FRC supports healthy marriage and family formation education to youth in conjunction with abstinence until marriage education, where marriage between one man and woman is promoted as the expected context for sexual behaviors and as the best family structure for raising children. Risk avoidance or abstinence messaging serves as the best primary prevention approach for those who both have and have not been sexually active outside of marriage. This public health approach promotes the optimal reproductive health, sexual health, and psycho-social and societal outcomes. Abstinence education mutually reinforces the risk avoidance message given to youth regarding drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and violence. Based upon sound behavioral theory, abstinence-focused education provides the skills necessary to avoid sexual activity, build character, and develop healthy relationships.
What happens to men who stay abstinent until marriage?
This article appeared in the Washington Times on August 9, One is the strict rules regarding physical contact between unmarried couples. While not kissing or being alone with a romantic partner may help avoid the temptation to have sex before marriage, it is certainly possible to date and kiss before marriage while still abstaining from sex. I will leave that debate to others. But there is still every reason to support sexual abstinence until marriage. Of course, this is true, not only of marriage, but of life in general.
Thank you for this post. My wife and I just returned from a week of intense Christian marriage counseling one of the "assignments" was this same decision to abstain for a season. We both entered into this decision with both eyes open for many of the same reasons the two of you did.
How sexual abstinence before marriage can lead to a lasting marriage. There has been a lot of online chatter recently about Joshua Harris , a former best-selling Christian author and former pastor of a Maryland mega-church who has been rapidly abandoning his previous life commitments. Harris has re-evaluated. On July 18, Mr. Much of the coverage like this piece in Slate has conflated three things that should be distinguished: Mr.