When I was a teenager, a long time ago, those who got pregnant without being married felt ashamed and even made an effort to hide it. Today teenagers that I have known, even those in the Church, don’t seem to feel any remorse. Has the passing of time changed the “rules”? I don’t think so, God’s word tells us how to live our lives in accordance with what is best for us. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 – “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable” There are even many good reasons beyond “the Bible say so” to abstain from sex till marriage, to read more see: Pure Intimacy-Why Teens Have Sex & What Does The Bible Say
The sex statistics for teenagers is shocking: 25% of girls and 30% of boys have sex by age 15, 21% of 9th graders have slept with four or more partners, 50% of 17 year olds have had sex, 80% of teens have sex by age 19 (http://www.purehope.net/teens.asp). Relevant magazine indicates that premarital sex rates among evangelical Christian American teenagers fall only slightly behind those of the average American teenagers.
The Rock Church Jr. High department had a Hey Gurl class whose purpose was to educate, inform and encourage the girls so that they would not become one of the teen sex statistics.
Last week at The Rock Church almost 100 Jr. High girls participated in a Purity Ceremony, which was the culmination of their class. So many family members came to celebrate with the girls that the event had to be moved into the sanctuary.
The girls untie their purity rings from the birdcage to wear until marriage.
This is the vow they said together:
I promise on this day, to give myself to God. To be pure as He’s called me to be. To flee sexual immorality and strive for righteousness in mind, body and soul. To look to Jesus who takes away all of my sin. To look beyond my past, and live this commitment out to the best of my ability. May this vow honor God, myself, my family and bring glory to Jesus Christ. Amen
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