Our culture suffers from a large number of males wallowing around in quasi-manhood for many years. Boys used to grow up, get a job, and move out of the house. But we have inserted this chain of life stages from adolescence, to the college years, to early career, and so on — all of which permit young men to put off growing up, taking responsibility, and generally acting like a man.
It prevents the man from having to be clear about his intentions to pursue or end the relationship.
They are stuck going on non-dates with guys who are scared to date. In their defense, guys tell me they are afraid to ask a lady out because she might immediately assume he wants to marry her. I understand the concern, but that does not change the need for character — it makes it all the more necessary. First, you should ask girls out that you see as potential wives.
Third, throughout the relationship be clear, upfront, and honest about your intentions. If you just want to get to know her better, tell her so. If you see this relationship turning into something more serious, tell her that too. Those are the only two options for a man of God. If you are a young man intimidated by the prospect of intentionally pursuing a young woman as a wife, seek the Lord in fervent prayer. Search your heart and your intentions to ensure they are grounded in the gospel and informed by Scripture.
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With your conscience clear before the Lord and your heart and mind shaped by His word, stand confident in the care of your heavenly Father and hers and speak boldly to your sister in Christ. Our God is a God of truth, and your sister in Christ deserves to know the truth from you.
It is impossible to follow someone who will not lead. This is a good, good man — and we were kissing probably more than we should have been this was in high school, I was 17 , but I would in NO way label his behavior as sexual assault. Once I moved his hand, he never tried again. I have always heard that to mean that women have the sole power and responsibility to be sexually pure which God does not consider legitimate so we would be wise to do the same , and that men will naturally try to chip away at that wall all day and women must stand their ground.
Basically, it was his job not to rape her or force other issues like a hand on the boob , but everything else was her responsibility. What she was describing was not temptation or even the occasional slip-up. Based on the responses I got, that does not look like what either of you are advocating and I appreciate and respect that.
If by gatekeeping you mean that a woman has an obligation to turn down the occasional slip-up, should remove his hand from a sexual body part, and should do all in her power to remove temptation dressing modestly, avoiding triggers, and not making her own advances are all things I have mentioned previously , than I have absolutely no problem with that and I think we should teach our daughters that.
I do think both people have a responsiblility here. Had I attempted to seduce Tobias prior to marriage, he would have had the responsibility to turn me down. Of course, most women will have it easier so they are less likely to slip up and should take that role seriously. A good woman will want to be a help to her man. What that help looks like will be different for each couple Sarah here has a harder burden than I did but is part of what she must deal with if she wants to marry Jonathan.
On the issue of sexual assault, there is a difference between assault and assault with a deadly weapon. Violence is definitely considered a factor in the latter and it receives a much stiffer sentence as it should. If I can see the difference as a hurting and confused pre-teen, than I would definitely expect Sarah to. Yes, some girls make false rape accusations and will claim that other things that did not happen, did. Refusing to recognize that something did actually happen is not the answer to that problem.
It is the opposite extreme. Please believe me when I say that I know that it does not take a guilty verdict to hurt a man. I realize you have the emotion of being a mother to two boys. For me, I can say that i do not want my husband to face this problem, that his family has a strong Y chromosome genetic link very likely most if not all of our children will be boys and we already are calling this baby by the name we have chosen for our first son, so I do consider myself to be a mother of a son in some sense , and perhaps most importantly, have seen this happen to my own brother.
He was accused of sexual abuse by a woman who obviously had emotional and psych issues and refused to deal with them. He took a polygraph and passed. He gave that to the authorities and told them that if they wanted to question him or even arrest him, that he would be glad to meet them at the police station and would turn himself in. They refused that even though he had no criminal record , and instead showed up at his work on the Friday afternoon of a Columbus Day weekend to arrest him with the fairly obvious motivation that he would spend the weekend and the Monday in jail before a magistrate would hear his case and release him.
He was released Tuesday morning on bail, went through the court system, and was found not guilty. He did lose his job pretty sure on the spot but my memory there is a tad fuzzy. I also watched my parents who had worked so hard to get out of debt and make it work as a one-paycheck, large family, get back in debt so he could afford a good lawyer.
