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While there can be some benefits from dating, it is based on the wrong motive—getting instead of giving. It has the wrong goal—go as far as you can. And it can produce wrong results—broken hearts and damaged emotions. Each time, as the pain caused from the last relationship fades into the background, the guy and girl develop a new romance with a different partner.
The whole scenario of getting deeply involved romantically, breaking up, and doing the same thing over and over again becomes a dress rehearsal for divorce. Is there a better way? Courtship is a relationship in which both guy and girl have the same long-term purpose in view. The requirement for courtship involves a commitment on the part of both guy and girl to certain guidelines: A "one man, one woman" commitment.
A restraint of affections. Lust is a getting proposition and it demands immediate satisfaction.
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Real love will wait for the right time and right circumstances. It is not unusual for two committed Christians to agree to refrain from all physical contact beyond holding hands until marriage. Some of the happiest married couples can testify to the fact that their first kiss was at the marriage altar!
Respect for parents on both sides. In a God-ordained courtship, there should be the approval of the parents on both sides. If one or both sets of parents disapprove of the relationship, that is a danger signal which should not be ignored.
A successful marriage involves serious preparation on the part of both the guy and girl. Financial freedom is a necessity in a happy marriage. The couple should seriously consider a budget. You may be madly in love with each other, but if you do not have a good education and financial freedom, you may not be ready for courtship.
Ideally, both husband and wife should be committed Christians who love the Lord Jesus with all their hearts. There will be serious problems if one partner is a fully-committed Christian and the other is complacent about the things of God. Under no circumstances should a born-again Christian marry an unbeliever. The Rewards of Courtship Courtship brings a new freedom in relationships with the opposite sex.
You are focused on one person and not wondering about every guy or girl you meet. It avoids envy and jealousy. Courtship promotes self-control and moral purity. It promotes responsibility—you are seriously planning and preparing for life. What does God say? God delights in the happiness of His children. Every command of God is an expression of His love and His desire that we enjoy the best He has in mind for us.
Let us see what God says about sexual matters. Fornication Sexual intercourse between a man and a woman who are not married is called fornication. God hates this sin because it destroys the beautiful plan that God has in mind for you. For you are bought with a price: In business, defrauding is cheating—leading someone to expect certain benefits which you know are false. When a guy professes to love a girl and talks about their getting married some day in order to entice her to have sex with him, that is defrauding.
This means God will punish those who commit this sin.
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A good rule for guys and girls is this: Do not give or take that which may some day rightfully belong to another person.
Homosexual sins God forbids all sexual intercourse between two members of the same sex. God does not hate homosexuals; He loves them! He loves them so much that He gave His only Son to die for them. But God hates their sin. The Bible tells us that God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of this sin.
Marrying an unbeliever For a Christian to marry an unbeliever is a violation of the will of God. In no uncertain terms God warns us against this sin. Let this fact impress itself on your mind: Wait for the right person and the right time A researcher has discovered a way to forecast the future of four-year olds by watching how they interact with a marshmallow.
He invites the children one by one into a plain room with nothing but a small table and a marshmallow. Through a one-way window he is able to watch what happens. Some children grab the marshmallow the minute he is gone. Some last a few minutes while others are determined to wait. They cover their eyes, sing to themselves, try to play a game, or even fall asleep. When the scientist returns, he gives these children their hard-earned two marshmallows. But that is not the end of the story.
By the time these children reached high school, the researcher found that those, who as four-year olds held out for the second marshmallow, grew up to be better adjusted, more popular, more confident and dependable teenagers than those who gave in to temptation early on. We are composed of three parts—body, soul, and spirit. Our soul is our self—composed of mind, emotions, and will.
Our spirit is our innermost being by which we can know God and receive His life. They develop a deep friendship based on their common love for the Lord Jesus. As they grow closer to God, they draw closer to each other.
In the courtship period, as they grow closer to God, they again grow closer to each other. Finally, in marriage, they enjoy oneness of spirit, oneness of soul, and oneness of body.
They become one in Christ. The result is the deepest, happiest, most fulfilling relationship that can be known by two people in this life. I will save sex for marriage. I will not be involved in the sin of fornication, even if it means losing dates. I want to wait until then. I will learn to say "No! Young people who are involved in sinful pleasures take delight in dragging others down to their level.
If you make excuses, they will keep after you. I will learn to be content as a single person. The fact is, if I am not happy and content as a single person, I will not be happy and content as a married person.The Love & Relationship Quiz
I will guard my heart. I have given my heart to the Person who loves me so much that He died on a bloody cross for me so I could live in Heaven with Him. I will wait for the one of His choice. I will date only Christians. God has told me in no uncertain terms that it is never His will for me as a believer to marry an unbeliever.
If I do not date an unbeliever, I will not marry one.
