The True Love Waits movement, known for spreading the message of sexual purity among young adults, has launched a new resource featuring a video-driven Bible study designed to encourage teenagers to pursue God through abstinence.
The eight-session curriculum, "True Love Project," not only teaches the importance of purity but it also calls on the next generation of students to understand their sexuality in light of the Gospel.
"The ultimate goal in life should be more than simply being a virgin on your wedding day. It should be to belong to Jesus on Judgment Day," Clayton King, who wrote the program along with his wife, Sharie, told The Christian Post. more >>
Editor's Note: This is the second part in a series on Christian dating culture. Read Part 1 here.
Christians who attend church and read the Bible at least three times a week are less likely to have sex outside of marriage than those who do not engage in those religious practices.
In a 2012 study of Millenial Christians by the National Association of Evangelicals and Grey Matter Research, only respondents who attended worship services at least once a month were considered. Of the 1,007 polled by NEA and GMR, only 44 percent of unmarried Evangelicals ages 18-29 had had sex. more >>
President Barack Obama is under fire from some of his liberal friends after nominating Georgia state Judge Michael Boggs, who has a pro-life and pro-traditional marriage voting record as a state representative, for a federal court judgeship.
"President Obama has asked the Senate to confirm a judicial nominee who tried to channel funds to anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers and make a parental consent law even more extreme," NARAL Pro-Choice America said in a message to supporters.
NARAL will launch a campaign to oppose the nomination, the message said. The group is asking supporters to contact their senators to pressure them to oppose the nomination. more >>
An assistant Texas solicitor general told a federal judge Wednesday that same-sex marriage is a "more recent innovation than Facebook." The comment was part of a legal argument defending the state's ban on same-sex marriage, which is currently being challenged by two same-sex couples in federal court.
"These questions are political questions, not constitutional rights," Assistant Texas Solicitor General Mike Murphy argued. "Same-sex marriage is not included in the fundamental right of marriage … it is a more recent innovation than Facebook."
Murphy told U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia that if he chooses to lift the state's gay marriage ban, he will be embroiling himself in the current political debate waging in several other U.S. states. Murphy also argued that the issue of same-sex marriage should ultimately be left to the voters, and that traditional marriage is the ideal situation for which to raise children. more >>
A viral blog post argues that no couple will ever truly be "ready" for marriage, and that the various ways people "test the waters" before "tying the knot" do not really work. Christian relationship experts agreed, but warned that believers should not be too hasty to say "I do."
"You can't comfortably transition into an eternal vow," wrote blogger Matt Walsh. "We commonly view living together as a logical step before marriage, but it isn't," because the lifelong commitment to another human being is not something you can "try out." Rather, "you make it, and then it's made."
Christian relationship expert Ruthie Dean agreed, but cautioned believers to "make sure that we're more ready without stepping into the sin of cohabiting or having premarital sex." Dean, coauthor of the book Real Men Don't Text: A New Approach to Dating, suggested there are ways to prepare for marriage and admitted that the secular world can teach the Christian world a thing or two about waiting to tie the knot. more >>
A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, despite its own ban on the practice, arguing that discriminating against a class of people for religious or traditional reasons is unconstitutional. Conservative groups have called the decision a "deep betrayal."
"In the end, the Court concludes that Kentucky's denial of recognition for valid same-sex marriages violates the United States Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law, even under the most deferential standard of review," said U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II in his 23-page ruling.
"Once the government defines marriage and attaches benefits to that definition, it must do so constitutionally. It cannot impose a traditional or faith-based limitation upon a public right without a sufficient justification for it." more >>