Believe me this made me angrier than any story from a Red Pill stranger will make you. Some things can be dealt with privately. Even issues much much bigger than what happened with Jonathan and Sarah. Also, this unfairness towards men is a HUGE issue for my husband even though he has not dealt with it personally. Believe me, he would not have married me if he thought I was callous about it and definitely not if he thought I supported it.
This is not at all the same thing as encouraging someone to make false rape charges, or that changing your mind after sex removes the previously given consent either in or not in marriage. I respect the protective nature of a mother, but I think that your immersion in Red Pill blogs may be blinding you to reality a little bit here. I know you are smarter than that. I do not see a mass wave of MGTOW although I do see an unusually large percentage of such commenters on the Red Pill blogs I do read so I can see why that would mess with your perceptions a bit.
Every man I know is either married, trying to get married, or has stated a desire in the future like the freshmen I talked to at school who were wisely waiting a few years. There are crazy people on both sides and we can either live in fear of them or use that information wisely to ensure we make a good choice in marriage. He is the one that said that he who finds a wife finds a good thing. A boyfriend touching in a moment of passion is not assault, period.
I have no desire to argue legal semantics as that is not my area of expertise. I got my information from a friend in law school. He said it was specific for our state. There is one general sexual assault law with several branches under it. The most specific way to describe what Jonathan did would be non-consensual fondling. This is an act that is subject to arrest and legal prosecution. That reasoning only works until the handcuffs click behind them. I have already said I would advise Sarah not to press charges and to see Jonathan as a Godly man who slipped up.
Obviously follow up actions must be taken to prevent this from happening again, but that does not require a legal setting. I do think there is a difference between a boyfriend doing it and a stranger doing it, but that does not mean that both actions are not illegal. That works both ways. I get felt up all the time at work by various patients and I just roll my eyes and move on. But that is a choice that I make for myself.
We have no business making that choice for other people. We definitely should not try to pretend it is not their choice to make. I do think you have a very good point though about how feminists constantly have a need to always be a victim. But even back when I was a child, I was constantly pressured to see myself as a helpless victim that would be scarred for life. The worst offender was my childhood therapist who my parents luckily made sure was a short-term thing , so I think that says something about how off the deep end we have gone in that direction.
When women refuse to be victims, that is when they are cast aside like used kleenex. I saw it happen to me on a smaller scale. Many people do not even know that she had a change of heart because her desires and wishes were only important when they lined up with the feminist agenda. I definitely would not have you take time away from your home and family as those are your God-given priorities in life second only to Him. Thank you for sharing your concerns and your heart for the Lord.
I pray he blesses your family richly and that this is a very Merry Christmas for you guys. That is a very very good point, Anna. Criminal intent is an important element in these types of prosecutions. Yes, criminal intent is a necessary component to the assault charge.
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For example, Mike is pretty persistent with sex. His persistence is often, not always…maybe one time out of three, keep in mind we have sex a LOT a pretty integral part of my feeling desired. Getting sucked back in real quick to make a clarification. I think that in marriage what Liz is describing , a baseline consent is given. That is included in most marriage vows. Therefore, his attempting to get intimate, or even attempting multiple times, is not an issue.
And I agree, that feeling of being desired definitely helps. I am the same way. In fact, Sarah has told him that she wants to wait on that stuff. Maybe she was secretly kidding, but that is what she said. A woman should know that if she wants a man to touch her she needs to give consent.
Having it not be that way might be common as premarital sex is common , but it does a disservice to us when we accept it as good practice. Nowhere in this story, is his not knowing whether or not she is okay with it, a factor. He was not violent. Men can and have been arrested for this sort of thing, like it or not. By the reasonable person standard, just going by the information above, this person failed the mens rea test.
I think by contrast Jonathan did in this case. Jonathan passed the test because………. Sarah had expressly told him that they would not be engaging in activity before marriage and had been upset when he touched her butt shortly before that? Jonathan certainly never claimed confusion after the fact. Are we perhaps trying too hard to avoid putting blame on a man simply because some women mostly but perhaps not exclusively feminists put too much blame on men for other things?
