Dating and Courtship Dating and premarital courtship as practiced in 20th-century America are entirely different from the process of mate selection in Bible days.In ancient times dating and courtship were virtually nonexistent.Marriages were arranged by fathers; and great importance was placed on family lines, histories, and dowries.
A Christian respects the sacredness of sexuality and of each partners body.
We must not act impurely, nor in any way bring reproach to the body of Christ.
Paul further warns everyone against lust and passion (2 Timothy ).
He tells us to beware of godless associations that can ensnare us, and to avoid talking in ways that corrupt our thinking (Ephesians 5:3-7).
It is commonly believed among Assemblies of God constituents that lenient attitudes toward sex before or outside of marriage are completely contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture.
It is also felt that uncontrolled and irresponsible expressions of affection and sexual permissiveness are directly responsible for the breakdown of much in our society.
James explains the process of sin from temptation to spiritual death, "but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." (James ,15).
At the core of such commitment are purity, love, and self-sacrifice.