The first is that I will speak as openly and as frankly about this subject as the Bible does. But God's treatment of this subject is open, and the church must be just as open. Because I intend to make the Scriptures the only standard for our behavior, there are certain things you may take for granted. Some families skip the book of the Song of Solomon in their devotions because it is thought to be too embarrassing. Not Masters and Johnson, not some "expert," not the prevalent moral standards of two hundred years ago, not even the ideas of your "ancient" parents are to be your standard of morality. It is my goal in this pamphlet to present only what God says in His Word. And it will spare you from having a standard set for you by a mere human, a standard which might change tomorrow. And this is a rule which applies not only to Sundays, but also to Friday and Saturday nights!But this should not keep us from using the Bible when discussing dating, for the principles which must govern our dating are found in the Bible.
If I would try to compromise some of the standards we find in the Bible, then I would be untrue to the Bible, and unloving to you.
The most loving thing that I can do for you is to make clear what the Bible says you may, should, and must do and what it forbids you to do.
May God guide us to love Him with our all, to adhere to His standard of purity and holiness, and to exercise the fruit of the Spirit: self-control. It is a development of the past few hundred years in Western culture.
That is why the Bible says nothing specifically about dating.
The subject of sexual purity is extremely important. It is of eternal importance, because the sexually immoral do not inherit the kingdom of God (I Cor. This will spare you from having to hear my opinion and about my experiences. The only rule for faith and life is the Word of God.
The perspective used in this pamphlet for finding the answers to these questions will be, unashamedly, the Bible.