This kinda smells like that. He has a short series on it. His latest is up…. There is no biblical mandate to date this way. There is only a biblical mandate not to engage is premarital sex. Insisting this model of dating is biblically mandated is wrong. They agreed in the beginning not to engage in that type of physical intimacy. There was no agreement about emotional intimacy. So touching someone in a sexual manner that had been previously discussed as not acceptable is wrong.
However, as BGR has said, our system of dating and romance is also wrong, because it puts the man in the path of too much temptation to do this. A pastor that I once had in Houston said this: Give me a passage in the bible that specifically says what courtship should look like. Too emotionally close eventually progresses to too physically close, but I adamantly do not equate his touch as being labeled sexual assault.
That technique labeling something minor as something exaggerated and criminal is used by social justice warriors, liberals, and feminists, and usually not by reasonable people who are able to assess a situation. The Book of Ruth gives an example of a relationship between Ruth and Boaz that resulted in marriage. Note that there was no passionate romance between them before they got married. Genesis 24 is another account of how God brought a couple together without a passionate romance beforehand. In both instances, family members were involved in the marriage decision. How often does that happen today?
What Scriptures can you give us to justify a couple having a passionate romance before getting married? Could a passionate romantic relationship before marriage be classified as a youthful lust? BGR has proved that it could well lead to fornication and current statistics among our so-called Christian youth who live together before they get married prove that he is right! What is your understanding of the relationship that a man and a woman should have before they marry each other?
What are the Scriptures to back up your position? You and I both know the Bible does not speak specifically to every situation. But there are passages that tell a master he cannot physically abuse his slave and we know a wife had more rights than a slave so we can say without stretching the Biblical truth that a man cannot physically abuse his wife. My point is the Bible does not speak specifically to every situation in life — but it does give us general principles of holy living that can be applied to every situation in life.
The Bible may not give specific rules of courtship but it does give some VERY important principles regarding temptation:. Principle 1 — Do not purposefully put yourself in a situation where you know you will be tempted to sin. Principle 2 — If you are stronger in a certain area than others, do NOT exercise your freedom in a way that causes a brother who is weaker in that area to be tempted and stumble.
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Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. Principle 4 — The answer to avoiding premarital sex is NOT self control, it is marriage. So the first two principles are you should never put yourself purposefully in a position where you will be tempted to sin and you should bear with and understand the weaknesses of your brother and not put them in a position where they will be tempted to sin — even if that exact situation might not cause you to be tempted to sin.
The third principle of guarding your heart refers to your emotions — knowing that your emotions can lead you into sin is something that every Christian must understand. The fact is today young women want pre-marital romance like it is a drug. It is a high for them. In fact it makes a man act irrationally in many cases and women love this. But is this what God intended? A man should be guarding his heart and not placing himself in this situation to begin with.
This is why in many ways this post was more directed to men than to women. If young men establish these boundaries with themselves and with women they will court they can avoid being tempted to sin. And lets not forget what tempted to means. It has two meanings or two levels — the first is just to be tested that is how Christ was tempted. So December you are right there is no specific passage that says what courtship should look like.
However there are several principles of Scripture that I have shown above that when applied to courtship as they should be to every other area of our lives tells us very much what courtship should look like. Many men filled with pride tempt themselves in these situations but they would do well to heed the Scriptures warning:. When choosing a marriage partner I think people should know the other persons character.
Are they truly a Christian? What do they expect out of their spouse does your husband expect you to stay home or work? What does he think biblical submission looks like? How does he think biblical discipline looks like? How does he feel about birth control? I expect both people to be honest and honest with themselves on whether they can live with that. Other things take time to learn. Are they quick to anger? Do they encompass the fruits of the spirit? And lastly, are they actually attracted to each other? However people figure that out is up to them. I was, and am not, convicted that dating is wrong.
If someone reads this, prays, and feels convicted to court this way great they should do that. Sure Ruth is a great example of how a godly woman can gain a godly husband. I never suggested that I think we can override how God programmed the sexes. Also, I added, that emotional intimacy takes time.
