What is courtship dating
This will enable the development of a deep friendship to help discern the will of God before beginning the process of committing to each other more formally.
Both parties should back off, receive counsel, and pray to hear from God with other mature leaders and/or parents before allowing their hearts to be pulled towards each other romantically.
On this Valentine’s Day week I am attempting to give some biblical clarity on this all-important subject for the sake of our local churches and for the sanctity and safety of the next generation who will soon have their own families.
The following are guidelines that best fit young people but many of the principles still apply to older and more mature single adults looking for a mate.
Every pastor should have church guidelines that include boundaries for how their youth groups should be conducted.
Every youth pastor should be trained on the difference between the worldly concept of dating and the biblical concept of courtship.
Since most of the church doesn’t teach on this subject, a vacuum exists resulting in our teenagers adopting the worldview of popular culture.
Or, it is a mistake to marry a person for their personality when their spiritual life is a mess, etc.
• Youth should make chastity vows before they enter high school.
With these vows they should pledge to their parents before God they will not give their bodies over unless they are married to the other person.
Dating is revolutionized if the following guidelines are followed: • Dating should only take place in the context of having an accompanying chaperone with young couples. Groups can go to a movie or have an outing, or go for dinner so that two people can sit together and get to know one another in the safety of other trusted believers.
• Dating should not be encouraged for anyone under a certain age.
• People should be taught to back off and not run to a person to whom they are attracted.