While Paul specifically mentions marriage, the tone of Paul’s urging is clear.Christ’s relationship to the Church is our model in all human relationships.It is safe to say most of us today enjoy the freedom to date, court, and select one’s lifelong spouse. The moral erosion of our culture has encouraged people to place an over-emphasis on physical attributes, appearance, and sexual attraction.

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Romans -13 says, "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.

Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness." Although the church typically refrains from legalistic lifestyle lists, it cannot ignore the need to speak out and address problem areas that so often beset youth and singles in the dating process.

God’s Purpose for Sex Our beliefs concerning sexual intimacies are based mainly on (1) the Apostle Paul's interpretation of God's purpose in creating male and female, and (2) the biblical model of Christ and the Church.

After the creation of mankind, God identified His creation as male and female with the capacity and basic need to unite, become one flesh (Genesis ).

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).

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).

The family, formed through the marriage covenant, is God’s plan for populating the earth with people who would love God and be loved by Him.