I agree with all your points. There are couple who feel convicted and participate in domestic discipline. Nowhere in the bible does it say spank your wife to discipline her, but it does say discipline. But what would happen if they started a romantic relationship with each other before they got married? However, my point in both of these stories is that these couples did not base their decision to marry each other on a romantic relationship, like the vast majority of Christians today in the western world do. Yes, it is necessary to teach your children not to have sex before they get married.
However, thinking that your children can have a passionate romance and just use self control to keep from fornicating is not realistic, nor is it Biblical. Is in the passionate relationship. I guess I feel you can date and not be passionate. I see the danger in a couple going on dates by themselves where they are completely alone. I believe that they should always be in a public setting to avoid temptation. This is especially true of teenagers!
As BGR has said numerous times, the modern concept of dating, which of course includes romance, causes a lot of temptation. Perhaps the woman is not tempted to sin, but as BGR has pointed out, the man is! The Bible is very clear about avoiding temptation! Another great problem with starting a romantic relationship before getting married is if the couple breaks up. Here in the city where I live in Mexico, a fifteen year old boy committed suicide by hanging himself when his girl friend broke up with him.
How many worldly songs have you heard where the person singing says that they cannot live without their girl friend or boy friend? December I pretty much agree with most of the things you have mentioned above in looking for the right spouse. I covered these in https: By the way I am as Baptist as they come — my background for most of my life growing up was Independent Fundamental Baptist and I still attend a conservative Baptist Church.
So I know exactly where you are coming from in that regard. I can also appreciate your hesitancy about one person making their personal conviction have to apply to everyone else. I do think you probably sincerely think that I and others here who agree with me are doing the same thing with dating. But let me tell you when it comes to a relationship between a man a woman this is VERY different thing.
For instance — why do we tell Christian men they should not go to topless bars? The reason is because Yet we kid ourselves and say because a Christian girl has more clothes on than that dancer that eventually her boyfriend is not going to have the same thoughts of touching her? This is why distance is so important when it comes to men and women in pre-marital relationships. Both emotional and physical distance are critical. Now you can ask all or most of those questions you pose in a public setting. Whether it is in the living room of your parents house with you sitting in separate chairs Or even if you were to go out to restaurant with family attending.
I realize there may be some more personal questions you may want to ask as the relationship progresses to make sure they are the right one and there are ways to speak alone — but really not be alone. I actually have seen that in Baptist churches where women purposefully look to put men in tempting positions to see how they will react and then they judge them accordingly. I would run from such women as far as I could go. If a woman has no sympathy for or understanding of the male nature we as Christian men need leave her to be an old maid.
I teaching my sons to look out for women like this. It is one thing for a woman to have high spiritual standards — it is another for her to have complete ignorance of male nature and male needs. That is kind of common sense. That math is just not going to work that way. That said, I really caution against your advice to rush into marriage without knowing the person your are marrying simply for the purpose of avoiding premarital sex. You are trading one set of problems for another.
Yes, you solve the problem of yearning for sex maybe , but if the couple lacks a solid spiritual and emotional connection, or they are just poorly compatible as partners, they are in for a lot of struggle. A marriage partner needs to be chosen with much wisdom and care, and this can require time…. You are right that in past culture couples often did no know each other well before marriage. However, we need to be careful idealizing such cultures. Humans were sinful then and they are sinful know, and marriage has always been a struggle.
Ask Lot, or Abigail, or Sarah, or, or, or. Remember, in times past it was culturally acceptable to physically abuse women and view them as property. I for one am grateful that this is no longer the culture for women, and that my father did not have the right to sell me in marriage to a man who was a stranger. Yes, it takes a different type of struggle today to meet, date, get to know, and choose a spouse. But personally, I will take it. There is no perfect road to marriage on planet earth where humans are sinful. But God redeems and provides in every culture for those who trust him.
That said, I do agree that prolonged engagements are unwise at best and terribly dysfunctional at worst. Better to wait until one is actually prepared to marry, and then date wisely. If she is real, then by all means a list of compatability could come down to a picture to see physical attraction and a that list…. I have never met a woman let alone a young woman who could keep her emtions in check.