I will seriously consider courtship. Until I am ready for marriage, I will not be involved in a lot of pointless romantic relationships that create problems.
I will turn away from flirting and playing the dating game. For a fuller discussion of Ellen White's indebtedness, see "Mrs. Shouldn't her books be given away? Thousands of Ellen White's books are given away. In such cases, however, some person or group has donated funds to cover the printing costs--just as copies of the Word of God are circulated freely only by means of the generosity of others.
When one bears in mind that Ellen White herself underwrote the costs of preparing book plates, illustrations, and translations, not to mention the costs of producing the book manuscripts themselves, it does not appear unreasonable that she should expect to cover those expenses through the regular mechanism by which most authors are remunerated--royalties. In addition, copyrighting a book provides a protection for maintaining the accuracy of the text.
Today, there are continuing expenses incurred in maintaining Ellen White's original manuscripts, preparing new publications, including CD-ROM products, and other materials pertaining to her life and ministry.
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Didn't Ellen White contradict her own counsel when she sometimes sent tithe funds directly to needy ministers? Ellen White's instruction on the proper application of the tithe funds is clearly presented by her in Testimonies for the Church, vol. She states that the tithe is to be brought into God's treasury to sustain gospel laborers p.
They are not to use it for themselves in an emergency, nor to apply it as they see fit, even in what they may regard as the Lord's work" p. Ellen White's policy and practice was to follow that model.
She wrote in"I pay my tithes gladly and freely, saying as did David, 'Of thine own have we given thee'" Pastoral Ministry, p. At a time when certain denominational workers were being inadequately sustained or deprived outright of legitimate salaries, Ellen White acted upon instruction she received from the Lord that she should assist such workers with her own tithe funds, if necessary. She did not regard her action as either the withholding of tithe funds from the treasury or the redirection of them to unauthorized uses.
Rather she recognized the inability of the "regular channels" to meet the needs of those particular workers at that point in time. What about that "pork" testimony? Ellen White did not claim that after her health vision she never again ate meat. Prior to the vision, she believed that she "was dependent upon a meat diet for strength.
She cut meat out of her "bill of fare" immediately, and it was no longer a regular part of her diet. She practiced the general principles she taught others, such as that one must use the best food available under the circumstances.
When away from home, either while traveling or camping in austere conditions, decades before convenience foods were invented, finding an adequate diet was often difficult. Not always able to obtain the best, for whatever reason, she at times settled for the good--the best under the circumstances. Ellen White was not dogmatic regarding meat eating. In she noted, "I have never felt that it was my duty to say that no one should taste of meat under any circumstances.
I have never felt that it was my duty to make sweeping assertions. What I have said I have said under a sense of duty, but I have been guarded in my statements, because I did not want to give occasion for anyone to be conscience for another" Counsels on Diet and Foods, pp. In modern attempts to understand history, too frequently the past is judged by the present, most often unknowingly.
Individuals of the past must be judged in the context of their circumstances, not ours. In a day without refrigeration, when obtaining fresh fruit and vegetables depended on where one lived and the time of the year, when meat substitutes were rarely obtainable before the introduction of peanut butter and dry-cereals midson some occasions one either ate meat or nothing at all.
In our day, in most circumstances meat eating is rarely a necessity. While in Australia, she came to the place where she "absolutely banished meat from my table. From that time on January it was understood "that whether I am at home or abroad, nothing of this kind is to be used in my family, or come upon my table" ibid. Many of Ellen White's strongest statements against meat were written after she had renewed her commitment to total abstinence in Ellen White's major health visions of and encompassed all features of the health reform message that she emphasized until her death.
Changes in certain emphases through the years only refined those principles, they did not add or subtract from them. As time passes, even prophets must take time to assimilate revealed principles--time for theory to become practice in their own lives. She constantly advocated the principle, in practice as well as in teaching, that everyone who is committed to truth will move from the bad to the good, from the good to the better, from the better to the best.
Such was her experience.
What about her apparent reversal on the question of eating pork? In she wrote to the Haskells Brother and Sister A on a number of items, rebuking them for insisting that pork-eating should be made a "test question": If God requires His people to abstain from swine's flesh, He will convict them on the matter.
If it is the duty of the church to abstain from swine's flesh, God will discover it to more than two or three. He will teach His church their duty" Testimonies for the Church, vol. In the health reform vision of June 6,a broad array of health principles was revealed.
The next year she published a fifty-page chapter entitled "Health" in Spiritual Gifts, volume 4. In reference to swine's flesh she said: How does one account for this change in Ellen White's views between and ? First, she had received no light from God on swine's flesh before Her vision in did not inform her as to the rightness or wrongness of eating pork. Rather, it reproved this brother for creating division among Adventists by making the issue a test question at that time.
Second, she left open the possibility that if pork-eating ought to be discarded by God's people, He would, in His own time, "teach his church their duty.