Purity while dating
your chance of divorce due to “emotional affairs” (re: ordinary teenage crushes).
Needless to say, many teenagers who had the book foisted on them by youth pastors followed the advice…
Bolz-Weber’s theology prioritizes the Bible’s message of grace over prescriptive lifestyle teachings.
As the unintended damage of “purity culture” continues to emerge, we anticipate more Christian thought-leaders will prioritize healthy messages and conversations of wisdom and grace over pharisaical chastity in the future.in an effort to set a high standard, the book emphasized practices (not dating, not kissing before marriage) and some concepts that are not in the Bible.In trying to warn people of the potential pitfalls of dating, it instilled fear for some—fear of making mistakes or having their heart broken.only to experience some serious relationship dysfunction down the road.Harris issued a statement in response to critics about a year ago that seemed to imply people had misinterpreted what he was trying to communicate in his book. Now, however, he’s taken a giant step forward with a new statement.
However, different Christians define sexual immorality differently. Is the ideal person to teach a child about sex their youth pastor? When the church gets hyper-focused on trying to instill purity values within its community, what happens to those who feel ostracized by the teachings?