thus, the main goal of a dating friendship is to explore the viability of marriage while preserving the guidelines of sexual and romantic purity required by the neighbor relationship.
Integral to the argument is an understanding of how the Bible guides and restricts sexual activity. God gives us clear sexual boundaries to guide marriage relationships sex is requiredneighbor relationships sex is forbidden and family relationships sex is forbidden.
The authors want dating couples to understand that until they are married, their relationship to the person they are pursuing is a neighbor relationship in which any sexual activity or even the awakening of sexual desire is inappropriate. Therefore honor God with your bodies. I assume you know right and wrong when it comes to sins such as lying, stealing, and killing.
Some call it premarital sex; others call it marriage out of wedlock. It feels so right, and you have every excuse in the world to continue. However, what seems right in the heat of the moment is not worth its cost in the end. When you have sex with anyone other than your spouse, things happen, bad things.
The Bible states that while sin is pleasurable for a season, the after effects are horrible.
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All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually sins against his own body. God does not lead through doubt. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. Ever turned on the television or radio to catch a sermon, song, or message seemingly written specifically for you? Anyone ever crossed your path leaving a comment or two that spoke directly to your heart? What about people who know you well?
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Rather than take a defensive approach to their input, consider that emotions can hamper your ability to see as clearly as those positioned on the outside-looking-in to your life. If what they are saying is consistent with His Word and spoken in love, then imagine His mighty hand gently tapping your shoulder, prompting you to turn from your plans, and take a better path.
Consistent concerns are red flags God has lovingly placed in your life to warn you of trouble up ahead! Get out of the danger zone. Are you dating someone who does not have a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ?
- Proverbs 7:6-21
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