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Tinder Couple Who Exchanged Messages for 3 Years Finally Meets on ‘Good Morning America’

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Can You Have Sex Before Marriage? Yes—But Here’s Why Christians Are Asking the Wrong Question

Though they know the biblical standpoint on it, still many Christians ask, “Can I have sex before marriage?”

Well, like any act involving free will, of course you can. But that’s why it’s not the right question. Watch as Jefferson Bethke explores the answer to the only question regarding sex before marriage worth asking: “What leads to the most joy?

Rethinking Sexuality and Marriage: A Thoughtful Exploration by Jeff Bethke

In this engaging video message, Jeff Bethke delves into a nuanced discussion about the implications of sex before marriage, particularly within the Christian context. Beginning with a candid and somewhat awkward introduction to the topic, Bethke sets the stage for a deeper exploration into not just the act of sex, but its profound implications on personal joy, fulfillment, and spiritual alignment.

The central question often posed by young adults—whether it’s permissible to have sex before marriage—is promptly reframed by Bethke. He argues that the question isn’t about capability but about advisability: “Can I have sex before marriage?” quickly becomes “Should I have sex before marriage?” This shift in perspective encourages a more introspective approach to decision-making, not just in terms of sexuality but across all life’s arenas.

The Joy-Focused Approach

Bethke emphasizes a joy-focused framework for making life decisions. Instead of merely pushing boundaries for the sake of freedom, he encourages asking, “What leads to the most joy?” This question is meant to guide individuals towards choices that offer the deepest satisfaction and alignment with one’s values and identity, suggesting that true joy comes from living in harmony with God’s design for the world.

Sexuality: A Sacred and Integral Part of Identity

Sexuality is described as deeply intertwined with human identity—sacred, beautiful, and profound. Bethke illustrates this by comparing it to fire: within boundaries, it brings warmth and comfort, but without them, it can cause destruction. This metaphor highlights the importance of context in sexual relationships.

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

How a Popcorn Kernel Nearly Cost 41-Year-Old Adam Martin His Life

Discover the harrowing story of Adam Martin, a 41-year-old firefighter, whose life-threatening infection from a popcorn kernel stuck in his tooth led to open-heart surgery. Learn about the importance of dental health and timely medical care.

This Hospital Dance Party Between a Baby Cardiac Patient and His Amazing Pediatric Tech Will Melt Your Heart

Prepare to be moved by the incredible story of Blake Sheffer, a baby cardiac patient, and his dedicated pediatric technician who dance together daily in the hospital. Their joyous dance parties bring hope, laughter, and resilience to Blake's recovery journey.

Tinder Couple Who Exchanged Messages for 3 Years Finally Meets on ‘Good Morning America’

Discover the heartwarming story of Josh Avsec and Michelle Arendas, a Tinder couple whose three-year-long message exchange went viral, leading to their first meeting on 'Good Morning America.'