If you have a hard time understanding it..may want to use your own Bible for clarity if you or your church uses a different version. Just click here for almost any Bible version you want. So..you noticed what's been going on in the world the past few years? But first...a quick message from our commercial sponsor...(Ok...maybe not. )Let me just share this little bit of advice with you again... Notice this covers everything not just teen dating... 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. Teen starts dating girl/guy of questionable character. Teen is confronted by the spiritual leader in his/her life (such as pastor, youth group leader..get the picture.)3. But rememer the verse above..doesn't work that way. If you're a girl..only guys who model strong Christian leadership skills in their lives. It doesn't matter what kind of figure or how athletic they might be. It's your spiritual meals that keep your soul alive. In the next few days...we'll look at a few helps on teen dating... God's Word clearly tells us to stay away from close relationships with unbelievers. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? Dating shouldn't mean "mini-marriage." You aren't really married, so don't act like it. The teen dating story goes something like this...1. Teen declares he/she can "change" that person or lead them to Christ or...5. They were deceived into thinking good character would rub off on bad. If you're a guy..a Christian girl who you know has God's will in view. )The storm of outrage against dating produced a book that encouraged teens to "kiss" teen dating goodbye and go with another option. God doesn't look down on relationships that honor and glorify Him. Everyone has opinions on teen dating (and you know what they say about opinions...they're like armpits...everybody has them..they all stink!16.) He even tells us we're as close as Father and child in our relationship (v. We're as different from them spiritually as light is from darkness or as Christ is from Satan (Belial vv. So God doesn't want us to form close relationships with the unsaved......including dating, and certainly including marriage. It means the government keeps it's hands to itself when it comes to certain rights that people have. I try not to wonder what they do when nobody's looking!!! Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. That means you're having close physical contact with someone else's husband or wife! The Bible is clear that intimate, physical contact should only be between a husband and wife. An acronym is taking the first letter of each word in a phrase and making another word out of it. If this isn't enough to convince you, then look at what the Bible says about it. If you look in your Bible...you'll notice I didn't quote verse one (1.) The reason...? If you've made a decision for Christ..should live for Him. You need to listen to His voice in all walks of life...including teen dating.
But this storm is as real and destructive as any of those we talked about above. Yeah, I know the Bible doesn't have the word "dating" in it. You don't need the problems of a close relationship right now. Someone else put it this way..."Haste makes waste."I doubt the person who said this had dating in mind..it definitely applies. But I will tell you there are a few verses in there that come very close to saying that about teen dating! Another way to put it would be..."You hang out with spiritual losers..become A SPIRITUAL LOSER."This is not to say we shouldn't have casual contact with unbelievers. Working with young people for the last decade, I've seen this play out a lot. In fact, it normally caused that person a lot of problems. Or..."You hang out with spiritual losers..become a SPIRITUAL LOSER."It's true..character is only as clean as the people you hang around with.
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. Don't get me wrong..long as you live with your parents..are their children! 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.