Rules for celestial dating
He also warned against Satan’s attempts to make the violation of this law seem justified or harmless.
He told of a young couple who had fallen prey to this deception of the adversary: “The boy said, ‘Yes, we yielded to each other, but we do not think it wrong because we love one another.’ I thought I had misunderstood him.
The fact that some governments and some churches and numerous corrupted individuals have tried to reduce such behavior from criminal offense to personal privilege does not change the nature nor the seriousness of the practice. Many cities and civilizations have gone out of existence because of it. There is a time and an appropriateness for all things that have value. For the love to continue, there must be an increase constantly of confidence and understanding, of frequent and sincere expression of appreciation and affection.
Good men, wise men, God-fearing men everywhere still denounce the practice as being unworthy of sons and daughters of God; and Christ’s church denounces it and condemns it. But sexual encounters outside of legalized marriage render the individual a thing to be used, a thing to be exploited, and make him or her exchangeable, exploitable, expendable. Illicit sex is a selfish act, a betrayal, and is dishonest. Their lips say, “I love you.” Their bodies say, “I want you.” Love is kind and wholesome. There must be a forgetting of self and a constant concern for the other.
It is ridiculous to imply that pornography has no effect. Murder, robbery, rape, prostitution, and commercialized vice are fed on this immorality.
Sex crime statistics seem to reflect a relationship between crime and pornography. We urge our families to protect their children in every way possible.
We live in a permissive world, but we must make certain we do not become a part of that permissive world, that degenerate world. Teach your children to avoid smut as the plague it is.
Many of them were sexual sins—adultery, being without natural affection, lustfulness, infidelity, incontinence, filthy communications, impurity, inordinate affection, fornication.
They included all sexual relations outside marriage—petting, sex perversion, masturbation, and preoccupation with sex in one’s thoughts and talking.