Never and it is silly to think a female could contain it before marriage. The young women see this and find it unappealing and unattractive. Thus leaving them all the reason to find a man that will show his masculinity toward them. Not necessarily in sexually overt ways, but in a way that makes her at the least attractive and feminine. Most young christian men have become white knights and social justice warriors that even secular sjw couldnt compete with. They christian men are the apex of white knightery. It is quite frankly gaggy. I see it every sunday and during the wee.
I thank God my son doesnt act like them, show decency to his friends that are girls, but acts in a way that lets them know they are not his equal and that he is in control. My fear for him is findng someone who will not be submissive and will constantly challenge him to the point of divorce. Young women want you g men to be the better version of themselves.
We have a friend whos daughter has claimed 2 false rape accusations.
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The mom is a feminist christian and raised her daughters to be sjw feminists. I dont know how this younger generation deals with the hypocrisy of women and thier stupid ideas of relationships… Theyre all one sided toward themselves. She sees that what has always been covert with women is now becoming overt and ruining western civilization…. It is that bad.
And will get worse. As a woman is want to know a lot more about the man who is going t spiritually lead me and be the head of the household than whether or not he is attractive. Women have their own concerns.
I am not discounting the fact that for some couples it might take 9 months, and even for other couples like December and her husband they went 4 years with out physical intimacy. However that is not the NORM — that is the rare exception. Our standards around dating should not be built around exceptions, but rather the norm of human behavior. The fact is the vast majority of young people,whether Christians or not will be engaging in some type of inappropriate physical behavior, even if something less than intercourse in a matter of just a few months of dating.
It is the reality of how God has created man and a woman. For most women, when they share their emotions with a man, eventually they will be sharing their body as well — it is how God has designed us and why long courtships are not a good idea. I understand you caution and concern about couples rushing into a relationship and marrying the wrong person.
But I would humbly submit to you that the methods I am advocating are not about emotion — but about compatibility. It is about putting spiritual concerns before emotional and physical concerns. I would submit to you that most of the time you could put the average man with the average woman together and if they shared the same faith and the philosophy of Biblical marriage agreement on gender roles they can overcome almost any other differences including cultural differences and personality differences.
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The reason many couples discover after marriage that they were incompatible is usually because of one of two reasons:. They based their entire relationship on feelings she is cute, he is cute, I love they way they make me feel and never did the hard work to see if they shared the same faith and same views of Biblical marriage gender roles.
They did try and make sure they were compatible and had the same faith and same views of Biblical marriage — but one person was a VERY good liar. Let me tell you something — if someone can lie for 4 months — they can lie for a year. Many people put on a great show until they are married and then the real person comes out. I have many friends whom this has happened to and it is very sad. But marriage is a RISK. All we can do is do out best to mitigate that risk but I do not think longer pre-marital relationships are the answer.
I think vigorous pre-screening and talking to the relatives and friends and Church members of a perspective spouse is the right answer. But even if you do all this could a person who knows all the right things to say slide past all this? Some people are even fake with the people they attend church with. There is no dating process that will weed out all bad apples. Marriage is always a risk — but everything in life that is worthwhile is a risk. Please read this article on the dangers of dating in this link: I applaud you for that statement, December!
Many people today bail out of these rough life decisions and get a divorce, especially over fianancial issues. I am very glad that you and your husband got closer and became one more during these rough times instead of getting divorced over them. That is a great example for the rest of us! What you have said also strengthens his argument that the modern system of dating based mainly on romantic love is very dangerous! What you mention are the old Patriarchal standards that women have shown when given feminist freedom to act as they please to hate and reject.
Women know how strong the male sex drive strong is and they love it and crave it! Remember the non virginal brides in the OT? Actually , by respecting this patriarchal standards , they were respecting man and fatherhood. Women have shown their true colours , and no matter how hypocrite or shy about it some may be , they do crave sex as much as men and tend to love FREE sex more than marital sex and its DUTIES.
Women hate duties ,; they are like wild animals that need taming! Women submitted to those patriarchal standards as long as men called the shots. I remember being still virgin at I became Christian at 20 and was told to remain so until marriage.. We are so used to thinking that male sex drive is so strong because man needs physical release semen … how far we are from the truth!
Women having no semen does not mean they have no sex drive! I should say that women have a more emotional sex drive that consists in delighting in feeling wanted , so strongly that it may lead to rape fantasy. What do you mean by emotionally intimate? Could you be a like more specific? My boyfriend and I have been dating a year and are very close. We both believe in absolutely no touch before marriage. We are planning on getting married in 7 months. However we are VERY close. I share everything with him and he with me. We work very hard with keeping our conversations appropriate but we both struggle with wanting each other physically and obviously it is even more difficult for him.
However the entire paradigm of dating just sets you both up for a fall even with the best of intentions. You see in dating you and he go various places alone together. You might be in a public restaurant or movie theater but then you have those car rides together with just the two of you. If he did not have the standards he does and you did not he probably could have had sex with you on day 1 of your relationship. For you the emotional intimacy made you want him more and more which turn makes him want you even more. And as to your question — emotional intimacy is just that.
What are things that make you and he emotionally intimate? It might be some of the same things your would share with a girl friend. It is just talking about your ups and downs, what makes you happy and what makes you said. It is comforting one another on a bad day and sharing joyous news on a good day. You have to realize that the same things that would have make you feel closer to others will make you feel closer to him.
If you were to share how someone hurt you emotionally with your Mom, Dad, sister or girlfriend is that going to make you more sexually drawn to them if they respond in an empathetic way? If you are a normal person the answer will be no. Your feeling emotionally connected to these people does not make you want them sexually. But when you share these same connections with him and he empathizes with you and connects with you it makes you want him sexually.
There is and old saying that is very true — when a woman shares her emotions with a man, eventually she shares her body. That is how women have affairs. Some guy at work listens to them when their husband does not and next thing you know she is in bed with him. So what is the answer to this — the answer to truly avoiding temptation is the courtship method.
It means you are never alone with him and you are always around family members when together. It means you keep the conversations to factual basis. I realize by our modern standards this sounds crazy — but this was how men and women came together in marriage before the modern era and they had a much smaller amount of people having sex outside of marriage and divorce. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. A Christian dating stor y Jonathan was a young Christian man raised in a conservative Baptist Church. What went wrong with our Christian dating story? This is what is wrong with Christian dating.
Christian dating tries to have a man and woman share many of the intimacies that a husband a wife share together except the physical intimacy of marriage. All forms of intimacy that exist in marriage between a man and a woman are ONLY to exist in marriage. How to stop this emotional cruelty toward men The answer to stopping this cruelty toward men is to abandon the entire of concept of Christian dating as we know it and return to a Biblical model of courtship and betrothal. The Bible gives us two ways to stop this emotional cruelty toward men The two answers to this problem are for men to flee intimate relationships with women before marriage and only in marriage then pursue both emotional, spiritual and physical intimacy with a woman as God intended it to be.
Often they will point to these translations of I Corinthians to bolster their claim: But what about Jacob and Rachel? The following passages from Genesis 29 are cited as evidences of pre-marital romance between Jacob and Rachel: Well if we look down at verse 13 we see another kiss taking place: But advocates for pre-martial romance in the Bible point to this next part of the story as definitive proof for their position: It was because she was beautiful.
But what about pre-marital romance? Engage in emotional AND physical intimacy before marriage. Many Christian young people are doing just that today. But not far into their relationship, many young ladies actually realize how cruel it is for a man to be in an emotionally intimate relationship with a woman yet be denied physical intimacy so they give in and give him that physical intimacy. The relationships between men and women as presented in the Old Testament are to be followed: Missionary, I think you have described my position well — that a courting couple should keep things at a friendship level and not allow it to move beyond that.
Just one quick comment hopefully. But we see another principle in the New Testament that the stronger brother or sister should help the weaker brother or sister: Also… It really does bother me, you know… as mother to two amazing boys… to think that Christian women will accuse them of sexual assault when they the girl is passionately kissing them and hugging them and creating an environment of extreme sexual tension on her part — and tension that gets worse the closer they are emotionally. BGR, I have a comment in mod because of a link added just letting you know.